***Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/The Power of The Heart. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
This post has actually been quite difficult for me to write. I have started writing, and then deleted my words over and over again. Baring one's soul is hard, and makes a person vulnerable, in a sense. That can be scary, but it is necessary for personal growth. So if my words seem scattered or awkward, I apologize in advance.
You see, when I first accepted this assignment, I thought, "Okay, a book review. Sounds fun!" But when I received "The Power of the Heart" by Baptist De Pape, I quickly learned that it's more than just a book....It's a tool for self-discovery and self-awareness. This book has forced me to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It's taught me to face the things I don't like about myself, identify the reasons why I am the way I am, and then (hopefully) find the power within myself to change them, making me a happier, stronger, more connected person in the long-run.
So what exactly is "The Power of the Heart"? It's a wonderful book filled with exercises that help encourage self-awareness, and how to live a live that is truly guided by the heart. In addition to these simple exercises, there are countless inspirational passages written by respected folks like the late Maya Angelou, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, just to name a few. Their words are comforting, encouraging, and full of wisdom and love.
I have found this book to be very helpful, especially during my own frequent moments of doubt and uncertainty. Anyone who knows me knows that at times, I am a hot mess. (Just keeping it real, here.) I had a pretty rough childhood where I was surrounded by addiction and shown very little love, followed by a very abusive first marriage. As a result, I am prone to pretty severe anxiety and bouts of depression. I also suffer from ridiculously low self-esteem, and I seem to always second guess myself.
Confidence is certainly not one of my strong suits, and I am trying very hard to change this. I don't want my children, my daughter especially, to ever go through the things that I have. I don't want her to ever question her own worth, or feel that she isn't "good enough" or deserving of love. I don't want her to ever let another human being harm her, physically or emotionally, and I definitely don't want to see her fall victim to an eating disorder in hopes of becoming what others want her to be. (See, I told you, I have been a mess in my lifetime!)
But if I want my daughter to have a kinder view of herself, I have to begin with giving her a positive example. This means battling my own insecurities and inner-demons and learning to love and accept myself. This is easier said than done, but I think that with the help of this book, I am on the right track.
One of the things I have been focusing on is figuring out who I am, what I want from life, and how I can achieve happiness from within. In "The Power of the Heart", there are some great exercises to help one do just that. I am going to bare my soul and give an example of an exercise that I recently completed:
The "Your Calling" Exercise:
Answer these questions
Here are my answers:
This is just one of the many exercises found in "The Power of the Heart". I am making my way through this wonderful book, and really trying to take its words to heart. I hope that by the end of my journey, I am a stronger, gentler, kinder person, and that I am able to forgive myself for my own flaws and insecurities, once and for all. It's not an easy journey. Self-examination is never easy. It means facing things that may be uncomfortable to think about, and dealing with things that have caused great pain. But without doing so, there is no healing or betterment. It takes being truly connected and truly understanding the heart's desires.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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