My Top 9 Inspirational Books (For Mind, Finances, and Body) + My Winter Favorites

Grow As Big As A Giant With These 9 Inspirational Books For Mind Body, and Finances

I believe that nothing in life stands still for a long time. It either grows or shrinks. Improves or deteriorates. Water spoils when it’s standing still, but will stay fresh if it’s constantly moving. Businesses achieve great success, but start failing as soon as they fall asleep on the laurels and stop innovating. Our mind blocks up as soon as we stop feeding it new information and new mental challenges on a regular basis.

I choose to grow. How about you?

One of my favourite ways to do it is by spending time with inspirational people and reading books. I’ve promised myself to read something inspiring for at least 30 minutes a day, and it’s been one of the best decisions ever. I like books that make me think.

Books that teach me something.

Books that allow me to look deep inside myself and weed the beautiful garden inside me.

Books that make me better at dealing with my finances and help me attract more wealth and freedom that comes with it.

Books that teach me how I can love my body better.

In short, if you’re looking for ways to improve your mind (or spirit), body or finances, you’ll probably find my list interesting. Here it comes!

Books That Will Improve Your Mind And Will Take Your Life (And Happiness) To A Totally Different Level

 

“Unlimited Power” and “Awaken The Giant Within Yourself” by Tony Robbins

I read both of these books a couple of months ago when we were just learning how to deal with the absence of electricity. I don’t think we would have coped so well if I hadn’t read these books. Tony is one of the most inspiring speakers and writers I’ve ever come across and I love his message.

Both books teach you how to take control of your life and build the future you want. No matter how bad your past was, no matter how much pain or self-doubt is lodged within you, you can change it and build the life of your dreams. Tony himself was poor and miserable, but he managed to change it. By doing that, he’s also helping millions of people around the world. I respect him highly for that.

I wrote more about “Awaken The Giant Within Yourself” in this blogpost. It was definitely a life changing experience and helped unblock and eradicate some of the fears in my mind. I don’t know if you would have noticed, but I’ve been much more myself in front of the camera lately, and it’s solely thanks to Tony’s books. He gave me the tools to overcome my fear of failure and find the courage to simply be myself. I love it!

“Unlimited Power” is slightly more technical (at least at the beginning), but is such a valuable tool, too. I loved completing all of the exercises as I went along and it definitely helped me get a clearer idea of what I want my life to look like and what I need to change in my thought patterns in order to get it.

Both of these books are a must read and I’ll surely go back to them again, again, and again throughout my journey. Simply brilliant!

“Doce Pasos Hacia La Felicidad” by Carmela Paris

This book is only available in Spanish, but if you read Spanish, look it up. I found it highly relatable and very action-oriented. Each chapter has exercises and steps to complete, and each of them brought me more peace and happiness. I love how it touches on every subject related to happiness. It’s not just your mind, it’s also very much about your health, the kind of food you eat, what kind of job you have, etc.

Are you familiar with the feeling when you really want something and then you get it, but you feel total emptiness inside? I’ve been there so many times. It’s probably just because it wasn’t something I really wanted. Perhaps just influence of the society, parents, friends etc. “Doce Pasos Hacia La Felicidad” helps you work out what it is that you really want, how to get it, and how to enjoy it.

“Cartas Para Claudia” by Jorge Bucay

I love, love, love this book. Unfortunately, it’s also available only in Spanish, but if you speak Spanish, get it! The book consists of Jorge’s letter to a young girl. He is a psychiatrist and the girl is his ex-patient. He shares his learnings, his ideas, and thoughts. It’s really interesting to see how his ideas about therapy and the inner workings of the mind change as his career progresses. He’s surely someone who doesn’t stay still: he grows.

One thing that stood out the most was his thoughts about love. The difference between passion and truly loving somebody is that when you’re passionate about someone (or let’s say you’re in love with somebody), you’ll try to cut their wings, so they won’t be able to fly alone without you. Often, you won’t even notice that you’re doing it. Falling in love and possessiveness or selfishness naturally go together. However, if it’s real love, you’ll want to help them grow wings, so that they can fly with or without you. When you truly love somebody, you just want them to be happy, selflessly.

This reminds me a lot of the beginning of my relationship with Luca. I was a very undecided young girl and I couldn’t decide if I liked him or another guy better (at that point of my maturity, I didn’t know what real love meant). I suddenly decided that everything between us was a mistake and I broke it off. Just before I was supposed to fly to Italy and spend Christmas with him. I only managed to last 24 hours because I realized how every 30 minutes I wanted to share something with him. I’d got so used to sharing my life with him and having him as my best friend. I wrote him telling him that I changed my mind and asked if I could still come. His answer was, “Yes, of course, because I love you!”. He never asked why. Never brought that subject up again. He simply offered me his love.

That for me was the greatest lesson of love. No power games, no pretending, just being there for the other person no matter what.

By the way, that trip was the final push for me and I fell madly in love with my future husband. If he had been a regular guy with selfish arrogance, we would have never been together.

Getting back to the book, it’s beautiful. Very philosophical and deep.

“Games People Play” by Eric Bearne and “I’m OK, You’re OK” by Thomas A. Harris

I read both of these books a few years ago when I was going through a Management Programme in London. They were on the reading list and I was very interested in leading my team better, so I read them. I’m so glad I did because they improved my life way beyond work.

Both of these books will help you become a better communicator. You’ll find yourself much calmer when dealing with angry people. You won’t get annoyed as much. You’ll learn how to convince people to do things that you want them to do. You’ll understand yourself and your own behaviour better. You’ll understand how some of your actions or reactions are driven by a little scared child inside you and how some are a direct influence of your parents.

You know that little nagging voice inside your head that always criticises you? That’s your parents. 🙂 Learning how to manage it is critical.

These books are true classics and I couldn’t recommend them enough. They should be a staple on anybody’s shelf.

Two Books That Will Change The Way You Look At Money

 

“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

I read this book when I was still at school and it’s still one of my favourite books ever. It challenged everything I knew and shaped my view of money for ever. The author argues that money isn’t a scarce resource. It’s abundant. If we look at it like that, we’ll start seeing endless opportunities to attract wealth.

I’ve read this book a hundred times and every time I read it, I learn something new. It leaves me feeling powerful and strong. It makes me feel like I’m in control and everything is possible.

I think this book should be in every highschool’s curriculum. Kids should be taught these things. The world would be a much more peaceful place.

“Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.

This book challenged everything I thought I knew of wealthy people and their lives. If you think they drive expensive cars, wear designer clothes, and live in super expensive houses in super prestigious neighbourhoods, think again!

The author of the book did statistical studies of millionaires in America and realized that the reality couldn’t be further from that image.

The average American millionaire drives a seven-year-old car, lives in a comfortable, but simple home in an average neighbourhood and certainly doesn’t look like a millionaire.

I saw it with my own eyes when I was working at Harrods. They say it’s the most luxurious department store in the world, so I saw my fair share of millionaires. High earners (but with low wealth) were coming in wearing super expensive clothes and with all of their behaviour screaming “Look at me, I’m rich”. But they weren’t actually wealthy.

The really wealthy people were coming in with super simple clothes, not attracting attention at all, and they were also some of the most polite people in the world. They really respected the work of everybody serving them, and that’s probably the reason why they achieved so much in their life.

Being humble and kind brings you far long-term. Being mean and greedy will probably bring you far short-term, but the bubble will burst sooner or later.

Well, these are the thoughts that the book inspired in my head and I definitely think it’s a great read for anyone willing to model wealthy people successfully. I don’t think that money is the most important thing in the world, but it is important and it does bring freedom. Let’s just not forget who we are while we are chasing it.

One Book That Will Teach You How To Look After Your Body Better

“Anticancer: A New Way Of Life” by David Servan-Schreiber

This book is a must for every health-conscious individual. It’s a perfect gift for somebody battling with cancer, and it’s even more of a perfect gift for yourself. A gift of a healthy and long life.

All of my life I’ve been surrounded by cancer: in my close family and friends. When I was growing up, I didn’t even think I would reach the age of 30. I can’t even explain why I felt like that, but it was probably inspired by all of the diagnoses around me and possibly because I knew that something was very wrong in my own body.

I swore to myself to fix it and that’s how my health journey began. This book is a great tool for anyone on the same journey or even better for someone who is about to embark on the journey and is looking for some guidelines. I love how scientific it is. I love all the case studies. I love the author’s personal life story. I love the part about psychologically and how it can influence our health (the author is a psychiatrist himself, so he has a lot to say on that topic).

It’s simply an awesome resource for anyone with a chronic illness – whether it’s cancer, acne, arthritis, cardiovascular disease or anything else. The path to healing is so similar for all of them and this book is great at pointing you to the right direction.

So these were my book recommendations. Phew… that was a long typing session, but I’m incredibly glad to share these books with you. They all hold such a special place in my heart.

Would you like to see my movie recommendations as well? I like deep, complicated, and sometimes dark movies. I also like comedies and love stories occasionally. But just like with books, I like movies that move me and make me think for days. So let me know if you’d be interested in that.

By the way, I didn’t have a chance to tell you here on the blog earlier on (still without eletricity), but I also posted a new video a few days ago where I shared with you all of my winter favourites: all of the things that have been keeping me warm, balanced, and cozy during this bizarre and freezing winter. So here it is if you’d like to watch it:

I’ll talk to you soon, and have a great week!

Lots of love,

Vita xx

Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. I only recommend things that I absolutely love myself, and they’ve all been bought with my hard-earned cash.

 

Comments

  1. Great job, Vita. Thank You.

  2. Loved everything!! I’m a sucker for gomasio, I eat it with every meal. Plus, it’s really good for vata dosha 🙂 My favorite tea from Yogitea is the Rooibos one, sweet (not super sweet) and warming… have you tried it? And yes, the message is always “personalized”!! It always tells you what you need to hear. Seriously. Thank you, Mr. Yogitea! + The jojoba oil is what I use as face moisture now and also use it in the OCM. Best.0il.ever.

    Have you read “You can heal your life” by Louise Hay? This, along with “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne are my life books. I’m taking note of the books you recommend, as I only have read “Rich dad, poor dad” and “Cartas para Claudia”, both a long time ago. Thanks for this super post! xx

    • Hi Gina! No, I haven’t tried the Rooibos one yet. The Detox one is the only one they have in my local health shop. But I’ve always loved Rooibos as my body doesn’t take caffeine well. Jojoba is a holy grail for so many people. Never worked well for me, but it works well for my nails. 🙂 I’ve actually just finished reading “You Can Heal Your Life” and it’s definitely going to my favourites list. It hit me so hard. In a good way. 🙂 Glad you liked my post! xx

  3. You MUST read Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton!!! It’s a lesson on evolution, but more collective survival rather than survival of the fittest – kind. It’s not very scientific and has applications to life and happiness and success.
    I really love your blog btw!

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