8 Books About Practical Spirituality

Realising the necessity for Practical Spirituality, here’s my reading list of recommendations that will add value to your daily life.

In the past I’ve recommended many books that talk about reincarnation, the afterlife, remembering past lives, etc. Good for anyone that’s interested in proof or those specific subjects, but I recently realized the necessity for books about Practical Spirituality.

I was watching a stand-up comedy show some time back, when this Indian guy Abhishek Upmanyu, was brilliantly throwing one punch-line after another, and he came to the topic of the ‘universe’.

What he said was funny, but also hit home. When we struggle with basic problems in life like a job, relationship or health, we don’t want to know that ‘we are made from stardust’, ‘we are facing a past-life karma’, or any other mystical, mysterious wisdom.

We want something concrete.

Here are 8 books about practical spirituality that will help your spiritual journey on a day-to-day basis.

#1 – Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

This was the first book I read of its kind, “sixth-sensory”, somewhere at the end of 2017.

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When you’re having Spiritual experiences, the one thing we fear is being called crazy, and therefore, we avoid sharing what we’re going through with anyone. But, this brilliant piece of writing helped me come out of my isolation, by showing me that these experiences are NORMAL and must be shared with our ‘tribe’.

Being a long-serving healer herself, Sonia also provides a comprehensive list of things she does on a daily basis, to keep her energy levels high and healthy. It also talks about intuition (thus the title, ‘vibe’), and how spirituality can be gently introduced into our families.

There is a great deal of insight to take away for budding spiritualists and healers. Till this date, I flip through this book and am reminded of something that helps me.

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#2 – The SURRENDER EXPERIMENT BY MICHAEL A. SINGER

Usually, Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment stories are fun to read but they become unrelateable as soon as the person says that they didn’t do anything to get there, it just happened.

Michael, on the other hand, set out to attain Enlightenment.

For most spiritual practitioners, there are several elements in his book, that will help them in their own journey regardless of how recent or long back they started, such as –

  • wanting to stay in isolation but finding ‘obstacles’ on the path’ that stir them away from spiritual practices;
  • trying to avoid people/events but instead attracting more of them;
  • trying to live a life close to monkhood but being unable to escape relationships, material jobs and desires;

The author reveals 40-years of living in the forest, setting up a spiritual temple, working with jail inmates, running a business, getting married and much more.

Spiritually, being the keyword.
Surrender, Let Go, Divine, Choices, Decisions,

In the truest sense, this is as close to exemplified Practical Spirituality, as you can get. He proves you can be in the world, yet not be attached to it. And without being a monk. 🙂

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#3 – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I have mentioned this book over and over again, but for differing reasons.

In terms of Practical Spirituality, it helps dissolve fears and helps you become a more unapologetic, authentic version of yourself. It’s not a quick fix, but if you keep at it – amazing things will begin to happen.

Cameron helps bring out the inner Artist in every being through 12 weeks of fun exercises. She believes that God loves artists, because whatever we do creatively, is an expression of God!

P.S. Long after I’ve finished the book, one of my favourite daily practices remains the Morning Pages, which I’ve talked in more detail about, in 7 Daily Habits that Bring Results Immediately.

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#4 – Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

This is a dense and incredibly insightful book about practical spirituality. It talks about how we can understand the balance or imbalance of Chakras in our daily life.

There are countless stories of how relationships are resolved, wounds and traumas are healed, chronic diseases and pains go away, simply by examining our body and its pains. She strongly emphasises on analysing our body and energy centres, to enhance our wellness.

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One of my favourite examples was when Caroline shared the story of a person who healed their chronic foot pain. They realised they ‘didn’t like going to a certain place’. So, the person’s feet would hurt whenever they tried leaving their home!

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#5 – The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A short and handy book about practical spirituality, on producing inner joy and freeing ourselves from self-deprecating thoughts. The four agreements are –

  • Be impeccable with your word,
  • Don’t take anything personally,
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best

“BUT HOW?”, you’ll wonder. The Toltec wisdom in this timeless bestseller will answer all your questions.

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#6 -The Heartfulness Way by Daaji

One of the best things to have happened to me after Hypnotherapy, is The Heartfulness Program. A simple and effective 3-step technique to a holistic well-being, is taught worldwide at no-cost.

Selfless volunteers, called preceptors, sit on a weekly basis in group meditations. They become windows to Pure Light received from Divine Source itself. Yogic Transmission is the official term for this experience.

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My personal experience has been, that I’ve felt subtle changes at first that have had a rapid, ripple-effect over my life. Give it a try (their website will help you find and schedule a free session with a preceptor closest to you).

The Heartfulness Way is a book by Daaji answers many questions around meditation.
  • Why should we focus on the Heart in meditation?
  • What is the right posture for meditation?
  • Should we meditate at night or in the morning?
  • What are the various stages of meditation that we experience?
  • Is what I am experiencing in meditation right or wrong? And much more!

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#7 – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

What seems like a poetical fiction, is actually 26 short prose poetry fables (that are easy to understand, don’t worry) on every aspect of life, ranging from love, marriage and children, to crime, work, death and more.

Gibran, in very simple prose, explains how we must perceive life. I can’t summarize how this book is practical merely by talking about it, so I will quote my favorite verses to give you a taste of the spiritual guidance you can use from this work, on a daily basis.

* On Love & Marriage

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

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* On Jobs & Working

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit and the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

* On Crime & Punishment

Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you,
but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

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#8 – The TAO OF POOH BY BENJAMIN HOFF

The last book to be added on my list. But perhaps the cutest, sweetest and most heart-touching of them all. And though I just finished reading it, I can’t wait to revisit it already!

Remember the childhood classic, Winnie the Pooh? Now, imagine that Pooh (and all his other friends) came back to life. And, alongside the author, explain the principles of Taoism, the Chinese spiritual philosophy to you.

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I couldn’t make much sense of the Tao te Ching when I tried. So, for me, this book was a simplified, joyful experience. I took away quite a lot, and feel like the audiobook version is even better, if you can get access to it!

It was also helpful in helping me understand a broad difference between the Confucius, Buddhist and Tao philosophies.

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All this goodness revealed, I would like to end on the note, as I often do with such posts that if you were able to purchase books using any of the above links listed, thank you! Your support helps me raise the quality of what I do. 🙂

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5 Bold Spiritual Books with Scientific Backing

If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof? I hear you. So, here are 5 pioneer spiritual books with scientific backing.

“If spirituality isn’t a hoax, where’s the proof?”

“Where is this heaven you all keep talking about?”

“Karma? Prove it!”

I hear you. So, I want you to give these questions a true chance to be answered.

So here are 5 books with compelling insights into spirituality, with scientific backing. Don’t believe me? Read them for yourself.

#1 – Return to Life, by Dr. Jim B. Tucker

Over fifteen years of research was put into this book. Hopping from one country to another, Dr Jim B Ticker alongside Dr Ian Stevenson, scientifically investigated the ‘strange’ phenomenon that children still have memories of their past lives.

Funds were raised, documentaries were made; this book felt no less than a thriller! There are stunning evidences, such as famous people being reborn, humans being ‘possessed’, animals being reborn as humans, psychic powers, near death experiences, and much more.

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#2 – Many Lives, Many Masters, by Dr. Brian Weiss

First published in 1988, this book on Past Life Regression still hasn’t been ‘debunked’. As a matter of fact, many organisations have went ahead to set up their own practices and teach regression to the masses. Dr Brian himself continues to conduct past life regression on countless audiences and leave everyone stunned.

What starts off as a case of clinical psychology takes a fun twist of fate. Not just because Dr Brian’s patient, Catherine is supposedly seeing her past lives, but also because the Masters from the ‘beyond’ start talking through the Catherine to Dr Brian. This case study provides shocking evidence of their existence.

There is a lot more to take away in terms of healing and embracing our life in a new way. And it was this book that inspired me to get my own past life regression done. More on that, another time!

Also, there are several books to follow his works, but this is his first and perhaps the most unconventional.

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#3 – Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander

While other books talk about others’ experiences, this is actually the account of a doctor who had a Near Death Experience. But not on some casual level. The doctor’s illness had led him to his deathbed and his treatment was failing him. Meanwhile, other doctors had given up.

We’re all looking for a true ‘miracle’ and in today’s age and date, this might be the miracle that changes your worldview for good. But where is the scientific backing? The books extensively explains how the healing and recovery he underwent has no explanation in medical science, till this date!

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#4 – Journey of Souls, by Dr. Michael Newton

Another psychiatrist set out to explore what happens between lives, or “after-death”.

This is a complimentary yet distinct study from Dr Brian’s works. Here, you will find heavy introspection (at times, intimidating) for profound questions like – what happens after we die? What happens before we’re born? Why we have challenging lives, and how we actually opt for them.

Also, how soulmates find their way back to each other, what ‘heaven’ looks like, the truth about spirit guides, etc.

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#5 – Power of Your Subconscious Mind, by Dr. Joseph Murphy

It is one thing to say we are in control of our destiny, but it is another to prove it. Decades of case studies and a life-changing explanation are provided on how you too, can manifest the kind of life you want regardless of the extent of your current problems.

I have read many books of Law of Attraction and manifestation, but this was the only one which brought results. The techniques are thorough and require not much investment, other than a couple minutes before bedtime.

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Another unique thing about this book is, it approaches the Subconscious Mind through psychology, but if you are observant enough, you will notice the subtlety with which Dr. Murphy integrates spirituality into his practice.

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This list is not limited to these publications only, ofcourse. There are countless research papers, and other great books going deeper into this thing called ‘Spirituality’. And I’m sure that such scientific backing is enough to silence our doubts.

Even if you aren’t completely convinced, it is my truest belief that you will be stirred and given something new to think about.

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10 Underrated Books That Deserve More Love

My underrated favorite books, highly recommended for 2019.

Here’s my list of underrated books that people aren’t talking about enough, have just a few-thousand ratings or even less on Goodreads, but you should definitely add to your shelves (and also read, don’t just keep them sitting there!).

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1. Unthink by Chris Paley

(Goodreads average: 3.55, but it deserves at least 4/5 stars)

Genre? Psychology. Without the boring, scientific details, this short, quick book covers dozens of interesting studies on the human mind (and how it’s being heavily manipulated). Easy to read, keeps you hooked on every page, and will leave you thinking for a long time.

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2. An Atheist’s History of Belief by Matthew Kneale

(Goodreads average: 3.82, Me: atleast a 4/5)

I’ll go so far as saying it’s (almost) as fascinating and resourceful as Yuval Noah’s Sapiens. But don’t take my word on it – read it for yourself.

This is an essential book to believers and non-believers alike, as this uncovers questions like, where did the idea of God really originate from? How did idol-worship begin? Why are there strange practices like sacrifices, martyrdom and witchcraft? The conception of polygamy and abstinence, and a LOT more.

Value for money, and a well utilization of 240 pages! No fluke. And you might be surprised by what you discover about your own religion. Brace yourselves, there are some bold revelations!

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3. Hypnotherapy by Dave Elman

(Goodreads average: 4.4, Me: 5/5!)

What is hypnosis? Can we be hypnotized without consent? Is it possible that we are often hypnotized even without knowing it? Can hypnosis actually be beneficial? And how can we do it (if at all)?

This is one of the finest books written on the subject, and will surprise you with a ton of information. Mind-blowing!

Disclaimer – the book is rarely published anymore and will be an expensive buy. But most certainly worth it, I assure you!

4. Anam Cara by John O’Donohue

(Goodreads average: 4.31, I’d say 5/5)

Celtic wisdom. Philosophy. Mystical.

If these words intrigue you, pick this book without a second thought. In a world where you get a hundred new quotes per hour on Instagram, the thoughts and ideas in this book still remain widely untouched and uncirculated.

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5. Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss

(Goodreads average: 4.06, Me: definitely a 5/5)

“Faith in humanity restored!”
That was my reaction atleast after every 2 pages.

Its a feel-good yet emotion-stirring read. Thought-provoking, yet gentle. An ideal book if you’re finding yourself questioning the ‘purpose in life’, or wondering if there’s any hope left for humanity.

This is written as a series of stories with a deep message and a lot of happy endings (happy new beginnings, rather).

Note : Caroline Myss also has a series of blogs that are equally inspiring, in smaller doses.

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6. Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

(Goodreads average: 4.49, Me: 5/5 undoubtedly!)

Written by an Enlightened Buddhist Monk himself, this book is such an easy way to understand the Buddhist Way.

Even if not with the intention to become a Monk, or a Buddhist, read this extraordinary piece of work to gain invaluable knowledge about Meditation practices, spiritual discourses, and historic recounting (disputes between the monks, rivalries, the Buddha’s passing into Nirvana etc).

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7. No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal

(Goodreads average: 4.45, Me: 5/5)

A Pulitzer prize winner, I would describe as ‘UNPUTDOWNABLE’.
Narrated with three, shocking perspectives – one from a Mujaheddin leader, second from a Taliban member and third from a local citizen of Afghanistan, this book is a personal and immersive experience of what happened to the country, and why it is suffering. Even if you know nothing about Afghanistan (as I didn’t when I read this), this is the only book you’ll need to read.

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8. The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim

(Goodreads average: 4.09, Me: 5/5 brilliant!)

Haven’t we all wondered how such families are impacted? And what happens to the kids – do they follow their father’s footsteps? This is a (very) quick but brave memoir about the story of a Terrorist’s son. Written by a TED talk speaker, this one is sure to leave a mark on your heart.

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9. Return to Life by Jim B Tucker

(Goodreads average: 3.7, Me: 5/5 phenomenal!)

If you want to be challenged into reading something outside your comfort zone, try this. It will question (almost) everything you’ve believed in about life. The major theme is around cases where children’s memories of past lives could be PROVEN, and there are other compelling evidences such as famous people being reborn, animals being reborn as humans (WTF?), psychic powers, near death experiences, and more.

As eerie as this book sounds, it was a breeze to get through and really shook me to the core.

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10. The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

(Goodreads average: 4.27, Me: 5/5, favorite book ever!)

If there is one book you need to understand how the mind works against us, how to meditate, the concepts of detachment, ego, surrendering, and a vast sea of other spiritual concepts, pick this and you will not have to look further.

This is a beautiful, meaningful and short book that merges psychology and spirituality. I know I’ve brought this one up before, in my list of spiritual favorites, but I think it’s worth mentioning again!

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