TIPS AND RESOURCES
This page is a permanent work in progress. I will adjust the list below on an ongoing basis.
These resources are meant to be informative, encouraging, and inspirational. While they are mostly secular a few are faith-based. Hopefully some of the resources on this page and the Mindfulness page resonate with you.
I hope that they light a spark in you and support you on your journey.
“Life Is Not An Exact Science. It Is An Art."
- Samuel Butler
The Healing Power of the Breath
Richard P. Brown, MD and Patricia L. Gerberg, MD
Breathe: Simple Breathing Techniques for a Calmer, Happier Life
Conscious Breathing: Breathwork for Health, Stress Release, and Personal Mastery
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.
Science of Breath: A Practical Guide
Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, MD, Alan Hymes, MD
EATING AND NUTRITION
US Department of Agriculture
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Mayo Clinic Ingredient Substitute Guide
JOY AND COMPASSION
A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams
Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life
Henri Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill, and Douglas Morrison
Compassion: Gardens of the Heart
Elizabeth Clare Prophet
LEARNING TO BE ON YOUR OWN SIDE
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell
The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World
Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born To Be
FOCUSING ON SUCCESS
One Word That Will Change Your Life
Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
The Slight Edge
MEANING AND PURPOSE
The Four Purposes of Life: Find Meaning and Direction in a Changing World
Living a Life That Matters: Resolving the Conflict Between Conscience and Success
Harold S. Kushner
The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom
MOVEMENT AND EXERCISE
American Heart Association
SLOWING DOWN AND SIMPLIFYING LIFE
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life
Tips for Better Sleep
Centers for Disease Control
National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Your Guide to Healthy Sleep
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
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