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Week 27 – What to do when it’s time to give away your friends


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What to do when it’s time to give away your friends


It’s a cool, rainy day here in Massachusetts, the perfect weather for staying in bed, curled up with a good book.

Which is exactly what I did this morning. I opened the windows to listen to the rain while I finished a novel I’d been reading all week.

Later on, once up and dressed, I decided to use this rainy day to do more space clearing. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I’m sure it seems like I must live in a house loaded with stuff. I often write about going through rooms and closets and drawers collecting things to give away or recycle.

But the truth is over the last two years I’ve been going through more of an inner process inspired by midlife. I’m slowly revisiting my life by examining the things I’ve collected over the years.

I’m exploring memories, relationships, events, and experiences and, as I do, I’m blessing and releasing the things that are ready to be left behind.

Life is energy and everything we hold on to holds the energy of that experience.

These days I’m into freedom – freedom from anything that keeps my energy rooted somewhere other than where I am now.

So, back to this morning. I decided to spend time clearing out more books from our library. Michael and I have already pared down our books considerably, but the deeper we go into this process, the easier it is to let go of even more.

So I went to the library and started going through rows of books. Some books are like acquaintances and friends that need to be blessed and released. Others are more important; they’re like best friends or spiritual partners, who have provided me with comfort, guidance, inspiration, and hope along the way.

These books remain in my library – most likely forever.

So, as I sat on the floor weeding through them, I was inspired to share a few of my special books with you in case you’d like to make a new friend while on your own journey.

Here are some of the ones I treasure:

~*~ Two books that opened my eyes early on:

Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

~*~ One of my favorite little books about writing…

If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman

~*~ A deeply important spiritual book that saved me long ago…

Power Through Constructive Thought by Emmet Fox

~*~ A book I kept in my bathroom for years…

Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

~*~ A book that I’ve read several times because it’s an extraordinary story that raises the consciousness of the reader every time you read it…

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

~*~ My favorite menopause book…

Red Moon Passage by Bonnie J. Horrigan

~*~ A beautifully written book that gave me comfort during times when I had no choice but to be patient…

When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd

~*~ A book given to me by my friend Max while I was writing The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, and I’ve read it every year since…

Balancing Heaven and Earth by Robert Johnson

~*~ A book that captures the spiritual quest of a young girl who sails around the world with her cat. This story taught me about real courage…

Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi

And the book that has kept me journaling (and trying to be a better writer) for the last thirty years…

Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton

There you have it, a few of my best friends.

As I stacked up the books I intend to give away, I realized that I could easily increase the pile if I thought some of my old favorites could go to friends who might enjoy them.

That’s when I thought of you.

I’ve decided to use our “good stuff giveaway” email list to send a favorite book to some of you over the next few weeks.

If you’d like to be eligible to receive one, put yourself on the list. I’ll choose a couple of people a week and send a book from my library. It will be a surprise in the hopes that you get exactly what you need.

You can find the sign up list here.

And please don’t worry. This list is ONLY for my giveaways – it’s not used for anything else.

Here’s to enjoying good books together!

heart-icon#x2665; Cheryl


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