Summer is a great time to start reading a new book or pick up an old one you haven’t finished. In the summer, self-help books are a great option because they help us expand our consciousness. We explore pieces of ourselves that we sometimes forget about. This exploration can lead us to feel a lightness of being or a sense of darkness, but in either case, the summer weather helps to smooth out any emotional responses we have to self-exploration. Here are 6 of my all-time favorite self-help books that changed my life for the better.
1. The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle
Widely considered to be one of the most illuminating self-help books of all time, this book sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. The great wisdom of this book helped me immensely, and I know I’m not alone in this. Eckart Tolle’s book taught me how to be peaceful and let go of my preconceived notions of ‘future’ and ‘past’ in order to truly live in the now. I’m not plagued by my past or my own anxieties the way I used to be, and although change takes time, it has been persistent. Pick this book up when you’re feeling anxious and stressed about what may or may not happen in the future.
2. The Power of Intention, Wane Dyer
This particular self-help gem really showed me what it means to want something with every fiber of your being.
To truly want something goes beyond the want itself and moves you to action. Without action, your desires are nothing more than wishes and this book can help you make that connection in your own life sooner rather than later. The Power of Intention teaches the difference between desires and intentions and shows readers how to build a strong intention that blossoms into action. This is the only way to manifest success! Definitely, a read that I loved and feel a deep connection to. It’s informed much of my own decision to create meditations that help people overcome anxiety.
3. The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, Debbie Ford
“All of your so-called faults, all the things which you don’t like about yourself are your greatest assets,” she says. “They are simply over amplified. The volume has been turned up a bit too much, that’s all. Just turn down the volume a little. Soon, you—and everyone else—will see your weaknesses as your strengths, your ‘negatives’ as your ‘positives.’ They will become wonderful tools, ready to work for you rather than against you. All you have to do is learn to call on these personality traits in amounts that are appropriate to the moment. Judge how much of your wonderful qualities are needed, and don’t give any more than that.”
Debbie Ford is a genius in this book. Her message of human connection, her core belief that within each person there exists the capacity for every emotion imaginable is so powerful and so real, that it’s nearly impossible to read without feeling touched by it.
4. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is a wise teacher, one who has informed much of my own spiritual journey and discovery. Much of the book focuses on becoming more comfortable in a world of instability. Learn to go with the flow. Accept change as it comes. Relinquish your desire to control things you cannot change. It’s a quick read, and a worthwhile book to keep in your collection. You’ll come back to it again and again as you experience day-to-day life. Their website published a great article that gives a summary of the seven spiritual laws if you’re interested in learning more.
5. When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron
If you’re experiencing heartbreak, loss of a loved one, or relational stress, open this book now. It cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth. It uses a Buddhist lens to cut through the minutiae of life and inform readers on the love that exists in the world, regardless of personal circumstance or belief. It’s one of those books that you read and go, “Huh. I’ve been feeling this way forever but now I have a language to use to speak on it.” It’s truly life changing because it gives you control over feelings you have always had but didn’t know how to express.
6. The Language of Letting Go, Melody Beattie
This book is all about empowerment. It includes daily reminders for every day of the year and helped me work through the ending of a relationship. The simple language is easy to grab onto and provides daily support during instability. Even if your whole world is turned upside down, Melody cuts through with insight and wisdom.
About the Author:
Steve Guarino is a certified integrative life coach, self-help author of Make Peace with Panic Naturally, and teacher of guided meditation. He is passionate about helping others find peace and happiness in spite of the life challenges they may be experiencing. Now that he is free from panic attacks, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, writing, traveling, and many other things that he struggled to do previously. Read more about Steve and his work here.