Hi, my name is Sabine and I am a self-help junkie.
Maybe I am in the denial phase, but I can recommend everyone to become a self-help junkie. I used to joke (sort of…) that xtc should be made legal and free and the world would be much better and more peaceful place (especially when you replace alcohol with it…). I now however feel that self-help books, articles and seminars would be even more effective.
The term ‘self-help’, most often in conjunction with the word books, seem to have a bit of a sticky, muffy image but I don’t know why. Reading philosophies on life and (self)love is a wonderful thing and one of my favorite pastimes. It really is self-help, though it’s really no different from philosophy, personal development, spiritual growth and life lessons through someone else’s eyes.
Of course there are some great masters in this field (what up Lao Tzu, Confucius & Tolle?) but instead I’d like to introduce you to some young, hip, fresh, sexy up & comers that will enable you to live your life to your fullest potential and deal with stressors with more grace and ease.
Sexy Self-Help Guru’s
The fact that she is a dear friend of mine doesn’t have anything to do with this chick being the bomb when it comes to self-help and a side of tough-love. From Dutch grounds and with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, she writes about general self-love, the laws of attraction (in a non-douchy way), yoga and food.
“You might have noticed this before, but turns out that a morning of abs exercises doesn’t give you a six pack. And one day of healthy eating does not make you drop ten pounds, get perfect skin. And one kind word to a friend in need does not win you the Super Awesome Friend Award.
Give it time. Don’t be discouraged if things don’t happen overnight. Except for pimples (what is up with that anyway), things don’t happen over night. You can’t run a solid 10K from scratch. You don’t get a good grade from doing your homework one time. You don’t get a great job performance just because you did great work one week. You don’t lose weight from one day of no cupcakes.”
Need I say more?
I have a total nerd-crush on this dude. Meaning, not for his looks, but for his words. Instead of the newspaper, I read The Daily Love every morning when I wake up (and no I am not being sarcastic). Mastin really speaks from a place of all-encompassing love which is extra beautiful coming from a guy. His words have really opened my eyes to a lot of things and make my every day start on a loving and inspiring note. My outlook on and attitude towards live have changed significantly the last 6 months and although there were many contributing factors, persons and experiences, The Daily Love deserves a big chunk of credit here.
“Instead of looking for what I could get, I started to look for what I could give. Instead of looking for how other people weren’t helping me, I just decided to help other people. And when it came to my clients, I focused on the outcome I wanted, instead of how tired I was, or what I needed. I became much less selfless in all aspects of my life. And when this happened, it was like the Uni-verse finally could celebrate the gift that it gave me to give, and all kinds of abundance started to show up.”
This L.A. dude vibrates with great energy and possesses a set of eyes that pierce straight through your soul (maybe unrelated but I think it’s worth mentioning ). Brian is hungry for wisdom and knowledge (hey, my kinda people), which makes him a true philosopher. He has read tons (and I mean tons…) of self-development books (ranging from Tao Te Ching to Thrive Diet, two of my favs!) and has condensed all this wisdom into different ‘programs’. Philosopher’s notes is 100 books by spiritual masters and self-help guru’s condensed into PDF and MP3 formats. With each book, Brian has captured the main essence and translates this to you. There is two volumes, so that means 200 books! His program ‘Optimal Living 101′ is all of his knowledge and experience offered as seminars/classes. He’s very big on mind-mapping, which I love. Optimal Living 101 is all about creating a higher quality of life for yourself from every possible angle. Seriously good stuff folks! Excerpt from Optimal Living 101 – Purpose:
“Purpose. All the great teachers talk about it. Confucius tells us that an army can lose its commanding officer but even an average person is in trouble without a purpose while the Bible, the Gita, the Stoics and everyone else echoes the sentiment. We’ll explore Maslow’s need to self-actualize and his directive that “What one can be, one must be!” along with Deepak’s 7th Spiritual Law of Success—the Law of Dharma—as we have fun discovering our Highest Goal, holding the Dynamic Tension between our ideals and our current reality and celebrating both our Being and our Becoming.”
Bonus points for Brian being a recent raw food convert. He and his wife went to the Hippocrates Institute for their honeymoon <3
Gabrielle Bernstein is being touted as the spirit junkie: author, motivational speaker and spiritual guru. I don’t know about the guru part but she is definitely a fresh and inspirational role-model for young (female) adults. Coming from a world of addiction and corporate business in New York, Gabrielle is now determined to help young women find their true blessing and self in this life. She wrote a book, ‘Add More -Ing To Your Life : A Hip Guide To Happiness”. The book includes step by step action plans and meditation guides as well as stories of real women that Gabrielle has worked with to help them overcome personal struggles and painful experiences. Gabrielle also offers up additional content, including guided meditations, on her website, www.addmoreing.com, and iTunes podcast. It’s a fun little book that has a low threshold and is a good starting point to transform your life.
“So long, Carrie Bradshaw—there’s a new role model for go-getting thirty-somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the post-modern spiritual set.”
Ok so Philip is actually one of my favorite raw foodies out there but he also writes and vlogs a lot about this thing called life. I love his energy and charisma and down to Earth outlook. Check out his YouTube channel for tons of inspiring videos, my favorites would have to be ‘Quitting Your Job/Freedom from Work’ and ‘Crushing the Food Ego‘. Philip is a real inspiration to me in the way he lives his life to his fullest potential by being genuine and authentic and having fun while doing so.
“I would rather be homeless than be unhappy one more day in my life. When we become the example, and we become the light and we shine bright, so bright, that everyone around us is affected, that is when change happens.”
Give it up for my boy Philip!
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