5 Inspiring Books That Can Help You Live an Authentic and Happier Life

Are you in need of inspiration? maybe you’re feeling creatively stuck, emotionally drained or maybe you’re just searching for something more, maybe you want to change your life, embrace your inner wild self and free spirit or create a life that you’ve been dreaming of -filled with love and light but you don’t know how and you don’t know where to start…

Well, these 5 books have inspired me to listen to my heart, to love myself, to finally start living a creative life and to have the courage to take a risk and even journey alone to find myself.

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The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

My dad was the biggest Paulo Coelho fan and he had a collection of Paulo Coehlo books. The Alchemist was the first book that I read by Paulo Coeho; A story about a young Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who leaves his homeland in Spain to find a buried treasure in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, a girl that might just be the love of his life and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his dreamquest. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly pleasures turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.

Anyone will surely relate and some parts of the story will even sound so familiar as we all go through the same thing… It reminds us that whatever we are searching for, we already have within us and with that realized, whatever we dream of we can achieve. Santiago is all of us in our journey to following our hearts.

The Alchemist written beautifully in Paolo Coehlo’s poetic allegory is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. It is also the second best selling book in the world.

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Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
By Clarissa Pinkola Estés

I grew up in the Philippines where we have a culture that is traditional along with a very strict and conservative religion (mainly Catholics and Christians). The rule was basically to know, love, and serve God in this life, so that we can be happy with him in heaven.

The thing was, my soul never aligned with their values and beliefs and I have always felt somewhere deep in my heart that there rules, values and beliefs lead to women’s disempowerment. And so, ever since my teenage years – as I watched my mother be judged because she was a single mother raising her two daughters, for being judged because she was a strong and independent woman without a husband, I realized how much the society can control and manipulate people and lead you to live a false and judgmental life full of hate and maybe even leave you feeling emotionally drained and powerless.

But being in the presence of a woman with so much strength and tenderness as I grow up, having a mother who was a free spirit with so much spunk, who has taught me to love deeply and to be unapologetically herself has helped me in transitioning into a woman and embracing my inner wild self.

Still, it wasn’t an easy road, I was 19 when my mother passed away and especially in a world where patriarchy is being followed and the society dictates what you should and shouldn’t be – I see so many women who are so fearful of being judged, who are so disconnected from their true power and instinctive nature and who are so depressed and are lacking self-love. Finding this book will help reconnect us to live in our balance.

So, if you’re ever feeling lost and need to be found; if you’re feeling disconnected from your true self, from your wild self & the divine feminine or maybe you’re just curious to know what strengths, beauty and wildness are within your soul –  this book is for you. We all have a Wild Woman within and this book will help you find her.

 

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Big Magic
By Elizabeth Gilbert

A year ago, I didn’t have the courage to start a blog even if I really wanted to. I was scared that no one would actually read it and my anxiety made it almost impossible for me to even think that I’d have a chance at writing something worth reading.

This book made me do the opposite. It inspired me to get over myself and just do what makes me happy; do what I love. And so, this blog was born. Elizabeth Gilbert’s wit and charm filled the book with so much positive and creative energy it will inspire you to just follow your goddamn heart and let yourself have the freedom to create and be creative.

If you’re someone who is still working on unleashing your creative potential (aren’t we all), then this book is for you!

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Tuesdays with Morrie
By Mitch Albom

Morrie became the mentor I  was searching for.  This book moved me in so many ways possible – it brought so much laughs and tears in the period of two days that I was reading it.

Mitch Albom found his life mentor in his college professor Morrie Schwartz but after graduating college Mitch lost contact with professor and you know as life happens along the way and he got busy; the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. While life was happening for Mitch, Morrie, his professor was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a specific disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles.) But instead of letting this get the best of Morrie – he chose to make it as an opportunity to learn and to reach and touch the lives of others.

Mitch Albom was able to have a second chance with his old professor, rediscovering Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Morrie’s wisdom, tenderness and love overflowed in this book. It opens up your heart and your mind to the bigger questions: What really matters? Are you running after something that’s real? Are you feeding your soul what it truly needs? Are you living a loving and authentic life?

The lessons that Morrie imparts to Mitch; everyone of us will benefit from. It’s a read that would not only improve your mood but also the way you live your life.

“We’ve got a sort of brainwashing going on in our country, Morrie sighed. Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And that’s what we do in this country. Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. More is good. More is good. We repeat it–and have it repeated to us–over and over until nobody bothers to even think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all of this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore.

Wherever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new. Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. ‘Guess what I got? Guess what I got?’

You know how I interpreted that? These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.

Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you, as I’m sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you’re looking for, no matter how much of them you have.”
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

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Eat Pray Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Another one from the witty and talented Elizabeth Gilbert and this one has had a movie where Julia Robert’s starred in. But of course as always, even though I loved the movie, the book is always better.

Most of us are lost in some way, hoping to find ourselves on the next big adventure that we keep on hoping to happen but then we’re too busy living our lives. You maybe sitting on your office desk at your 9-5 job, or you may be a midwife or a nurse who is on her afternoon shift going to your next patient, or you may be a woman living in the most beautiful city in the world who’s got a high paying job and a loving but always busy  boyfriend and you’ve been searching for something… something that would make you feel alive, or something that would give you that sense of peace and calm, or maybe you’re just looking for yourself all along because in the midst of our busy or very boring lives, we’re all searching for something; something to make us happy, something to love, something to make us feel less lonely.

Elizabeth did just that – traveled for 9 months to Italy, India and Bali in search for everything. She always inspires in me courage, to do what you want to, to do what you think you need to and to be brave enough to jump into the unknown in the hopes of finding yourself on the other side.As a book lover and an aspiring writer I’ve always believed that a book can inspire ideas and ways of thinking and has the power to create a huge impact in our lives.

You see the thing with change is that you have to have the courage to do things differently because you want to have a different result, you want to be happier, you want to love yourself more, you want to start living the life you’ve always imagined and most of the time we don’t even try to start because making that first step to move forward and to leave our comfort zone is always the hardest part. If you’re like me, someone who wasn’t not raised in an environment and community that encourages change, positivity and authenticity -then I know how it maybe harder for you to believe that you deserve and you are capable of great things. But know this, YOU are deserving and YOU are capable. And so if you need a little nudge in that direction, then this is it.

Start somewhere. Go read a book. Go be happy. Go change your life.

 

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