Well, I hope you are having a wonderful new year! I've been painting, playing piano, spending time at the beach, and having a marvelous time with family. Oh, and eating lots of delicious food.
I've also been reading this dangerous book:
Let me warn you: Don't read this book if you don't want to rip apart half your house and donate 3/4 of your possessions. My husband and I have been donating SO MUCH STUFF, throwing away bags of trash, and creating space in our home for only the things that give us joy.
It is life-changing in the most beautiful way, because I'm starting to look around and only see things that delight me.
Can you imagine?
A world where you look around, and every object around you brings you joy?
That is serious energy alchemy.
It always surprises me how stuff carries energy. For example, I had a heap of yoga books from a yoga teacher training program I abandoned. I always thought to myself, "Oh, I'll read those books eventually." Not realizing that literally every night I looked at those books in our family room and thought, "Oh, I should read those books from that program I quit. I shouldn't have quit that program," and felt those nasty knives of guilt in my belly once more.
Those books are gone, and will hopefully give somebody much joy.
Which leads me to my next point.
I have an insane amount of books I've never read, and probably should read. Great books I've started, and not finished. Now, the author of my tidying book basically says you have to get rid of all the books you haven't read, because the likelihood of you actually reading them is slim to none.
Going through my bookshelf, there's simply a ton of books that I really do want to read.
Looking at them does give me joy.
I counted them, and there are precisely 52 books.
Conveniently, there are 52 weeks in the year.
I'm planning on reading one of these books each week, and writing about them so you know whether or not they are worth reading. At the beginning of the month, I'll let you know what books I'm going to be reading so you can get your hands on one or a few of them and read along with the club.
Most of them are metaphysical/spiritual/self-help books, but there are some encyclopedias and reference books (Like Love is in the Earth by Melody, or The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Worwood). There are some classics, like Autobiography of a Yogi. There are some random out-of-print books you won't be able to find, like Tree Medicine, Tree Magic. There are some books on acupuncture, some books on popular neuroscience, some books on creativity, and some books on herbs. There are some channeled material, a guide on negotiation, a history of Cleopatra, and a memoir by Carole King.
It is a random list, and you are going to love it.
Also, I've organized my bookshelf by color, and I'm starting with the red books first.
Hey, I told you it was random.
On deck for this month?
I hope you'll join me!!