I feel like this book was a long time coming for me and I can’t believe it has taken so long to find something that is really inspiring in terms of being a woman and going through menstruation. I literally loved this book from beginning to end, I was most looking forward to reading about diet and exercise but truthfully was interested in all of the chapters.
Taking it back to the beginning, I don’t really remember sex ed class at school or having much of a period talk but I know it was presented as more of a daunting issue rather than being a ‘crowning achievement of evolution and reproduction’ as Alisa describes it in her book. There’s also the truth behind many myths such as Cramps are unavoidable and Being on the pill helps you regulate your period which many of us grow up hearing and believing to be true.
If you are willing to invest a little into yourself, the myflo app is great (costs less than £2) and allows you to keep track of your cycle as well as offering advice and support throughout each phase. There’s even more stuff to buy into like supplements, diet plans etc. which I guess would be useful if you have serious PMS, cramps, hormones or other symptoms that you want to reduce. Ultimately the book is saying that if you’ve ever suffered during your hormonal cycle, it didn’t need to be that way and things can get better if you work on it.
I’m sharing this because I know someone out there will find it useful. I originally heard about the book from @Sophiatheherbalist over on Instagram, who has a great platform if you are interested in medical herbalists, definitely check her out.
I’ll make this a short review because there’s not much for me to write without ruining the main points of the book. This is a great book if you enjoy reading and learning about mindfulness. You’ll learn so much about the mind and hopefully take away tips and techniques that you can use throughout the day.
I recently finished reading Mindfulness, Plain & Simple, another book I had previously read. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around and I felt like I was understanding it better because I was aware of myself more. Its a practical book where you can get involved in the mindfulness exercises at the end of each chapter, this is great because it allows you to put what you’ve just read into practice and have a greater understanding of it. Many of these exercises can be done anywhere, for example, at work, travelling or even whilst walking in the park.
It’s a fairly short book with 134 pages but it contains so much information and really breaks down mindfulness but in such a simple way. A couple of my favourite points were ‘Mindfulness simply means experiencing the moment as it is’ and ‘When living mindfully, we are naturally free from the problems, which only exist in the mind.’
This book teaches you to be present in every moment rather than getting lost in the minds thoughts. Often we dwell on the past or fear the future which can cause anxiety, frustration and worry, when this happens notice what emotions arise and then let them be, so you can come back to the moment right now!
Mindfulness can seem like a very basic thing, just sitting and being present doesn’t really seem like much but, regular practice can free your mind.
Today I’m trying something new, so bare with me. I’ll be doing a book review of my current read and this will hopefully encourage me to read more consistently even if it’s only a few pages each day. I actually really enjoy reading but after becoming a young adult I found it difficult to find books that were actually interesting and moved on to non-fiction and self help books. I’m older now and I think it’s much easier to find what interests me so I do have quite a collection of books. I’m quite a slow reader, especially when a book contains technical words that I don’t fully understand so hopefully I’ll be posting monthly depending on the type of book I’m reading and how long it is.
My first review will be on The Four Agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom, something I have loved reading so much recently. I think this is now the 3rd time reading The Four Agreements and it gets better every time. I like the fact that when I’m reading through the pages again, it’s like I’m reading something new that I didn’t notice before and I’m learning more and more. I feel like I am at a place in life (and have been for a while) where I would like to be more myself and break away from how I was raised to be and this book is perfect for that. Some parts of it are quite dramatic for example ‘Even if someone got a gun and shot you in the head, it was nothing personal.’ but I guess it all depends on what the sentences mean to the reader and how they perceive it.
Even there are only 138 pages, so much is packed inside and the book covers topics such as Toltec wisdom, life, freedom and beliefs. This book has helped me to understand a lot of things in my personal life and have a different view on things like, not blaming anyone for how I was raised, people’s reactions are based on their own issues/life experiences and not to take things personally. Also, how holding onto negative words from the past can affect you in your current life.
The four agreements are as follows;
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best
I think this is a good beginners book if you are interested in self growth because it contains lots of useful information that you can start implementing in your life without having to further invest. Not only that but it’s informative, well written and easy to understand.
Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought.