One night before bed, as I closed my book and tucked my rose quartz crystal safely under my pillow in preparation for sleep, my (extremely) skeptical husband asked, "When did you get into all this stuff anyways?" He was referring, of course, to Spirituality. In other words, the "stuff" that remains, for the most part, highly undiscussed in my household.
As I laid beside him, this question got me thinking: "When DID I get so into all this stuff?"
Now, I could have taken the easy road out and talked about my first time at Church, that time I graduated First Communion, or the fact that my Mom was a Sunday School teacher and taught me to believe in God...but that's not when it really started for me. That's not when Spirituality started to feel like a choice.
So I kept digging through memories.
And then it came to me. The first memory I have of consciously wanting to connect to spirit was asking my Dad for a yoga video (VHS styles) when I was twelve. My Mom had just died, and I remember feeling this intuitive call to get on my mat. Except I had no idea what a mat was, and I think I caught wind of this "yoga" thing via a commercial on TV or a picture in a Best Buy flier somewhere in the "NEW RELEASE" movie section.
Of course I didn’t know this was my intuition guiding me…I was twelve. But I did know to listen.
I had never heard of yoga before.
I felt stupid taking deep inhales.
When I closed my eyes, they were really half open to make sure no one was watching me...#mortified
I practiced in my living room, pushing the coffee table out of the way, using the old school berber carpet as my mat.
My brothers would mock me, and I’m pretty sure my Dad thought it was a strange and temporary pre-teen way of dealing with my Mom’s death…so he would chuckle from his seat at the kitchen table, and leave me to it.
This was the start for me.
- Around the same time I got my first deck of Tarot cards (I still have them).
- I turned an entire wall of my suburban bedroom into a Vision Board (thousands of magazines lost their lives in the process and my Dad lost his SH*T about ruining the paint with tape…), but it was beautiful and I loved falling asleep to the vision of my dreams every night. Even as a young girl, I knew the power of visualization.
- I had been keeping a journal since I was 10, a daily practice I still live by.
So, when my husband asked me “when I got into all this stuff”…I was surprised to realize, Spirituality has always been a part of me.And what's even greater, if things and practices can be considered friends, than these are my closest allies. Looking back, I think those Rodney Yee videos saved me in my deepest season of grief; and my journals have always been a loyal companion, while my tarot cards have constantly reminded me to let go and sink back into trust.
Of course, as my life has shifted and times have changed so has my spiritual practice, but I love allowing my daily rituals to grow, shift, and evolve with the seasons of my life. There have been times (like the four month “Spring Break” I took when I was 22 that had my ass dancing on speakers every night sharing bottles of tequila with strangers) during which spirituality wasn’t always prevalent…but it has always been present.
Like the old friend I knew I could call at any moment and it would feel like minutes had passed since our last conversation. Spirituality has always been there.
This week, we're inviting you to become friends with your own Spirituality! To take the first step and perhaps tread waters you’ve not yet entered…to explore a realm that feels raw, vulnerable, WOO, and maybe even a little bit outside your comfort zone. Or perhaps you’ve already approached the topic of Spirituality, and you’re looking to go a little deeper, explore a broader range of topics and discover new leaders that might serve you in this season of life.
Wherever you’re at, dive in! You never know what’s waiting for you on the other side of an experience, an opportunity, an invitation...
So without further adieu, these are 10 of mine and Jak's favourite books that sparked curiosity and helped us take our SPIRIT GAME to the next level. Rise up sister! See what your soul has to offer, I promise the depths of your beauty will continue to amaze you as you walk fiercely inwards to discover all that you are.
Opening the flood gates,
1. A Return to Love- Marianne Williamson
Both Rob & Jak keep this book permanently on their nightstands, returning to it regularly as a reminder to Return to Love. You will love this book if you're ready and willing to surrender to the purity of your being - love.
“It takes courage...to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain ofunconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” - MW
2. Anatomy of the Spirit - Caroline Myss, Ph.D.
This book taught me how interconnected my mind, body and spirit truly are. Before this book, I lived as three separate selves...after this beautiful read, I united each part of me to become whole. I highly recommend this book to every woman ready to feel her wholeness.
“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.” - CM
3. Eastern Body Western Mind- Judith Anodea
A guide to understanding the chakras - from the root of our beginning to the journey of enlightenment and liberation. This book will provide you with a thorough understanding of the power of your energetic being and let you in on a few secrets you probably didn't know about how your energy affects your overall wellbeing. Deep and intense - I treat this book like a text book, a reference guide to my chakras.
“Give up being safe and your power chakra will awaken more quickly.” - JA
4. Conversations with God- Neale Donald Walsch
What do you say about a book titled "Conversations with God"...I mean, before I read this book, God was a man I pretended to talk to in Sunday School when I was eight years old and highly influenced. This book changed my perspective, initiated my new (and exciting) relationship with God, and opened my eyes to the fact that, "Wait a second, I AM GOD". I hope this book does the same for you!
“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore, not to find out Who You Are, but seek to determine Who You Want to Be.” - NDW
5. Daring Greatly - Brene Brown
I read Daring Greatly while I was on the road to California, cruising the West Coast in my RV looking for some inspiration. This book did NOT disappoint! For the woman seeking permission to step fully into herself without shame, embraced by the big burly arms of bravery, this book will help you take the first step. Find your voice and find safety in vulnerability - you'll be happy you did.
6. The Art of Living- Thich Nhat Hanh
A simple and lovely read to remind us of the simplest way back to happiness - a remembering that we are all one. I loved how easy this read was, how relatable and impactful. This book would also make a great gift for anyone in your life looking for a return to joy!
“Aimlessness does not mean doing nothing. It means not putting something in front of you to chase after. When we remove the objects of our craving and desires, we discover that happiness and freedom are available to us right here in the present moment.” - TNH
7. You are a Badass at Making Money- Jen Sincero
If y'all know Jak and I, then you know we loooove to help women live a life of total f*ing abundance, and this book is a GREAT place to start! Your relationship with money is about to get one heck of a makeover, so dive in ready to receive money miracles and open to the depths of Universal abundance!
“RICH: Able to afford all the things and experiences required to fully experience your most authentic life.” - JS
8. The Book of Awakening - Mark Nepo
This book got me through a LOT of periods of self doubt, self loathing, deep inner questioning, and well...straight up #selfhate if I'm completely honest. The format of this book makes it easy to consume, inviting you to read one page a day. This book is an AMAZING GIFT for ANYONE and EVERYONE at any point in their life, and I highly recommend keeping it in your daily tote to read on the subway or while you're waiting in line for that yummy coffee! A total must have for women looking to stay connected to spirit on the daily.
“…there are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths.” - MN
9. White Hot Truth - Danielle LaPorte
This book is one of Jak's favourites, and a really great read if you're looking for a relatable, humorous, and real AF take on self care and Spirit. Danielle LaPorte writes like your best friend, giving you the advice no one else will on how to be gentler and not take yourself so seriously on this road to finding the ultimate self love. A really great intro book and super easy to read!
“Steadily, we are listening more to the intelligence of our hearts—and acting on that wisdom. And that's what spirituality is—an expression of Love.” - DP
10. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
I almost left this book off the list because it seemed too obvious. Ya know? But let's face it, The Alchemist is a beautiful story that will inspire you to listen to your heart. If you're feeling stuck in a place where your road is blocked and you just can't decide what's next for you, what feels right, or what your intuition is truly saying...this book will guide you home. Short, sweet, and totally captivating.
“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.
"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.” - PC