It has been a bit since I have posted. I am currently going to school full time and working full time, so I have less availability to dedicate to posts. However, I am about halfway through, so hopefully I can post more frequently.
One thing I have been doing in my snatches of free time is reading. As you well know, I love me a good book. I have recently read a book that could be categorized as “self-help.” Now, if you know me, you know I do not read this kind of book often. I will sometimes read how-tos for things I want to do, but rarely do I pick up a self-help type of book.
The book: Talking Stick Diaries: Embody Your Power (Volume 1)
The Author: Rebekah Gamble, Holistic Practitioner
Overall, my reaction is that it is a very interesting book that really speaks to me on a deeper level. I was a bit skeptical when it was recommended at first, since I feel many in that genre go through the “this is what it is,” “this is why your life sucks,” and “this is what you do” routine. I don’t do well with that kind of literature.
This was different. This is a series of prompts leading one through and encouraging self-exploration. It deals with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. I found myself reading and considering all of the prompts without feeling a specific dogma is being forcibly shoved down my throat. Sure, energy is discussed, but so is a range of emotions and experiences. Religion, archetypes, and historical figures were included. I enjoy the holism of the book. Some of the prompts were harder for me than others, but I think it was a very well-rounded little book.
This is one of many favourite quotes:
From within yourself, there are no walls. There is no physical illness or physical limitation. There are no external forces controlling or manipulating you.
There is only endless possibility. (p.121-122, electronic version)
In the end, I really did feel empowered and open to possibilities. It has helped point out tools I already had in my little self-toolbox and guided me in expanding my use for them. I am thinking of going back and actually journaling off of the prompts instead of just reading and pondering them. Yes, dear readers, I am thinking of going back and not only re-reading it, but doing the journaling. It is that great of a book.
I think the coolest part is that it is not only encouraging a conversation within the self, but the book feels like a conversation with the author. The author comes across as a non-judgmental friend. The language is very personable, and far from high-handed or preachy. The author speaks to the reader instead of at the reader. The author seems like a person who actually cares about the hurts and scars from the past, who wants to help the readers see themselves in all their own personal glory — even if she never actually reads the journals or hears the reader’s side of the conversations. The book highlights successes and positivity. Even when discussing difficult or negative topics, kind and positive words are used. I always felt encouraged. And, despite 55 prompts (which kinda sounds like a lot), I never once felt like it was too difficult, long, boring, etc. I enjoyed all 55 of them.
I actually look forward to exploring the rest of the books, as they come out. I will also be purchasing copies for others and hope to help build them up as well.
Rating: Highly Recommended