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The beginning of a new year is a time when we all think about ways to improve our life—a new movement regimen, a healthier kitchen cupboard, a new hobby.

But what about improving your mind?

Have you considered that the thoughts you consume and generate can lead to just as many positive changes as all of the “planning” in the world?

Today we’re going to share some books that are incredible kick-starters for better wellness and balanced health.

Here are some of the must-read wellness titles of late 2017 and early 2018.

 

1 | Silence: In the Age of Noise

How can spending time alone, in utter silence, help you find your deepest truths?

In 1993, explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking across Antarctica completely alone.

In one of the world’s harshest climates, Kagge meditates on the silence around us, inside us, and between us, and shows how silence just might be the missing link to your healthiest self.

 

 

2 | Judgment Detox

You might be sick of hearing about “juice cleanses” and “carb detoxes,” but how about a detox from judgment?

Now that’s something we can all get on board with! From New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein comes a new method for releasing your limiting beliefs and stepping into your fullest life. She offers up a simple, six-step practice to shed your trivial resentments and grow in your consciousness of yourself and the world around you.

If judgment is holding you back from what you need to open up to, this “detox” might be just what you need to finally transform your outlook in 2018.

 


3 | The Case Against Sugar

Alright, you caught us. You knew we had to include at least one title to improve your nutrition in the list, didn’t you?

You’ve heard the statistics just like the rest of us; the average American is more unhealthy than ever, with levels of preventable conditions like diabetes and obesity reaching epidemic proportions. In the hard-hitting follow up to his book Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes dives deep into America’s history with sugar consumption, covering everything from the rampant use of modified sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup to the way our grocery stores place as many sweetened products in front of us as possible.

You just might learn something in this book that helps you better understand, and improve, your own relationship with the sweet stuff.

 

4 | The Healing Self

Sometimes, when we seek wisdom for modern ailments, the modern masters are the best people to turn to for age-old wisdom in a context we relate to.

Deepak Chopra, M.D. blesses the world again with his co-author Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, in this polemic on the integral importance of our immune system to our lifelong wellness. Tanzi is a pioneering researcher in neuroscience, being famous for discovering the genes that cause Alzheimer’s. The duo makes the strong case in the book that you—not your doctor, therapist or or health care provider—are ultimately responsible for the health and long life you wish for your body. By what you put into it, how you nurture and move it, and the way you challenge it, Chopra and Tanzi encourage you that making the best decisions you can for your body will have life-long positive effects.

 

 

 

5 | Do/Breathe/ Calm your mind. Find focus. Get stuff done.

What can be learned from a top-rate marketing executive turned yoga teacher and mindfulness coach? As it turns out, quite a lot.

Michael Townsend Williams open our minds in this book, reminding us that the key to unlock a life of productivity and healthfulness is as close to us as the very air we breath.

While so many people today are rushing around with minds that are functioning separately from their bodies in a state of constant disconnect, Townsend Williams suggests that something so simple—the breath—is the clearest path to reconnecting our body with our mind so the two can work in perfect harmony.

 

6 | The Year of Less

In her very first book, Cait Flanders shares how in the year that she stopped shopping and gave away her belongings, she totally transformed her life.

Reminding us that “Life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store,” Flanders spins new words and stories around ancient truths that will leave you laughing and crying in empathy.

The lessons she discovered in a simpler life are ones that can uplift and inspire us all towards more simplicity and connection with self and others.

 


7 | The Healthy Brain

If you knew that you were starving your own brain of the nutrients it needs in order to thrive, would you change your nutrition habits today?

In this dietary eye-opener, Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason breaks down complex chemistry concepts to teach us how to nourish our brains properly, while alerting us to the fact that most of us are starving our most vital organ of the very nutrients it needs most.

She carefully lays out the recipe for a diet that improves brain function at any age.

 

8 | Becoming Supernatural

A book about how common people are doing uncommon things, from New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joe Dispensa.

Based on research conducted since 2012 on people with “incredible” abilities to transform their own reality, Dispensa reveals the methods that any of us can tap into at any moment to create giant shifts in our lives.

This book is unique in avoiding a singular focus on either the “scientific” or the “mystical” perspective of human transformation, instead allowing space for the similarities between the two to educate us on what our bodies have intuitively known all along.

 


Closing Thoughts: Taking The Transformation Deeper Than Just a Book

We want you to take this deeper than just picking up one of these self-improvement books and keeping the knowledge to yourself. How can you incorporate more movement and community into the often solitary and sedentary act of reading?

As you might have guessed, we’ve got a few ideas.

  • Instead of just reading the book sitting down, try downloading the Audible audio version of the book, plugging in your headphones, and listening while you go for a refreshing walk outdoors?
  • And if you’re craving more community in your life, consider finding a friend or two that will read the book along with you and meet up for discussion and dialogue.
  • Better still, combine the two methods and you’ve got yourself a walking book club! You’ll be getting your self-improvement, community, nature, and movement all at the same time. Now that’s what we call conscious multi-tasking!

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