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Journeying to Healing Mother-Daughter Relationships


Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 8.01.20 AMNicole Lawrence bravely shares the limiting beliefs and patterns that were created in the wake of her troubled childhood in her powerful memoir, Doors to Transformation: My Mother – My Self. While each of our childhoods are different, I believe we all have traumas that may still be affecting us in our lives as adults.

This book offered me insights into how to become aware of negative patterns formed in the past and provided inspiration to go through the process of transformation.

Nicole’s “you can do it too” attitude comes from sharing her success in processing emotions and creating new patterns and also in providing the resources she used to accomplish her healing. She offers discovery questions and exercises to help the reader dig deep, uncover painful emotions, release them, and learn to make changes.

How does one face, feel and release pain? Nicole offers her tried-and-true method of reflecting on memories of traumatic experiences, then releasing emotions about what occurred and what did not occur, and examining the conclusions that you then drew about yourself, the other person and the world because of these experiences.

Nicole touchingly recounts how her mother neglected her as a child, leaving her feeling unloved and unlovable, and shares how she did her “emotional work” and learned to trust herself and others more and not follow exhausting patterns to receive outside approval.

The journey to forgiveness of things from our past and the journey to self-love is a universal challenge that this book can assist everyone with. Giving thanks to Nicole Lawrence for opening the door to show us the way.

An artist as well as a writer, Nicole views life as running in cycles and spirals, comprising the healing journeys we undertake as a regular part of our lives. This book is part of a healing cycle for her. She hopes it inspires others to push through their own journeys of healing.

For more information or to contact Nicole, go to http://nicolelawrence.com.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life and The Chakra Energy Diet

P.S.  Enter to win my special book & DVD Holiday Giveaway at www.theChakras.org.

 

Somewhere Between Black and White… Therein Lies the Truth


Somewhere graphic ebookHave you ever felt an instant attraction to someone, felt like you’ve known them before, or felt at home with them right away? Could it be because you’ve had a past-life connection with them? This idea has been explored in my own books and in a wonderful read I just finished, Somewhere Between Black and White, a multi-layered, complex, thoughtful love story by Shelly Hickman.

Sophie, the heroine of Somewhere Between Black and White, isn’t one to put herself in another person’s shoes before making judgments, until she falls under the influence of the calm and cool Sam… and then the fun and her growth into a better person begins.

In this novel, Hickman’s lovers Sophie and Sam have been a couple in a past life, a past that Sophie “sees” when she first kisses Sam, a past she uncovers as their relationship develops. Sam’s Buddhist philosophy is one he learned in this past life and is one he more fully embraces in his current incarnation, and shares with Sophie, helping her in all her relationships. She becomes more understanding of her ill sister’s choices and more accepting of things that she found impossible to comprehend before.

The growth of all the characters in Somewhere Between Black and White is inspiring… wouldn’t we all be happier and healthier if we gave up judgment of others, and embraced kindness and compassion instead? I love the tingle that I get from romantic novels like this, and find it a bonus when there’s a lesson that the story leaves me with as well. The Buddhist tenets of non-judgment and non-attachment come across very well in Sam’s actions and we the readers, as well as Sophie, benefit from his teachings.

Shelly HickmanHere, author Shelly Hickman answers my questions about Somewhere Between Black and White:

BECCA: I enjoyed reading your work of fiction and finding an inspirational message, specifically the Buddhist tenets of non-judgment and non-attachment. How did you see these teachings integral to the growth of your main character?

SHELLY: When I began writing “Somewhere,” I wanted the theme to focus on our tendency, as a society, to judge others. I’m not trying to imply that there shouldn’t be consequences for our actions, and that people should be able to do whatever they like with no repercussions, but so often we assume we know another’s motivations and make snap judgments about people and what they’re about. But the truth of the matter is that, as the saying goes, we can never understand another’s choices until we’ve walked in their shoes.

Sophie is the personification of this shortcoming. Though her intentions are good, her love and concern for her sister blind her to the possible suffering of Christian, her brother-in-law. Because she refuses to consider life through his eyes, even briefly, she is quick to write him off as worthless. At the same time, it’s her attachment to her sister that makes her so overbearing, and oftentimes, obnoxious.

BECCA: Do you include many of your own experiences into your fiction?

SHELLY: Generally, it’s the little details throughout my novels that are from my own life. However, my first novel, Believe, was hugely based on experiences I had when my daughter went through treatment and passed away from cancer. My upcoming release, Menopause to Matrimony, also has quite a few references to things I’ve experience with the onset of perimenopause, and I’ve tried to approach them in a humorous way.

BECCA: What is the importance of the past-life connection between Sophie and Sam? Did they have specific lessons they still needed to learn from each other?

SHELLY: With the past-life connection between Sophie and Sam, I tried to show an ongoing mutual benefit they receive from their relationship. Sam (Matthew in a former life), was significantly impacted by his friendship with the Buddhist soldier, Ping. That lifetime was part of Sam’s “schooling,” for lack of a better word, that made him who he is in this lifetime. Sophie is kind of his learning partner, and although Sam is more evolved than Sophie, her presence in his life makes him better. She gives him the opportunity to practice the patience and tolerance he feels is so important, and at times, she expressly reminds him what he believes. For instance, when Matthew and Natalie argue about his need to avenge his father, Natalie calls him on his beliefs, and points out that he should let the man upstairs handle it. We don’t know the details of the loss of his father, and we really don’t really need to. All we know is that he’s angry and bitter, and Natalie (Sophie) is there to challenge him—does he buy into what Ping tried to impart, or not?  I feel Sam’s prior connection with Sophie, along with his forgiving nature, allow him to see past all her strong opinions to the essentially good heart underneath.

BECCA: Can you explain why Sam liked to say, It’s all good? How can we, as your readers, apply this in our lives?

SHELLY: Sam sort of addresses this idea when he shares his thoughts on the meaning of soul mate. He believes a soul mate is someone you learn from and who helps you grow as a person. I think we can all acknowledge that difficult circumstances, as well as difficult people in our lives, often help us grow. So when Sam says, “It’s all good,” he’s talking about in the big scheme of things. In my opinion, we’re all here to learn, grow, and love, and often we don’t do that unless we’re put in challenging, and sometimes painful, situations. I don’t know what it is about humans that we have to learn the hard way. Though easier said than done, I think when we’re going through a difficult or painful time, if we can manage to step back and try to learn something from it, in the end, “It’s all good.”

BECCA: What hope or message do you wish to offer others with this book?

SHELLY: The main message I wanted to convey with this book is that we should at least try to see things through another person’s viewpoint before getting all judgey on them. It’s difficult. I think the older I get, the more judgmental I’ve become, but in truth, when I try to see a situation through someone else’s eyes, I can’t help but be more compassionate, which makes me feel better, rather than having the opinion that people just suck.

BECCA: What themes are you addressing in your other three books?

SHELLY: As I briefly mentioned earlier, my first book, Believe, is quite different than what I now write. I wrote it after losing my daughter as a way to work through my grief and anger. The writing is quite bare, and because it has a lot of metaphysical elements, it’s not for everyone. Believe was something I had to write as part of my healing process, but I also hope that anyone who reads it might find it healing as well, especially anyone who has gone through horrible loss.

My third book, Vegas to Varanasi, and its sequel coming November 1st, Menopause to Matrimony, are very different than my first two. There’s no intended deeper message in these novels. They are romantic comedies that are meant to entertain, and hopefully give the reader a chuckle or two. However, in all of my stories, I attempt to show the human side of characters who create the conflict. Although there are people in this world who are truly awful and mean-spirited, I prefer to fill my stories with characters who still have endearing qualities, despite causing grief for the main character. Even “villains” aren’t one-dimensional. Not sure if I pull it off or not, but it’s my goal, at least.

BECCA: What suggestions do you have for other writers who feel they have an important message to share?

SHELLY: Try not to beat the reader over the head with your message, although this can be challenging. Because you will never please everyone, some readers will flat out miss your message, while others will think you forced it. It’s difficult to create a balance where the reader can come to conclusions on their own without spoon-feeding. Readers have sometimes said that in Believe and Somewhere Between Black and White, that they didn’t “get” certain elements, or that I left out too much information and rushed through. I will admit that I have always had problems with brevity, and I think that’s because of the kind of reader I am. I don’t require or even like long, drawn-out descriptions and explanations, and I’m quick to axe material I feel adds nothing to the story. And back to being cautious about spoon-feeding, I like to believe that readers will take away ideas or impressions from my intended message that I had never even considered, which is awesome!

Somewhere Between Black and White is available on Amazon.com. For more information on Shelly’s writing, please see www.shellyhickman.com.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, The Chakra Energy Diet and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
www.theChakras.org

DOUBLE TAKE – PSYCHIC MYSTERY FREE ON KINDLE


Double TakeInspiration can be found in all areas of life – like when my partner, a psychic and medical intuitive, helped solve a murder mystery on the Big Island of Hawaii where we live.

Our powers of intuition and clairvoyance can be used not only to help ourselves but to serve others.

Most fiction writers use characters and striking occurrences from real life in their work, says author R.R. Harris, and he proves it in his novella, Double Take, FREE this week on Kindle.

Here’s a review of Double Take by Quantum Healer and author, Marya Mann, PhD:

“A Cowboy, Kupuna, a volcano goddess and a dolphin whisperer with mermaid hair populate this novel about travel through the rainbow paradise of Hawai’i. In Double Take, a writer journeys to the Island of Hawaii, lives like a local, absorbs everything in sight – and out of sight – solves a mystery, falls in love and regales the reader with the myth, daily rhythms and practical facts of the most magical and mysterious of islands.

“Exquisite photos of marine life, the tallest mountain in the world, delicate double rainbows and unthinkable lava sculptures shaped by red-hot magma, a Japanese tea house and rainforest orchids make you feel like you’re there, smelling the plumeria flowers and tasting the Kona coffee and local beer.

“Unlike the traditional travelogue, in this compelling novel you get the inside stories but also an experience of how much a person can grow through travel. If travel is the best form of education, travel fiction may be the best form of ‘journey literature.’ Planning a vacation to Hawai’i? Travel like a local. Buy this book and read it beforehand. Not planning a vacation? Harris’s book may be the next best thing.” ~ Marya Mann

I hope this book inspires you to learn more about your own psychic powers and intuition, as well as expand your horizons by visiting or learning more about the Big Island and the unique culture and natural wonders there.

R.R. Harris’ novella, Double Take, is FREE for download on Kindle (including 40 stunning photos of the island) from today through July 31. Learn more about his work and editing services at IndieAuthorCounsel.org.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
www.theChakras.org

Manifesting Your Inspirational Best-Seller


How to Write a Bestseller and Feel Good While Doing It

by Roger Harris

Focus on what you want in your life, not on what you don't want.

Act as if it has already happened. Focus only on the end result. For example, “I have written and published the first in a series of self-help books sharing my knowledge, and I feel (insert emotion here, such as elated, powerful, satisfied, ‘on my way’).”  Repeat this practice often, feel imbued by its exhilaration, surf the blue-green waves of happiness and send any dark-eyed doubts packing.

Be not bashful – gleefully share the news with your loved ones and tell everyone you know of what you have begun to create.

Thoughts become things. Visualize the book gracing your mother’s proud coffee table, seeing its YouTube trailer go viral, or pitching the debut novel everyone is talking about on your favorite talk show.

As the saying goes, “It is not enough to stare up the ladder, one must take the first step,” so map out a game plan of action steps to bring your goal(s) to fruition and do them. Carry a symbolic reminder such as a crystal in your purse or wallet, tape notes on your bathroom mirror or photos of what will be, and BELIEVE it can happen.

You create your own universe as you go along. ~Winston Churchill

Thanks to Roger Harris, author of Double Take, who wrote this post on IndieAuthorCounsel.org.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
www.theChakras.org

With The Transition Witness, Visionary Fiction Comes of Age


The Transition bookcoverThanks to guest interviewer and reviewer of The Transition Witness, Doryanne Wilkin, an artist and Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy practitioner.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull came into the world in 1970 as an anomaly. By the time Paulo Coehlo wrote The Alchemist in 1988, the new genre had a name: visionary fiction. And in the years since 1993, James Redfield proved it also had an audience; The Celestine Prophecy sold more than 20 million copies.

Now, a new author, Teresa Tsalaky, is helping visionary fiction come of age. She is showing that spiritual wisdom can be woven into a book that contains the best elements of literature: linguistic brio and a piercing look at the human condition.

The Transition Witness is an adventure in several worlds. There is the utopian world of the villages and the dystopian world of the dodecahedrons. There is also the interplay between the physical world and the metaphysical world beyond the veil of death. As the characters weave back and forth between these worlds, they journey toward their destinies – one to her redemption, and the other to his enlightenment.

Here, the author answers several questions about the book and her process of writing it.

Did you set out to write in the visionary fiction genre?

No. At the time, I had never even heard the term. As the story came out of my fingers and onto the page, I was a bit dismayed, because it sounded like science fiction, and that would not be my choice of a genre. But I knew it wasn’t really sci-fi. Last week, another author invited me to join the Visionary Fiction Alliance. I was so thrilled to learn that my book had a genre.

What can you tell us about the plot without spoiling it?

It’s about a woman whose job is to verify the deaths of people undergoing forced euthanasia. She’s a transition witness, and she hates herself for taking on that task. But she took the job because it would provide a way to escape the dodecahedron that covers the totalitarian society in which she lives. No one can survive outside the dodecs, because the weaponization of weather caused flash freezes and other severe weather events. But our protagonist will try, because for her, freedom is more important than life itself. Telling you what happens would spoil it, but I can say that through a series of adventures, she redeems herself and discovers her true purpose.

I heard that your writing process was a bit unusual. Tell us about it.

One morning, I offered a silent prayer, asking if any great author on the other side wanted to collaborate with me on a novel. The name Dante popped into my head. I then sat down at my iPad and wrote the first sentence that came to mind, and then the second sentence, and so on, until three chapters had finished themselves. Three months later, I wrote the last sentence, and tears came to my eyes, not because I had finished writing a novel, but because of what the main character had overcome and who she had become.

The writing has a style of its own. Was that you or Dante?

Well, first, I’m not saying that Dante wrote it. I may have simply tapped into my subconscious — that ninety percent of the brain that we rarely use. I’ve talked to other authors who use this same process. I jokingly call it “plot without thought.” As far as the use of the language goes, it’s definitely my style. As a kid, I wanted to be a poet when I grew up. Then I discovered you couldn’t make a living at that, so I went into journalism. But I’ve always woven elements of poetry into my writing, whether a hard news story, magazine article or now, this novel.

What is your favorite sentence from the book?

Of course, I like the book’s slogan: “Sometimes life begins after the last breath.” And I love the mantra that the main character uses to remember how to survive on the outside: “Wood burns. Roots nourish. Branches shelter. Leaves heal.” The very last sentence is my favorite, but I won’t spoil it. Mostly, I like the sentences that are poetic due to alliteration or meter or metaphor. Here’s one: “From far away, he must have looked like a spider’s prey, caught in a great iron web.”

Why did you publish independently?

I spent two decades in the newspaper industry, and for the last five years of it, I was the lonely voice predicting its demise. I see the exact same thing beginning to happen to traditional book publishing. Books and news will always be published, but one day, there will no longer be gatekeepers. There is now the opportunity for a very democratic process of readers choosing what’s newsworthy or what should gain best-seller status. I simply noticed that reality emerging.

Speaking of best-seller status, your book hit the top fifty in Amazon’s metaphysical fiction category two weeks after publication, and now it’s on a top-ten list. What advice do you have for other authors who want to successfully launch their independent novels?

Don’t be misled by the numbers. Getting to the top of a category does not always equate to stellar sales. But my advice would be these three things: Believe in your book. Never give up. Don’t follow the crowd; do something different. I almost got kicked off of Goodreads for doing something different, but it was worth the risk.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I can’t believe I’m saying this, because running a profitable business is what I do now, but I will keep writing even if it never pays off financially. I have to. I got that first taste of writer’s heroin, and now I’m hooked. Plus, we need to find out what happens to the character Gemini, don’t we?

The Transition Witness is available on Amazon Kindle.

 

Happy Reading!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Energy Diet, Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life
www.theChakras.org

 

 

Merry Christmas – A Gift of Healing


Balance_Your_Chakras_ebook_cover4Thank you for reading Becca’s Inspirational Book Blog.

I’d like to express my gratitude with this free holiday gift of my Kindle book – Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life, FREE today, December 24th through December 26.

You can download it from Amazon to any of your reading devices and share in the “instant Healing” technique I learned from Serge Kahili King, PhD, and applied to chakra energy. You can also go to the Amazon link and gift your friends with the Kindle book by sending it to their email address. It’s perfect for your Yoga teacher or friends.

This book covers how to relieve pain or emotional distress and strengthen your chakras for increased financial security, improved sex life, self-esteem, relationships, communications, intuition and inspiration.

Here’s what some readers have written in their Amazon reviews of the book:

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This review is from: Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life (Kindle Edition)

Ancient wisdom and modern medical research agree – stress plays a part in all illness – from high blood pressure and heart disease to chronic pain and obesity. In this book, Becca Chopra shares how to relax the body and mind enough so that our healing energy can flow freely through our chakras. I learned this “instant healing” Dynamind technique from Serge Kahili King at our yearly Hawaii Health Getaway, but find it even more effective in relieving tension and pain when coupled with chakra visualization and toning, as Becca Chopra describes.

Just like regular exercise can keep one’s body and mind toned, using the Dynamind Toners described in this book can keep your chakras and your body in balance.

The color photos are beautiful and make it easy to follow the four steps of the Dynamind Process. ~ Ann Doherty, RN, CDE

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This review is from: Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life (Kindle Edition)

I read this book and another of Becca’s, checked out her website, viewed her video that follows this book. For the first time in 2 years, I am pain free. I am more at peace. THANKS! ~ Same Orchid

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life click to get it Free for yourself or as an instant stocking stuffer for your friends!

A Novel Look at Yoga, Meditation, and Vegetarianism


Thanks to guest reviewer, Kristin Tone, an author, Yoga teacher, and educator, for providing this look inside The Swami Deheftner.

Swami book coverRobert Goldstein has written a fascinating novel about spirituality and life.  In The Swami Deheftner, he uses story to impart knowledge in an engaging and thought-provoking investigation of the making of a spiritual Master.

What hooked me was the “human-ness” of the main character’s journey. Solomon, or Sollie, has a deep longing to know himself and to fully experience all aspects of his humanity.  His courage to make choices outside the accepted mainstream encourages the reader to consider what might be available if such courage and humility are called upon.

Other themes in this book include Yoga, vegetarianism, animal intelligence, mystical transcendence, Houdini, magic, and escape from bondage. The reader need not have any previous knowledge or even interest in such subjects, as the story itself is so engaging. I was delighted to find that upon completing the book, I had learned much about subjects previously unknown to me – and a desire to find out more.

The Swami Deheftner is presented in the form of a memoir, recounted by the fictional character Solomon Deheftner.  It is comprised of short episodes that move back and forth through time, each episode a story of its own, yet woven together to create a greater whole.  As a young boy in Brooklyn, Solomon discovers a book about the legendary magician and escapologist Harry Houdini.  Inspired not just by the standard principles of magic, but by the physical and mental disciplines adopted by Houdini, young Solomon secretly studies and emulates Houdini’s process.  Sollie eventually becomes a successful stage magician capable of astounding physical exploits.  Still, something gnaws at Sollie’s soul and finally forces him to abandon a career of performance to pursue the magic of mystical transcendence through Yoga and meditation.  During his growth as a Yogi and ultimately a Yoga instructor, the spirit of Houdini, as a sort of enigmatic and flawed guru, continues to inspire Sollie, and entices him to explore Yoga’s most advanced and obscure secrets.

The Swami Solomon Deheftner masters a host of advanced and highly esoteric Yoga practices, all thoroughly researched by the author and portrayed in fascinating detail in the book.  But the truly inspiring aspect of the story, for me, was how an insular, socially reticent, emotionally challenged introvert like Sollie was ultimately able to find love, family, and happiness through the sort of spiritual illumination available to all of us through practice and compassionate living.

The story also features some interesting supporting characters, including Lilly: a Yoga teacher and vegetarian chef, Tomasuchi: a Japanese martial arts sensei, Phil: an ex-Navy Seal seeking spiritual illumination, and Sultana: a professional dominatrix who wants more in her life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe author, Robert Steven Goldstein, a Yogi living in the San Francisco Bay Area, was kind enough to answer my questions about his evocative novel:

KRISTIN: Yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism are explored extensively in your novel.  They form the foundation upon which your character, Solomon Deheftner, builds a path toward spirituality.  Are these practices a part of your personal life?

Yes, I’ve been practicing Yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism for well over forty years.  It’s still somewhat odd to hear myself talk about Yoga, meditation, and vegetarianism separately, because historically, Yoga has always encompassed meditation and vegetarianism.  But today, especially in America, Yoga is often seen as a set of exercises, detached from any spiritual, moral, or ethical core.  So, in the novel, as well as in my day-to-day conversations, I’m careful to explicitly mention all three of these critical aspects of Yoga and spirituality.

KRISTIN: What inspired you to write the book?

I have always been fascinated by connections I perceive across beliefs and behaviors that appear on the surface to have little in common.  As a boy I was exposed to Orthodox Judaism, and I also dabbled a bit in magic.  I’ve studied Yoga for decades.  I was once acquainted with a professional dominatrix, and over the years I’ve known a number of people who practiced martial arts.  If you dig a bit into each of these practices, the similarities you discover are astonishing.  I think they point to a yearning for mystical or spiritual awakening that all humans share.  It seemed to me, as a writer, that exploring these connections, via a main character who felt compelled to immerse himself in such things in a somewhat extreme fashion, would be a fascinating fodder for a novel.

KRISTIN: A number of animals appear in your novel: a dog, a cat, a rabbit, and an especially memorable parrot named Einstein.  All are fleshed out quite vividly.  Why did you choose to include animals as characters in a novel geared toward adults?

Thank you for referring to these animals as characters.  That was my goal, to paint them as full characters, with the same legitimacy and vibrancy as the human characters.  Aside from the fact that their stories and personalities are, I think, rather entertaining, there is a more important reason for their inclusion.  Yoga, when embraced as a way of life, includes certain moral and ethical precepts.  Foremost among these is “Ahimsa”, a Sanskrit term for harmlessness or behaving in a non-injurious way.  A committed Yogi endeavors not to harm other living creatures.  This idea of harmlessness is a very powerful tool in spiritual awakening.  It leads to a respect and love for animals, and the recognition that they are individuals with awareness and spiritual cores just like humans.  Vegetarianism is an obvious corollary.

KRISTIN: What do you hope readers take from your novel?

The first responsibility of a writer is to entertain, so I hope readers find the book enjoyable.  Beyond that, any sort of inspiration people may derive from the book would be immensely gratifying for me.  One reader, a man in his sixties, contacted me through my website.  He had undergone hip replacement surgery a year ago, but some of his pain and discomfort had returned.  He said that this book inspired him to try Yoga for the first time in his life.  It’s been helping him.  That sort of story is just so wonderful to hear

The Swami Deheftner is available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle editions on Amazon.com.

Guest reviewer Kristin Tone is a co-author of Breathe, a novel about Yoga, love, self-discovery, and personal growth. She graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and received an M.A. in Education from Lesley University.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

Holiday Book Shopping at a Discount on “Read Tuesday”


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Give the gift of reading this holiday season. Read Tuesday is better than Black Friday. You don’t have to wait in line. No fighting traffic. Alarms don’t need to be set for the early morning. Plus, the discounts are deeper… up to 90% off the regular book or E-book price.

I am one of hundreds of authors who will be participating in Read Tuesday, a Black Friday type of event just for book lovers on December 10th. I’m offering the Kindle version of Chakra Secrets for just $.99 (regularly $5.00), a perfect gift for anyone who is interested in yoga or inspirational reads.

How (And Why) To Give An E-Book

Electronic books are an inexpensive and easy way to read. They are less costly than printed books, often a lot less expensive, and they are convenient. Even people who do not use a dedicated e-reader like a Kindle often have reader apps installed on their tablets and smart phones. Readers worldwide are able to enjoy their books wherever they are and carry whole libraries around in their pockets or briefcases.

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 10.37.42 AMOdds are, you know someone who uses an e-reader or a reader app on a regular basis. With the holiday season approaching we’re all looking for gifts for our friends and families. Gifting e-books is quick, there’s no shipping involved, and you can do it from home without braving mall traffic. What’s more, the major e-book retailers allow e-books to be exchanged for store credit, so if you make a mistake and give a book that your recipient already has, she or he can exchange it right from the device screen.

Electronic retailers make it easy to do, too. All that you need is an account with the retailer and the recipient’s email address.

For instance, when you go to an Amazon link, for instance, the Chakra Secrets Kindle, just click on “Give as a gift” and send it to your friend’s email.

Happy reading and gifting – just go to http://readtuesday.com/book-catalog/!
Namaste,

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

P.S. If you’re an author, be sure to add your book to the catalog at http://readtuesday.com.

Breathe and Discover Your True Self


Thanks to guest blogger, Robert Steven Goldstein, for this insightful review:

Book CoverBreathe is a charming novel that deftly intermingles the genres of romance and spiritual fiction, creating a riveting tale that engages the reader powerfully on both fronts.  The novel tells the story of Alex, a young woman who believes she has married her perfect mate, but then faces the sad reality of his leaving her just six months later. Alex is thrown into a journey of self-discovery that begins with bitterness and self-pity but evolves into something much more profound.

Alex’s quest to find love is, in reality, an internal struggle to discover her true self.  Yoga becomes her portal to that adventure.  Alex’s initial encounters with Yoga, its teachers, classes, and social rituals, are set in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are portrayed with a wit and verbal precision that renders them a joy to read.  Yet these exploits remain instructive as well.  The irony that Alex’s husband left her for a statuesque Yoga instructor just adds to the richness of the story.

An especially inspiring aspect of the tale, for me, was its exploration of the relationship between delving into one’s own spirituality and living one’s day-to-day life.  It evoked, for me, the concept of synchronicity, a termed coined by psychologist C.G. Jung, to describe events that have a meaningful yet seemingly non-causal relationship.  I think of synchronicity as being to cause-and-effect what intuition is to rational decision-making.  Although “Breathe” never becomes didactic or sanctimonious, it was clear to me that Alex’s discovery of her spiritual self enabled her to interact with people and deal with life’s circumstances in a much more graceful manner.  As Alex becomes more in touch with her spirit, she somehow taps into that mysterious sensibility that enables events to go your way, often to your own surprise.

Author PhotoThis novel is co-authored by three women, under the collective pseudonym Kate Bishop.  The authors were kind enough to answer my questions about their enchanting book:

ROBERT: What inspired you to write the book?

We knew we wanted to write a romantic comedy with yoga as the backdrop. As three writers/friends, we talked often about our aspirations and creative pursuits. At some point, we realized we had a collective story to tell. We began to meet at coffee shops in the early morning and late in the evening, as we had jobs and kids that filled daytime hours. We shared observations of transformation in ourselves and our students. We shared our love stories and our heartbreaks, uncovering common threads. Breathe took shape one chapter a time, one cup of coffee at a time.

ROBERT: What do you hope readers will take away from your book?

A peaceful, fun, positive and joyful experience!

ROBERT: Your book was so beautifully written; how do three authors collaborate to create such a seamless work?

While crafting the story, each of us naturally fell into roles that were best suited to our writing styles and skills. The process was much like building a house or designing a garment. The plot or story line had to be solid before we could focus on character development, dialogue, the love story and so on. And then, of course, there was the finished work, the editing and revising, which takes ten times longer than the actual writing of the book. We flowed in and out of roles, sometimes the visionary, sometimes the grammar geek, sometimes the task–master, sometimes the muse. We maintained the utmost respect for each other and learned much about humility.

ROBERT: Did your practice of Yoga and your own spirituality influence the writing process?

The process was in essence, a culmination of what we have learned through yoga thus far. Trust, be open, quiet the ego, love and believe in abundance.

ROBERT: Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?

Helen Keller’s quote, sums it up. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.“ We hope other women will be inspired to co-create as we have.

Breathe is available in Kindle and Audio editions on Amazon.com.

Reviewer Robert Steven Goldstein is also an author and Yogi living in the San Francisco Bay area.  His novel, The Swami Deheftner, explores the themes of Yoga, spirituality, vegetarianism, animal intelligence, mystical transcendence, Houdini, magic, and escape from bondage. Read more about him at http://www.theswamideheftner.com.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

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CHAKRA HEALING SECRETS – Free Today on Kindle


Chakra Secrets Twitter coverMy life story, interwoven with the healing and balancing techniques that have kept me uplifted – emotionally, physically and spiritually, Chakra Secrets, is FREE today and tomorrow, Oct 9-10, on Amazon Kindle. I invite you to download it, give it a read, and please take a moment to say what you found interesting or helpful on Amazon reviews. Here’s what a few other readers/writers have said about it.

An Inspirational Memoir ~ R. R. Harris, editor and author of Double Take

Chakra Secrets by Becca Chopra is part memoir, part fun, part romance, part drama and pure inspiration. It’s timeless, offering a look at one woman’s path through tragedy, guilt, unhappiness and chakra imbalance, into a state of grace – happy, healthy and loved. And even better, it’s free today, October 9th through October 10th, for Kindle download to any reading device. Just go to http://amzn.to/15S76wr.

Love, sex and chakras. A great read! ~ Tom Rapsas, author of Life Tweets: Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life:

“I thought Chakra Secrets was a blast, an easy read that’s both educational and entertaining. For starters, it appears to be loosely based on the author’s (adult) life story as she moves from one relationship to another while developing an interest and prowess in the chakras. There’s love, sex, loss (the death of her wandering husband), and a foray into reincarnation–even a side story on a notorious Hollywood star and couple that are part of her life (thinly veiled, see if you can figure out who they are). While she touches on the chakras throughout, there’s also a very helpful “Part 2″ at the end of the book. It details the 7 chakras and how to tap into them, including instructions on how to cure what ails you. Highly recommended!”

Reads like a novel with a BONUS! ~ Harriette Knight, author of CHAKRA POWER! How to Fire Up Your Energy Centers to Live a Fuller Life

“Becca Chopra’s CHAKRA SECRETS is both a prequel and sequel to her wonderful CHAKRA DIARIES. What I love most about these books is that they read like a novel, and that the stories overlap. They are totally engaging and engrossing and difficult to put down. Becca’s honesty is searing. She bares her soul for all of us to see, and relate to. There is a human-ness that is shared that goes beyond author and reader. The exercises in the back of the book are a BONUS and one I have referred to over and over. I love how Becca intertwines her own journey with the teachings of yoga and the chakras. She is a gift to all of us and a voice that needs to be heard.”

I Loved This Book! ~ Marla Martenson, author of Amateur Night

“What a great read. I am a fan of memoir and I just love a true story. Becca is brutally honest in this tale of finding herself. I am also an author of memoirs and her story reminded me of myself. She went through heartbreak, confusion, adventures, and learned valuable lessons. I love her writing style, and found the book hard to put down. Becca also teaches us about chakras in the book and gives a great exercise to open them up. I am eager to try it. I have also ordered her other books. She has a new fan!”

A Mainstream Fan ~ Wendy Naarup, author of Piece by Piece

“This honest, candid story about the author’s journey to happiness introduced me to the world of yoga and chakras. I didn’t need a drop of holistic background to fall in love with the characters and empathize with their struggles, the struggles so many of us have trying to find authenticity and balance a midst the confusion and unfairness of life. The author doesn’t just share her life, she offers a path. I’m intrigued. I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like taking yoga.”

Happy reading!

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets

www.thechakras.org

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