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

Why You Should Give Yourself the Best You Deserve

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For those of you who read my newsletter, I promised that I’d write a blog post about Deepak Chopra’s Creating Affluence. And if you’re not signed up for the newsletter, sign up HERE! I write about things there that I only share on my newsletters!

You can read the first part of what I wrote on knowledge and prosperity by looking at the newsletter archive HERE. The second part that I wanted to share is the idea that we always deserve the “better and best." Deepak writes: “People with wealth consciousness settle only for the best. This is also called the principle of highest first. Go first class all the way and the universe will respond by giving you the best.”

I sometimes forget that I deserve the best. The best doesn’t necessarily mean the most expensive, but I see it as meaning the best that you need at that time. What it doesn’t mean is settling for something that’s mediocre. I see how I used to do this with clothing, for example. I would fill my closet with many inexpensive items that weren’t the best. The quality and styles were not ideal, and it showed! The items would either never get worn, or not complement my look. Now I try to buy one thing that I love, rather than a handful of pieces that are mediocre. We can apply this to food, too! Perhaps eating a modest amount of something delicious is preferred to eating a lot of something that’s average. With books, even though I want to get everything, I’m trying to be patient and first finish the book I’m reading before I purchase another :)

If we translate this into our homes, we are able to create more SPACE! We have less clutter and, as Deepak says, the universe will respond by giving us the best. It’s true! If you make some space in your life (and your home!) you will attract even more of the best. And we all deserve the best. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that. We deserve the best within our means. More isn’t always better!

Is there something you can let go of to create some space in you home? Can you remember to settle for only the best?

by Anjie Cho