My Favorite Things: 5 Books to Warm Up With

Welcome to My Favorite Things! Each month, we highlight products to help you create a holistic lifestyle that inspires and nurtures you, so that you can be happier and feel supported.

As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, we find ourselves turning inward, both mentally and physically. Without the bright sun and warm temperatures to accompany us, spending time outdoors becomes less and less likely, and we find ourselves snuggled up in our favorite chairs under plush blankets. Even though we're shutting in, we can still let our minds roam free and plan for the new year, and we can't think of a better way than with our favorite books! 

Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha's Wheel of Life

If you’ve ever wondered about Buddhism or seen the Buddhist painting called the Bhavachakra, or wheel of life, and wanted to know more about it, this book is for you! 

David Nichtern is one of my meditation teachers, and it’s been transformative working with him so closely. He has an easy, yet precise, style of conveying Buddhist theory, especially in this book. In "Awakening from the Daydream," David encourages each of us to...well, awaken from the daydream, with modern images, examples and meditations in his explanation of the Bhavachakra.

Available at: Amazon

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

My friend and health coach, Nancy Guberti, got me on the (mostly) paleo train, and for anyone else aboard, this cookbook is a dream!

The recipes are simple, the ingredients easy to find, and I even cooked some dishes for my “normal eating” family over the holidays with rave reviews. My favorite recipe is the banana bread. I’ve made it several times, and it's become one of my go-to's for breakfast, snack or dessert. 

Available at: Amazon

108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing and Organic Homes

As a feng shui practitioner, I know how life-changing this philosophy can be, but it's not always easy to understand. That's why I wrote this!

Of course, I always encourage seeking out a certified feng shui practitioner for in-depth questions and a more personal touch, but I've pulled together 108 tips for getting a pretty great start with using feng shui to enhance your life! 

Available at: Amazon and Holistic Spaces

Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers

If you love flowers, this book provides unique and inspiring insights on how to use them to transform ourselves and the world we live in. 

This book, as well as the LotusWei products, have been deeply life-changing for me. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet Katie Hess, and she truly embodies all of her knowledge and teachings. Through her thoughtful and carefully chosen words, Katie encourages us to "Start a Flowerevolution!" because “we are vastly more powerful than we think we are."

Available at: Amazon

Zen in the Art of Flower Arrangement: The Classic Account of the Meaning and Symbolism of the Japanese Art of Ikebana

Ikebana, the Asian art of flower arranging, is a spiritual path in my life. First published in 1958, this book beautifully and elegantly shares with us the contemplative aspects of the art of flowers.

One of my favorite chapters illustrates “the ten virtues” of the flower path. #3: “Quiet, clear feeling. You can reach solutions without thinking.” Ms. Herrigel truly describes the magic and ceremony that flowers and ikebana embody. It’s not just about making a pretty flower arrangement.

Available at: Amazon