Looking at our life as a work of art – New Self help books in January

What if our life was the biggest and greatest creative project of all? This month’s selected titles books can help you pave the way to a meaningful, fulfilled and creative life, one step at a time. Do not forget to enjoy every step of the way.

Syndetics book coverThe creative fight : create your best work and live the life you imagine
“Creativity is not a gift for a select few, but an ongoing process of growth and self-realization available to anyone who puts in the effort to pursue the spark. In this book, Chris Orwig, author, teacher, photographer and creator of 96 courses at Lynda.com (free access with Wellington City Libraries card), offers a unique perspective on the creative process, showing you how to find meaning in your work, be inspired, and discover the life for which you were designed. For more resources and inspiration, check out the book’s companion site, thecreativefight.com.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow to think like Einstein : simple ways to break the rules and discover your hidden genius
How to Think Like Einstein provides the tools for the everyday challenges at the home and in the office. Innovator and author Scott Thorpe guides you step-by-step through the process of freeing yourself from your “rule ruts” so you can dream up amazing (and doable) solutions to the seemingly impossible. With brand-new material for today’s readers, this new edition will reveal how you can solve problems in astonishing ways.” (Syndetics)

51dsOYwCtxLVital signs : the environmental trends that are shaping our future
Vital Signs is about what inspires passion and what defeats it. How we lose it and how we get it back. And ultimately it’s about the endless yet endlessly fruitful tug-of-war between freedom and domestication, the wild in us and the tame, our natural selves and our conditioned selves. Each chapter in Vital Signs will contain a core sample, an intimate biography of one of the strategies we employ to gain or regain our passion. The book also affirms the importance of courageous inquiry into dispassion—where we’re numb, depressed, stuck, bored—so the reader can recognize and change these tendencies in themselves.” (From amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverThe art of living
The Art of Living presents transcripts from legendary business speaker and mentor Bob Proctor’s most popular workshop—Matrixx—and brings this wisdom to a wider audience. Readers will marvel at Proctor’s miraculous way of disseminating his decades of business wisdom into easy-to-understand parables and learn lessons on what our creative faculties are and how to use them, why we need to unlearn most of the false beliefs we’ve been indoctrinated with our whole lives, and how our intellects have the ability not only to put us ahead in life, but also to be our biggest detriment.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book cover1001 ideas that changed the way we think
“Our view of the world today has emerged through the questions, theories, speculations and hypotheses raised by brilliant minds over millennia. Their once-radical propositions are now accepted truths. Drawing on a wide spectrum of topics – including politics, cosmology, the arts, philosophy, and religious beliefs – 1001 Ideas That Shaped the Way We Think traces the exponential growth of human knowledge across the centuries.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWired to create : unraveling the mysteries of the creative mind
Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, the book shines a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman and Gregoire untangle a series of paradoxes– like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration – to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverCoach your own life : break down the barriers to success
“This updated new edition of a dynamic and motivating guide will give you the resources and toolkit to coach yourself to an improved and enhanced performance in all areas of your life. Covering everything from career development to personal relationships, appearance and money management, it offers a program of change and progress for each area, while encouraging you to examine your own beliefs, confidence and motivation to ensure that change is for the better and for the long-term. This new edition also contains plenty of tools and advice to help you overcome blockages and obstacles, develop resilience, and become more mindful.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMindfulness in motion : a happier, healthier life through body-centred meditation
“This book will guide you step by step through Dr Tamara Russell’s Body in Mind Training (BMT) programme, a unique approach to secular mindfulness that uses the moving body as the main meditation tool. The message is simple: getting out of your head and into your body is the key to a happier, healthier life. With easy-to-follow exercises, step-by-step photographs, clear brain diagrams and a host of practical tips, this book offers all the tools you need to start living in your body. With a little focus, determination and practice, you too can experience the amazing benefits of mindfulness!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSecular meditation : 32 practices for cultivating inner peace, compassion, and joy
“As meditation teacher Rick Heller shows, the benefits of the practice extend beyond the personal to enrich relationships with others, with one’s community, and with the world. In Secular Meditation, step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and the kind of in-the-moment living that fosters appreciation for life and resilience in the face of adversity.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mindful home : the secrets to making your home a place of harmony, beauty, wisdom and true happiness
“A house is physical but a home is far more subtle and elusive. This book takes the view that being ‘at home’ is a metaphor for finding ourselves — finding our core. What do we find at our core? As the world’s greatest wisdom traditions point out, home is about qualities that we equate with ‘good’ itself — true happiness, peace, beauty, wisdom and inspiration. It is also about the good things in life such as harmony, relationships, health and wealth.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFly with me : true inspirational stories for travellers through life
“The skies have beckoned mankind for centuries but it’s only in the last couple of decades that air travel has become affordable to the masses. What an incredible privilege to see our planet from a distance. How amazing to take in views of fiery sunsets, cotton puff clouds and glistening lakes. Fly With Me is a collection of true stories that relate the experiences of flying to everyday life. Anyone who has flown will be able to relate to these stories of turbulence, human emotion, long hours in the sky, and the simple joy of being free from earth for a brief time.” (Syndetics)