Things I Like That You Might Like Too
The following is an assortment of learning resources, tools and books that I have loved, still use and found useful in my journey. Because I have found so much value with what they offer, if it was possible I chose to become an affiliate for them. This means that if you click on something and then decide to make a purchase, I may receive an affiliate commission.
Danielle Laporte & The Desire Map
I read The Desire Map at the same time that I was studying to become a meditation teacher. The book resonated with me so much that I immediately became a Licensed Desire Map Facilitator. Danielle teaches a lot about acknowledging our feelings and living in such a way that you are true to your self and how you want to feel every day. I use her Truthbomb deck regularly at our Desire Map retreats and in some of my classes. This link will take you to her store with everything she has to offer.
Learn Qigong - A Moving Meditation
I was always interested in tai chi and knew very little about qigong until I met my teacher Anthony Korahais. The way he teaches, it is a moving meditation and I love it. So if you can't sit still to meditate - this might be for you. And the best part is that he teaches on-line! He taught for many years in his bricks and mortar studio but wanted to reach more people. He now teaches through his website Flowing Zen and has lots of information available there through his blog. He has a few courses (free & paid) that you can take now, or you can sign up to be notified when registration starts again for his Qigong 101 course. The photo is of me at his retreat in Costa Rica in July 2016.
Meditation Timer Apps
If you want or need to use a timer when meditating, both of these free options work very well. You can set various lengths of time, create intervals, and choose a sound that you like. You can find both of these in the App Store.
Meditation Timer - Simple Insights is a basic timer that works very well and the one I go to if I just need a timer.
InsightTimer - This app also offers a large variety of guided meditations to explore and discussion groups that you can join.
Hay House Radio
This 24-hour free service can be a super resource for learning from a variety of teachers, speakers and authors on a wide variety of topics. If there is something that you have been curious about, chances are there may be a resource for it here. Just click on the photo to check it out.
There is so much great information out there and if you are anything like me, you want to keep some of it for future reference. I found Evernote a few years ago and have been happily using it ever since. You can organize everything into separate 'notebooks' and it just makes life so much easier! You can bookmark things, save articles, save e-mails or create your own notes. And its free!
If you need to save receipts, business cards or any other type of paperwork, there Scannable app works very well too!
Last But Not Least - Books!
When I embarked on my teacher training with davidji, a whole new world of teachers, authors and viewpoints was opened up for me. Lots of good food for thought in this list. Clicking on the book photo will take you directly to its Amazon page.
Secrets of Meditation by davidji The first book I read when I wanted to learn more about meditation - still a favourite.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown How being vulnerable and 'daring greatly' can impact everything we do.
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. Heart advice for difficult times.
The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie Simply a lovely entertaining tale with a side of Buddhist philosophy.
Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith. My favourite Chakra book.
Destressifying by davidji A very readable book with lots of tips to help deal with the stress in your life.
Rising Strong by Brene Brown An excellent follow-up to Daring Greatly. How do you rise again after the fall?
Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass. My first Ram Dass book and my favourite in my teacher training.
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran Since this is referenced in the above title - this was a favourite in my training too.
Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie. An inspiring read from the man who started Toms Shoes.
Soul Shifts by Dr. Barbara De Anglelis Helping us make the 'soul shifts' to look at things from different perspectives.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I honestly use the teachings from this book every day in my life.
Polishing the Mirror by Ram Dass Who we are and how we can reflect the light of our true nature.
Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne Dyer. This is a good readable version of the ancient Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.