I've mentioned it before but I use a great website, Blogging for Books, to get free books to read. It's really simple. Choose your book, read it, write a review, repeat the process. The most recent book I chose was Mallika Chopra's Living with Intent. This book came to me when I needed it most.
I absolutely loved this book. As someone who is in the process of becoming more "tuned in" and working on gratitude and mindfulness, it really resonated with me. I've never been a religious person by any means, but I do believe that there is a higher power. Whether that's God, a "divine buzz", or simply the universe is up to you. I just know that things don't happen by chance and that this book became an option when I was open and receptive to its contents.
I enjoyed Mallika's steps to INTENT (Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, Take Action) and found them to be both practical and useful for everyday.
"Intents aren't merely goals. They come from the soul, from somewhere deep inside us where we get clarity on our heartfelt desires for happiness, acceptance, health, and love. By thinking about our intents, cultivating and expressing them, we create the climate in which they're more likely to happen"
You can relate it any way that works for you.... fake it 'til you make it.... positivity breeds positivity... dress for the job you want, not the one you have, etc. The point is that your desires, dreams, and aspirations need to be nurtured into existence. You need to think about what you truly want, take notice of everything around you, and trust that the universe will be there for you. As someone who loves to plan, keep lists, and make sure everything goes the "right way", this is something I struggle with.
Reading this when I did really was an eye-opener. It made me more mindful when I did meditate. It made me slow down and take notice of the synchronicities that happen around me. Example, Helene's post a few weeks ago about signs. Or Nikki's post about why they don't post a lot of photos of BabyBigTruck, or even having a 30 minute Skype conversation with an old friend. I truly believe that these events didn't happen randomly. It helped me to realize that I need to be more gentle with myself.
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little soul-searching or even someone just looking how to make life more meaningful.
Next Read: Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin