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Looking for Spirituality Books Backed By Science? Here are 8 Recommendations

Looking for Spirituality Books Backed By Science? Here are 8 Recommendations

There are so many self-help and spirituality books out there, it can be hard to figure out which ones are going to be useful and which ones not to waste your money on. A lot of these books have information that is backed by science, and have information that you will want to know. But, don’t discount the books that are not backed by science. After all, they can also be loaded with great information based on personal experiences. Both have their merits, but finding the best titles can still be difficult. If you want some great books that will help you change the way you think about things, we would like to recommend the following eight books.

1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

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    In this book, author Charles Duhigg talks about how we get into habits, and not all of them are good habits. He will teach you how to get into better habits that will improve your life, both personal and professional.

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    2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

      This book may be 1,800 years old, but everything in it still rings true today. Written by Marcus Aurelius, Meditations has been confirmed by science as being effective on our emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

      3. Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

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        Author Maxwell Maltz is a plastic surgeon who wanted to help his patients see that they are beautiful on the inside, and that is what they need to look after first rather than worry about how they look. This powerful book is loaded with advice that will help to improve your own self-confidence and overcome your fears. So, what is true beauty?

        4. Getting things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

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          Author David Allen shows you how easy it is to not get things done, and how to turn yourself into someone who does get things done. He talks about how you can have great ideas, but no ability to execute those ideas, and that your success depends on being in action all the time.

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          5. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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            Author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discusses how you can get into a flow state in your life. What does this mean? Think about this. You are doing something that you really love. It makes you feel good, it energizes you, and the time just flies by while you are doing it. This is your flow state, and you can learn how to always be in this state.

            6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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              This book by Dale Carnegie has been around for a long time, but the information within still holds true today. Carnegie has given us a definitive guide about how to use our emotional intelligence to our advantage, both in our personal and business lives. This is one of the must-have self-help books that should be owned by everyone.

              7. Waking Up by Sam Harris

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                You don’t necessarily need religion in order to be spiritual. If you are confused about religion, this book by neuroscientist Sam Harris is just what you need. The author talks about how the brain relates to consciousness, and ultimately how that relates to our spirituality. He shows us that it is possible to be highly spiritual without being religious.

                8. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

                10% Happier by Dan Harris

                  If you are always looking at the negative aspect of everything, stop everything you are doing and read this book by Dan Harris now. Also a news anchor, Harris discusses his dealings with the crazier self-help gurus who were nothing more than scam artists, and then actually uses science to see if their claims are real. Then, he reveals the area where science meets spirituality, and how the two are able to marry.

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                  Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    Some tips to guide you:

                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                    A few prompts to get you started:

                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                    • What would you be doing?
                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                    • How are you dressed?
                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                    Plan Backwards

                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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