Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth
Baggage We all carry it with us through life.
It comes in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors--more than enough to accommodate the stuff that we accumulate through life. And no matter how we dress it up, it's frustrating, inconvenient, and slows us down. In fact, it's downright disruptive.
This book is about offloading emotional baggage--something that's especially important when we realize that we don't just pack for one; we pack for seven. Each of the seven selves--self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge--has characteristics, wellness types, and shadows. Each plays a vital role in harmony, overall health, and well-being.
Chock full of real-life emotional examples, as well as "keys" at the end of each chapter offering actionable tips, techniques, and exercises designed to help you unlock baggage, examine it, and offload it permanently, Note to Self will help you discover a lighter, joy-filled you
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About the Author
2016 Idaho Author Award Winner
2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Winner
2017 International Excellence Body, Mind, Spirit Book Awards finalist
2017 International Book Award winner
"Buchanan treats the concept of choice as a crucial one, explaining that everyone makes decisions as to what his or her life purpose is, and that what one isn't changing, one is choosing. Such prompts effectively encourage deep, introspective exploration. A well-organized, thorough guide to self-acceptance."
--Kirkus "Relevant to our times, this important read can easily be considered a manual for intentional living; allowing us to embrace a well-crafted plan for revival, beyond the hypnotic hold of the human condition. Note to Self offers an inspired jumpstart into conscious living for both the beginner, as well as an enthusiastic reminder for the seasoned traveler on the path."
--Alison Elliot, international speaker, energy enrichment coach, and author of Hot Flashes Cool Wisdom: A Rumble Through the Jungle of Midlife "Laurie Buchanan has a knack for helping others find positive, creative, and clear solutions to life's challenges. Reading this book was like watching the sun rise for me; every page had bright rays of wisdom that made me smile. Delightful indeed!"
--Christine DeSmet, author, screenwriter, and writing teacher at University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies "One of the best gifts I can give my clients is to share the wisdom of this book."
--Susan Wisehart, MS, LMFT, holistic psychotherapist, and author of Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future "What a dazzling rainbow of wisdom Laurie Buchanan has assembled into one volume! Drawing on a wide range of spiritual teachers and scientific discoveries, Buchanan guides the reader on an exciting journey of self-discovery. She is a modern oracle at Delphi, and this book a modern temple with 'Know Thyself' written on every page. Highly recommended for daily spiritual practice (a list of 365 questions at the end will guide journal writing). Leaders of retreats, and spiritual seekers will be sharing well-thumbed, dog-eared copies soon."
--Shirley Hershey Showalter, former president of Goshen College and author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World "While we are all passengers on a planet called Earth, we can choose to enhance the way in which we travel: emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. In fact, we can, through the pages of this book, discover new ways to travel that are lighter, more fluid, and life-enhancing. The author, a wise and dedicated traveler, is also the right kind of kind of guide--caring, inspiring, uplifting, knowledgeable--for your journey of self-discovery. I recommend this tremendous book to anyone seeking the companionship of good energy and joyful presence. A five-star read in every way! "
--D.A. Hickman, author of The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone "Don't read this book. Do it instead! Based on the seven chakras, this is a self-help book that can help you let go of emotional baggage and reclaim your highest and best self."
--New Spirit Journal "Everyone has baggage. It varies in styles and shape but it is always frustrating, inconvenient, and disruptive. In Note to Self, Laurie Buchanan dives deep into unloading this emotional baggage we all carry around. Full of real-life, emotional examples as well as an action to take at the end of each chapter, this book will lead to a better, more happy you."