BOOKS: Tune your Mind to the Positive, the Second Principle of Power Living®, has to do with tuning your mental energy to create positive manifestations, achieve focus and spur inspiration. In the Power Living® Practice, we share various ways to do this, from meditation and breathing techniques to strategic eating and productivity planning. Another part of the practice involves feeding your mind through foundation reading – the study of truth-seeking writings, from ancient, sacred texts to modern philosophies. Most of the great spiritual traditions encourage this type of positive study.
The Yoga Sutras [I-44] talk about svadhyaya, or spiritual study as part of your practice. The Bible talks about this in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Regardless of your religion or spiritual focus, part of your journey towards being authentic is to recognize your core beliefs and reinforce them through ongoing study.
Ernest Holmes said that “The Science of Mind is not a special revelation to any individual, it is rather, the culmination of all revelations.” Similarly, Power Living® is not a special revelation of an individual; instead it is an accumulation and culmination of Universal Truths from the Bible, Emerson’s Essays, The Science of Mind, The Yoga Sutras, The Bhagavad Gita, Shambala – Way of the Warrior, the I Ching, Buddha, Rumi, Confucius and many more. It is wisdom from the ages translated into practical application for our modern-day lives.
I grew up reading self-help and spirituality-related books. It started when my mom gave me The Little Me and THE GREAT ME by Lou Austin when I was 4 years old. From then, every year she would add to my collection. I later added even more when I studied for my Ph.D. in World Religions. Check out The Power List. I’ll keep adding on. Let me know what you think.
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series.