Finally, 2017 is here, and many of us are hoping for an enlightening, positive year. After cleansing the negative energy that followed many of us in 2016, we’re focusing on personal and spiritual growth. What better way to improve our mindsets than by reading thought-provoking books that help us see the world differently? Here are my top choices for spiritual literature, all of which are appropriate for people of all religions and backgrounds.
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle’s book “‘The Power of Now” offers a new perspective for how to look at your life. This New York Times bestseller is a favorite of many, and has helped readers learn how to live their lives in the present moment rather than focusing on shortcomings and creating painful thoughts and situations for themselves.
“Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
“Women Who Run With the Wolves” takes a closer look at numerous mythological stories, examining them through an “eco-conscious lens,” according to Fractal Enlightenment. The book focuses on how these human stories reflect one ultimate truth: That we are all connected. The book is a must-read for men and women alike.
“The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have” by Mark Nepo
Cancer survivor and philosopher Mark Nepo penned “The Book of Awakening” with the goal of showing readers how to focus on what’s most important in life. Filled with inspirational quotes from Nepo (you’ve probably seen many of them on calendars or social media), the book is a fantastic source of motivation and positive thinking.
“The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama is obviously a spiritual inspiration for many, and in his book “The Art of Happiness,” he sits down with Psychiatrist Howard Cutler to discuss his philosophy on happiness. He shares how living compassionately and disciplining one’s mind can lead individuals toward happiness and away from negative distractions.
“Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives” by Dan Millman
“Way of the Peaceful Warrior” is a story about champion gymnast Dan Millman. In the book, Millman meats a 96-year-old mentor named Socrates whose insights help him to see light differently. Like many of the books on this list, Millman’s book is an international bestseller.
“Light on Life” BKS Iyengar
Yoga practitioners in particular will appreciate the late BKS Iyengar’s book Light on Life. In his book, Iyengar discusses how yoga and yogic principles inform the way we look at our lives, and how they can help us reach a state of enlightened thinking and consistent happiness. It all begins, according to Iyengar, with learning to discipline both the body and the mind.
“The Alchemist” By Paulo Coelho
The only true fictional story on our list, The Alchemist tells the tale of a shepherd boy named Santiago. Though Santiago yearns to travel the world, he must first learn to listen to his heart and get to know himself. The story of his personal journey offers many nuggets of wisdom for readers of all ages.