I love books. I think they are great. I often joke I hate reading and screw my nose up at the thought of it, but I think sometimes I associate books with the awful novels they made you read at school for study that were clearly outdated.
I like specific kinds of books though, ones that help you and change your mindset, or of course have pictures of amazing food. But, they have to be a proper book. Tangible books where you can highlight the pages or feel the paper between your fingers and even hug! I don’t think I will ever get on the e-book bandwagon and although they are handy, I will always purchase a hardcopy over a kindle or PDF version.
I recently put an order into Amazon.com the other day to get some books for my health – both physical and mental. I purchased these books from recommendations from family and friends and look forward to reading them and sharing my opinion on each one to help inspire you to possibly pick up a book and make a change.
1. You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay
2. Live Raw – Mimi Kirk
3. Unlimited Power – Anthony Robbins
4. Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
5. Superfoods – David Wolfe
As you can see, a bit of an eclectic mix of books but all focused on the aspect of health. I feel like I am in a bit of a healing stage in life at the moment. Trying to heal my gut health, my body and my mental health. I find I tend to hold onto shit that has happened in the past, especially bad things that just add to my mental load which in turn greatly impacts on your body. I need to get rid of this ASAP and decided to start with Louise Hay’s book first. Although I try to besuper positive, I am one of the most stubborn people I know and can get extremely negative. If I set an expectation and miss it by half a mark, I automatically think I have failed. I really believe this perfectionist attitude came about from being a child with the father I had. Obviously being an adult, you can’t always blame your parents for everything that happens. As a child, growing up and getting 100% or very close to, in every test I ever did as and being told you could do better and how could have you done better really does stick with you. I need to change this as being a perfectionist is very taxing on your mental state and often leaves you being quite dissatisfied with the end result.
Louise Hay gets you to do a couple of mental tasks and really gets you to delve deep so you can find the source of a problem. I found it really interesting too that I had a dream last night after doing these tasks. In this dream, it involved myself and a man whom I obviously knew very well in dream land. He was a lifeguard (no idea the relevance of this but he had a cute bum) and he really took my fancy. It turned out by the end of my dream, he was involved with one of my friends and acted like I didn’t even exist, even though we were friends to start off with. I literally woke up and thought what the fuck. Actually, I think I even said it. I realised this happens far too often and I really think this is why I have so much trouble opening up and accepting affection or gifts as I really do not like touching or hugging or people being in my personal space at all as I just assume something bad will happen and don’t like opening up and trusting people.
It made me think though, because I didn’t really love myself at all, I was attracting people into my life that didn’t either. Make sense? I do attract certain people into my life which often involves me being in the pain I am after they have left my life. Reading the book, it’s made me realise that by changing my state and loving myself and everyone around me, I will attract someone in my life who mirrors me and my values. I guess this works with friends, families, relationships etc.
So here we go, some Louise Hay affirmations, practice them for yourself and change your mindset to see if it makes a difference in your life:
“I only attract loving people in my world for they are a mirror of what I am.”
“I love myself, therefore, I behave in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied.”
Lunch and Louise <3