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BOOKS: PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY
This selection of books consists of topics and practices around mindfulness, self-compassion, psychology, self-development, creativity, and spirituality. View art therapy book selection here.
THE ARTIST’S WAY: A SPIRITUAL PATH TO HIGHER CREATIVITY – JULIA CAMERON
This book will help you to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides audiences in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to open up opportunities for growth and self-discovery.
A revolutionary programme for personal renewal, The Artist's Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions and take the steps you need to change your life.
WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES – MYTHS AND STORIES OF THE WILD WOMAN ARCHETYPE – CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
Women Who Run With the Wolves is classified as both folklore/mythology and gender studies. It draws heavily on folk tales and mythology from around the world to explore the themes of the Wild Woman archetype, the forces that stand in the way of female self-awareness, and the necessary growth cycles of life, death, and rebirth.
SELF COMPASSION – KIRSTIN NEFF
Self Compassion offers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression, anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture.
Self Compassion recognises that we all have weaknesses and limitations, but in accepting this we can discover new ways to achieve improved self confidence and contentment and reach our highest potential. Simply, easily and compassionately. Kristin Neff, PhD is a professor in human development.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS – DON MIGUEL RUIZ
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.
Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
Don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec. For more than two decades, he has guided others toward their personal freedom.
MINDFULNESS FOR LIFE – OLI DOYLE
Curious about mindfulness and do not know where to start? This book might be the right one for you. It is written in a simple, short and practical style.
In this book mindfulness teacher Oli Doyle shows you how living in the present moment can help in all areas of your life, including work, relationships, family life, creativity, memory and decision-making.
Unlike many mindfulness books, Oli deconstructs the practice into everyday language. The easy-to-follow plan is broken down into six-week segments, with each week focused on a basic mindfulness principle. This book is also accompanied by daily online exercises to help your mind work more effectively and build your confidence.
LOVE’S EXECUTIONER AND OTHER TALES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY – IRVIN YALOM
Love's Executioner offers us the humane and extraordinary insight of renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom into the lives of ten of his patients - and through them into the minds of us all. Beautifully written, Yalom gives detailed and deeply affecting accounts of his work with these and seven other patients.
Deep down, all of them were suffering from the basic human anxieties - isolation, fear of death or freedom, a sense of the meaninglessness of life - that none of us can escape completely. And yet, as the case histories make touchingly clear, it is only by facing such anxieties head on that we can hope to come to terms with them and develop.
THE POWER OF NOW – ECKHART TOLLE
To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind.
This book shows you that every minute you spend worrying about the future or regretting the past is a minute lost, because really all you have to live in is the present, the now, and gives you actionable strategies to start living every minute as it occurs.
THE COMPASSIONATE MIND – PAUL GILBERT
Paul Gilbert has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 40 years with a special focus on the roles of mood, shame and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed.
His book is a great read for anyone interested in changing the way they think and act. By self-focusing and using the power of the gentler emotions of kindness and compassion a new world opens up for both the self and others.