One of the great things about the holidays is that they give you a chance to put your feet up and relax with a good book.  We don’t have anything against a good novel, but it’s nice to nurture your body, mind and spirit with some inspiring non-fiction reading, too. Here are a few wellness books that could very well change your life.

Published in 1994, Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn struck a chord in readers around the world. It quickly became a best seller and continues to inspire readers to this day. Kabat-Zinn has been credited with making meditation, particularly mindfulness meditation, acceptable to mainstream medical practitioners because of its focus on using meditation for stress reduction.  His refreshingly down-to-earth approach to meditation is accessible to everyone — from business professionals who wouldn’t see the “ROI” in meditation to spiritual seekers who might be tempted to avoid life in order not to disturb the peace of mind they get in meditation.

“Perhaps the most “spiritual” thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are.

 

 

The Whole Brain Child is a must-read for every parent. The subtitle, 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, is no exaggeration. The strategies are revolutionary because they teach us how to teach children how to use their brains from an early age. This is something most of us don’t learn until we become adults, if then. Written by neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D, the book makes neuroscience easy to understand and couples it with sound parenting advice. Even if  you’re not a parent, you can benefit from this book because it teaches you vital information about your brain and how you can make your brain serve you better.

“As children develop, their brains “mirror” their parent’s brain. In other words, the parent’s own growth and development, or lack of those, impact the child’s brain. As parents become more aware and emotionally healthy, their children reap the rewards and move toward health as well.” – Daniel J. Siegel, The Whole-Brain Child

 

Our recent post, We are NOT Victims of Genetics, was partially inspired by Dr. Norman Doidge’s groundbreaking book, The Brain that Changes Itself.  For decades, science believed our brains were fixed mechanisms that could only be treated with drugs or surgery. Centuries old beliefs about the brain were overturned with the discovery of neuroplasticity. The brain can literally be rewired through intervention or even a conscious decision to change. Dr. Doidge makes neuroplasticity easy for the layperson to understand and his case studies prove that the brain can be changed for better or for worse. Perhaps the greatest contribution this book makes to the average reader is that it opens the mind to the possibilities of self-improvement and transformation without the need for chemical or surgical intervention.

“the brain can be improved so that we learn and perceive with greater precision, speed, and retention. … we can also change the very structure of the brain itself and increase its capacity to learn. Unlike a computer, the brain is constantly adapting itself.”– Norman Doidge, M.D., The Brain that Changes Itself.

These are just a few of the inspiring wellness books that are available in our Wellness Shop. You’ll find a range of other wellness products there, too, so why not pay our shop a visit and pick up some holiday reading today?