#BookReview 10-Minute Crystal Healing by Ann Crane

ABOUT THE BOOK

10-Minute Crystal Healing highlights quick, easy, practical ways to incorporate natural, empowering crystals into your life to promote spiritual balance and protect from physical and psychic negativity.


In this portable guide, you’ll find profiles of each crystal’s natural attributes, legendary power, and holistic benefits as well as its specific energy so it may enhance, heal, or protect you. You’ll learn:

What crystals are, from both a scientific and magical perspectiveHow to choose and care for your crystalsThe importance of chakras and color in spiritual healingHow to work with stones for protection and spiritual healingThe alphabetical sourcebook section with information about the uses and benefits of each crystal listed makes it easy to find the exact crystal you need.


Quickly incorporate natural crystal healing and empowerment into your life with this accessible guide. 


PUBLISHED BY FAIR WINDS PRESS

PUBLICATION DATE – SEPTEMBER 2020

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon

Blackwell’s

Hive.co.uk


MY REVIEW

I have only recently started to learn about crystals and I found this book to be an invaluable treasure trove of information and help as I start my crystal journey!
It’s perfectly laid out taking you through various stages of learning about crystals, their uses, how to clean them etc, and also has practical messages of little things you can do to help yourself with various crystals.

I found the history of crystal healing to be so enlightening, along with learning about the chakras and the advice to use a journal to see how you react with different crystals was something I’d not thought about but will be using!

Towards the back of the book there are some really excellent chapters of which crystal to use for various situations you may find yourself in – emotional healing, help making decisions, help with anxiety, dealing with negativity, protecting yourself – and I think this is a book that I will keep referring back to when needed to find the perfect crystal to help me along the way.

Brilliant for newbies to crystals like me and also full of information that delve a little deeper into the whole healing world of crystals. Highly recommended! I’m off to buy more crystals!!


★★★★★

My thanks to Fair Winds Press and Netgalley for the advanced copy of the e-book in return for a fair and honest review.

#BlogTour If Trees Could Talk by Holly Worton @Bookollective #BookReview

Delighted to be  part of this wonderful Blog Tour – my thanks to the author and Bookollective for letting me be part of it all  and sharing my thoughts!

ABOUT THE BOOK

All trees have a story.

Holly Worton has spent the last few years talking to trees – the birches, the oaks, the beeches and the sycamores.

You’re probably wondering:  How is it that trees can talk?  Is this for real?

Trees are living, breathing organisms which humans are able to connect and talk to on a deeper level through silent, telepathic communication.

Trees have a much broader perspective on life compared to humans.  Trees can live hundreds and even thousands of years.

This means Trees have thousands of years of wisdom that we’re able to tap into.  Talking to the trees can bring us back to our true selves and can reflect back to us the things we need to see in ourselves.  It can also be a space for deep healing.

Living in the technology age, however, we spend our lives connected to computers, mobile phones, and video games. Consequently, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from ourselves and from Nature.

This book is meant to gently encourage you to get back to Nature and turn to the magic and the wisdom of the trees. By reconnecting to Nature, you can improve your relationship with yourself, which will help you make better, more aligned choices in your life.

This book is for you if:

You love Nature and the outdoors. You feel like there’s something more to life, but you don’t know what that is. You’re feeling disconnected from yourself, like your life has somehow gotten off track. You feel like you don’t really know who you are anymore… or maybe you’ve never truly known yourself at all. Life is going just fine, but you have the notion things could be much better.

Throughout this book, you’ll follow the author, Holly Worton on a journey of connecting on a deeper level with the wisdom of the trees. You’ll hear their stories, and you’ll be given a series of experiments to carry out, should you choose to do so. These will help you to connect with yourself through connecting with Nature, and they’ll open you up to the deep wisdom and healing that the trees can offer.

The trees will help you to get out of your head and into your body, so you can feel more deeply and truly experience all the JOY that life has to offer. They’ll add a new level of richness to your life that you have never thought possible.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

GoodReads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly Worton is a podcaster and author of nine books who helps people get to know themselves better through connecting with Nature, so they can feel happier and more fulfilled. Holly enjoys spending time outdoors, walking long-distance trails and exploring Britain’s sacred sites. She’s originally from California and now lives in the Surrey Hills, but has also lived in Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Holly is a member of the Druid order OBOD.

Holly ran her first business for ten years, building it up to become a multi-million-dollar enterprise. When she went into the coaching world she was confident that she had the business and marketing skills she needed to set up a new company. And she did – but she struggled to grow her new venture quickly because she encountered fears, blocks, and limiting beliefs that she didn’t even know she had. 

She discovered that pushing forward and taking action just wasn’t enough. She needed to transform her mindset and release her blocks, as this was the only way to take the right actions to move her new business forward. Thus began her journey of intense personal development through deep mindset work, which transformed her existing coaching business into a focus on helping people with their business mindset. 

Eventually, she realized that she wanted to devote her time to helping people through her writing, and she let go of her mindset business to focus on her books. Now, Holly continues to write about mindset, long-distance walking, and connecting to Nature. 

AUTHOR WEBSITE

MY REVIEW

We are supposed to talk to plants to help make them grow better, but what if the plants could talk back and tell us things?! Well, that’s the message behind this book as the author has a special gift that means that she can  hear the stories that trees are trying to share with us, and I found this to be such a fascinating and illuminating book that really makes you take time to think about yourself and the world we live in, especially relevant in these times when many parts of the world seem set on destroying as much of the natural landscape as possible.  The trees have been around for a lot longer than us!! They notice things!

I’ve always loved trees and have driven my family mad with my ‘hippy’ outlook and feeling so sad whenever I hear or see a chainsaw destroying a magnificent old tree.  In this book, Holly shares the time that she spends out walking and the fact that certain trees stand out to you – I’ve noticed this too when I’m out and about that you often feel drawn to a certain tree – and Holly has similar feelings wherever she is out exploring and the more time she spends outdoors, the more she hears.

This book is split into  3 parts and is set out in a way that you can dip in and out of it, as and when you need to! It’s such a peaceful, calming book that I think it’s one of those that is a pleasure to escape into.  It gives you prompts of how you can use the information she shares which is a great way of interacting with the book and ideas that it throws up.

There are 28 trees and their stories featured and it’s a wealth of information about the tree, the area they are in and folklore surrounding them and I found some of the stories that the trees shared with her to be very poignant and telling.  Many of their messages to humans are similar and it’s very wise advice in a world where we’re rushing around and not noticing the little things that can bring such joy on a daily basis.

It is such a fascinating subject and I found it brilliantly told and explained and it’s made me quite eager to spend more time amongst trees and also found the questions that Holly poses at the end of each story to be extremely helpful and thought provoking that it really struck a chord with me and I’ll definitely be out hugging more trees in future!

★★★★★

#BookReview Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton #nonfiction #wabisabi

ABOUT THE BOOK

A whole new way of looking at the world – and your life – inspired by centuries-old Japanese wisdom.

Wabi sabi (“wah-bi sah-bi”) is a captivating concept from Japanese aesthetics, which helps us to see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity and accept the transient nature of all things. With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life’s challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.

Wabi sabi is a refreshing antidote to our fast-paced, consumption-driven world, which will encourage you to slow down, reconnect with nature, and be gentler on yourself. It will help you simplify everything, and concentrate on what really matters.

From honouring the rhythm of the seasons to creating a welcoming home, from reframing failure to ageing with grace, wabi sabi will teach you find more joy and inspiration throughout your perfectly imperfect life.

This book is the definitive guide to applying the principles of wabi sabi to transform every area of your life, and finding happiness right where you are.

Published by Piatkus

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

waterstones

MY REVIEW

This is a book that seduced me with the cover and has inspired me with the contents!!


I found this to be a little gem of a book full of wonderful little anecdotes and genuinely useful hints and advice on how to achieve your own little piece of ‘wabi sabi’ in your day to day life – even the smallest of chores can bring joy if you look at them differently and that is a big theme running throughout this little book – it seems to be about how you look at a situation and how then to deal with it. Life isn’t going to be perfect all the time, and I think a lot of self help books talk down to the reader by getting them to try and achieve this fantasy lifestyle. But that wasn’t the message I gleamed from this book – it looks in to the Japanese way of life and the people, their affinity with nature and the slower pace of life that seems to bring happiness to their lives through the smallest things that many of us take for granted, or even miss noticing altogether.


There are personal stories from the author about their time in Japan which gives a good insight into living there day to day, alongside helpful hints on making your life work a little better for you by slowing down and to stop trying to live the perfect ‘unreal life’ – humans get pleasure from many different things so find what makes you happy and do more of that!


There are also tips on how to declutter – much needed for me and hopefully will help me learn to let go of things more easily – as well as looking at the subjects of finance, work, relationships and home and applying ‘wabi sabi’ to those elements of your life.


A wonderful little book!

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#BookReview The Little Book of Sloth Philosopy by Jennifer McCartney

About the book

Relax, unwind and soak up the wisdom of the sloth with the slowest page turner you’ll ever read.


From tidying and Hygge, to living Lagom, the endless pressure to be happier, live better, sleep soundly, and eat mindfully can be exhausting. But this year’s lifestyle trend finally delivers the perfect antidote – welcome to the year of the sloth.


Sloths are mindfulness in action. Contemplative, deliberate, relaxed, and focused. They resist the rat race, the incessant pressures from society to be more productive, and they don’t care how many steps they’ve logged on their fitness tracker. Long-limbed, a little bit shaggy, and a lot wide-eyed, they’re wonderful creatures, not to mention completely adorable.


Here you can enjoy take-it-slow wisdom inspired by sloths; including advice on sleep (more restorative than a 6am run), eating and ‘exercise’ (sloths are the original pioneers of slow food and yoga after all), work (did you know that lazy people have higher IQs?), family life, and love.


Dispelling over-complicated myths about productivity, this brilliant book confirms that it really is OK to be a sloth. 

Published by Harper Collins

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk  £5.89

waterstones  £3.49 in their sale!

MY REVIEW

Such a perfect little book!! I think the whole world needs to embrace the Sloth Philosophy and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon reading this and there’s so much to take away from having a different approach to the frenetic, mad world we live in nowadays.

This book has a fun look at how we can all improve our wellbeing and outlook on life if we just take a few pointers from the Sloths of the world – and it all feels achievable! Just little mind changes and activities we can do that can really help us in not feeling so down on ourselves and situations we may find ourselves in. And especially with the advent of social media where outdoing everyone else seems to be the number priority for some, this book helps you figure out that moving at your own pace and doing things you like and not copying others is what we should all be striving for. 

There are also a number of very cute illustrations throughout which were just perfect and would make for some lovely t-shirts! There’s lists of books to read, songs to listen to, little quizzes to take as well and it was just a wonderful little pick me up read and the perfect gift for people you know who need to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life!