MalS Bookshelf

Here I share with you what is on my bookshelf, and what I am reading x

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The Power Of Now - Eckhart Tolle

A Guide To Spiritual Enlightenment

THIS BOOK WITHOUT A DOUBT CHANGED MY LIFE (MY WORLD). I wholeheartedly believe this book to be worthy of the number one spot here on the ‘What’s on Mal Steven’s Bookshelf’ page (and sometimes I LOVE a book so much, I have multiple copies so I can have a copy with me always no matter where I am x)

I believe books ‘write’ themselves, and I also believe that books come to you when they are meant to, at the ‘right’ time. I can’t exactly say when this book first came into my possession, other than it was ‘there’ when I needed it. It was during one of my ‘dark night of the soul’ moments (and yes, I have had a few), I was feeling particularly low and talking with my eldest daughter, and she informed me that she had just recently been reading this really good book. ‘Mum, you just have to read this book, it will change your life’, she declared. That book - Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’, and apparently, she had found it in amongst my handful of treasured books at home and had taken it with her to read during her time in London.

Reading the book, I found it quite difficult to get through the first half, but I persevered, and then the rest just seemed to flow like a dream, and I realised I was receiving a little gift (nudge) from the Universe. So much so, I had to immediately read it for a second time. For far too long I had been feeling like I didn’t belong anywhere, like I was a failure, never good enough, like there was something wrong with me, flitting between wallowing in the depths of tragedy and sadness from my past, to experiencing high anxiety of what the future might hold for me, while all the time allowing the simplicity and perfection of the present moment to completely pass me by. I just knew that if I could only change the way I was thinking, and fully grasp the meaning of ‘The Power of Now’ as Eckhart Tolle had suggested, my life would be changed forever.

Eckhart's message is simple: living in the moment is the truest, quickest, and simplest path to genuine happiness and enlightenment. This is not an entirely new or revolutionary concept, however his clear communication on the subject, and the way that he has written the book as a series of answers to pertinent questions about the how and the why of living in the present helps open the reader's eyes to a whole new way of living. Complicated concepts are broken down into simple, conversational language, and the pages are bursting with inspirational ideas, and dripping with the kind of knowledge that only a true spiritual master can impart.

"It's one of the best books to come along in years. Every sentence rings with truth and power” - Deepak Chopra

Leave your analytical mind and falsely created sense of self at the door and cosy in with this book, it will help you to become better-connected to the true and authentic essence of your being. This book isn't a quick read, or a light-hearted one, but it has the power to transform your world.

“You mean stop thinking altogether? No, I can’t, except maybe for a moment or two. Then the mind is using you. You are unconsciously identified with it, so you don’t even know that you are its slave. It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself. The beginning of freedom is the realisation that you are not the possessing entity - the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realise that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realise that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.”

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The Daily Stoic -  Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and The Art of Living


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Rather than enter my favourite quote at the bottom of this review, because I don't just have 'one' favourite quote from this book, every page I turn over is another little 'favourite quote' surprise, I am instead just going to enter today's meditation, 1 of 366 favourites...

"July 3rd - Turn Have To Into Get To -

The task of a philosopher: we should bring our will into harmony with whatever happens, so that nothing happens against our will and nothing that we wish for fails to happen - Epictetus, Discourses, 2.14.7.

A long To-Do list seems intimidating and burdensome - all these things we 'have' to do in the course of a day or a week. But a Get To Do list sounds like a privilege - all the things we're excited about the opportunity to experience. This isn't just semantic playing. It is a central facet of the philosopher's worldview.

Today, don't try to impose your will on the world. Instead see yourself as fortunate to receive and respond to the will 'in' the world.

Stuck in traffic? A few wonderful minutes to relax and sit. Your car broke down after idling for so long? Ah, what a nice nudge to take a long walk the rest of the way. A swerving car driven by a distracted, cell-phone-weilding idiot nearly hit you as you were walking and soaked you head to toe with muddy water? What a reminder about how precarious our existence is and how silly it is to get upset about something as trivial as being late or having trouble with your commute!

Kidding aside, it might not seem like it makes a big difference to see life as something you 'have' to do versus 'get' to do, but there is. A huge, magnificent difference."

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The Resilience Project - Hugh Van Cuylenburg

Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness

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Good? Bad? Who Knows? - Ajahn Brahm

Ajahn Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia.


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"11. Good? Bad? Who Knows? - contemplation.

A long time ago a King was out hunting when he cut his finger. He summoned his doctor, who was always with him on the hunt, and the doctor put a bandage over the wound.

"Is it going to be alright?" asked the King.

"Good? Bad? Who knows?" replied the doctor, and they carried on hunting.

By the time they had returned to the palace, the wound had become infected and so the King summoned his doctor again. The doctor cleaned the wound, carefully applied some ointment and then bandaged it.

"Are you sure it's going to be OK?" asked the King, becoming concerned.

"Good? Bad? Who knows?" replied the doctor again. The King became worried.

The King was right, because in a few days the finger was so badly infected that the doctor had to amputate it! The King was so angry with his incompetent doctor that he personally escorted him to the dungeon and threw him in a cell.

"Well, Doctor, how do you like it, being in jail?"

"Being in prison, Sire... Good? Bad? Who knows?" replied the doctor with a shrug of his shoulders.

"You are insane as well as incompetent!" declared the King and departed.

A few weeks later, when the wound had healed, the King was out hunting again. Chasing an animal, he became separated from the others and became lost in the forest. Wandering in the woods, he was captured by the indigenous forest people. It was their holy day and they had found a sacrifice for their jungle god! They tied the King to a large tree and their priest began chanting and dancing as the forest people sharpened the sacrificial knife. The priest took the blade and was about to cut the King's throat when he shouted, "Stop! This man has only got nine fingers. He is not a perfect enough specimen to sacrifice to our god. Set him free.

"In a few days, the King found his way back to his palace and went straight to the dungeon to say thank you to the wise doctor.

"I thought you were stupid saying all this 'Good? Bad? Who knows?' nonsense. Now I know you were right. Losing my finger was good. It saved my life. But it was bad of me to lock you in jail. I'm sorry."

"What do you mean, Sire, that it was bad to put me in jail? It was very good that you put me in jail! Otherwise I would have accompanied you on the hunt. I would have been captured too. And I have all my ten fingers!"

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You Can Heal Your Life - Louise L. Hay

"In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.
I recognise my body as a good friend.
Each cell in my body has Divine Intelligence.
I listen to what it tells me, and I know that its advice is valid.
I am always safe, and Divinely protected and guided.
I choose to be healthy and free.
All is well in my world."


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Another book that undoubtedly changed my life, and my world, and also another that I have multiple copies of so that I can refer to it every, single day no matter where I am x