Below are some resources on spiritual development that we find have been helpful, both for our own journey’s and for our clients’. Feel free to peruse and discuss with your therapist in session!
The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by Scott Peck, M.D.
I can’t say enough about this classic from 1978. Psychiatrist Scott Peck writes from the perspective of his profession and a born-again Christian as he shares his insights for finding fulfillment. Each of the three sections (love, discipline and grace) take you deeper into self-reflection for what is sure to stir your soul.
Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss
Caroline Myss weaves together a fascinating perspective derived from Hindu, Christian, and Kabbalah traditions to share insights into the field of energy medicine. While this may not be up everyone’s alley, Anatomy of the Spirit is noteworthy for exploring how every illness corresponds to patterns of psychological and emotional stress, beliefs and attitudes we carry in our lives. Caroline challenges the traditional barriers between mind and body, and shows us how we can use the Hindu Chakras, Christian Sacraments, and Kabbalah’s Tree of Life to to achieve healing, higher consciousness and spiritual maturity.
The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
The spiritual leader of Tibet has an interesting message for us all in this must-read for spiritual enlightenment. Dalai Lama XIV tells us that the purpose of life is happiness – that we are innately drawn towards the search for happiness. But the greater problem many of us struggle with is finding it. With input from Dr. Cutler, The Art of Happiness shows us how to defeat anger, insecurity, anxiety, and discouragement in the contexts of everyday life. This book will show you how to keep moving through life’s obstacles in the pursuit of inner peace.
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises From The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle has become one of our time’s leading spiritual teachers, and his book shares one of his most powerful personal transformations. Practicing the Power of Now shows us how to escape the traps and tricks of our minds and enter into a state of mindfulness in our everyday life. For those of us who feel enslaved to our negative, anxious, and self-deprecating minds, this book has the power to drastically alter your perspective. Learn how to quiet your mind, see the world in the present moment, and find the path to peace.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In a world full of distractions and a focus on the material things of our society, The Alchemist is a beautiful reminder to explore the meaning of your life and taking time to fulfill your purpose. This book takes the reader through the journey of a young shepherd boy who is searching to find himself and find enlightenment.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz shows us the source of all our self-limiting beliefs that create suffering and anxiety in our lives. The wisdom bestowed in this book is based on the principles of ancient Toltec philosophy, and creates a code of conduct to live by for spiritual peace. The four agreements are to: Be Impeccable with Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best. Dive into this book for a more detailed look at how to apply these principles to your life to reduce needless suffering in your personal and professional lives.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Siddhartha is a classic that has inspired spiritual seekers for years. The book follows the story of a young Indian Brahmin who leaves a life of comfort and privilege in order to seek spiritual enlightenment. The beauty of this book lies in Herman Hesse’s ability to weave together Easter religions, Jungian archetypes, and western individualism to guide us on our search for meaning.