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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.

Win at Life with a Happy Mood, Positive Attitude and Good Relationships


Win No Matter WhatWin No Matter What: A Guide to Hyping Up Your Life by Nihar Suthar is a gem of wisdom compiled by a college student! Nihar Suthar offers sound advice for happiness and joy in life in this short, entertaining read. He wrote this book to demonstrate how awesome every day can be for each one of us, regardless of what he calls the terrible trio (mood, attitude and other people).

Suthar provides quotes and anecdotes showing how to adjust your mood, attitude and perception of others so that nothing can bring you down. For instance, he recommends “faking” a good mood – smiling and maintaining a strong posture until it becomes a habit. A fan of Paulo Coelho, I love this quote he includes from him: “You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”

He also suggests greeting and talking to as many people as you can each day… creating a better mood for you and the people you talk to. Other tried and true measures he suggests are thinking about what you are grateful for as you wake up each morning, and actively choosing to focus on what will brighten your mood.

Once you’ve made it a habit of being in a good mood, Suthar recommends changing your attitude to change your life… He recommends figuring out “why” you are doing something before you act, because it will help you achieve your goals. He writes that attitude can also be improved by actively seeking fun – making your day into a game, thinking positively, and living it up – taking advantage of all opportunities offered. He also recommends visualizing your perfect future and adjusting your attitude to get you there.

The third concept Suthar covers is changing your perception of others to change your future. For instance, focus on others’ positive qualities, put others before yourself, stay united with your family, and respect others.

Following Suthar’s advice, you can choose a more limitless path for your life, following your dreams. None of what he suggests is new, but age-old wisdom compiled in a very readable, entertaining way by this young motivator.

NiharNihar Suthar, in addition to his college work, is the founder of Hype Up Your Day, a company that designs packages for business motivation and productivity, and simultaneously provides inspiration to people around the world. He is also donating most book sale profits to Acumen, a charity investing in solutions to global poverty.

Here he answers my questions about his writing:

Q. What is the underlying message of your book?

A: My book is made up of several powerful inspirational stories with tips on how to improve your daily mood, attitude, and the perception of others. It is straight to the point, and meant to be like a guide on everyday living.

Q. What inspired you to write the book?

A. As a freshman college student in New York City last year, I often rode the subways in order to get around Manhattan. Usually, I thought nothing of the subway system. One day though, I was in such a good mood that I had to socialize with someone. I tried talking to lady on my subway car, but she just stared at me blankly. She looked like she was bored and also pretty stressed out with her day. That moment got me thinking about humans, and how we often do not live to the fullest or notice all the bright life around us because we think we have insufficient time, are preoccupied, or even tired. I wanted to help as many people as possible, so I decided to write a book from there!

Q. What do you hope readers will take away from your book? What changes do you hope they’ll make?

A. I hope readers will simply implement a few of the important strategies in my book into their everyday lives to be happier and live better. The biggest changes I hope they make are: Finding the reason behind why they are doing something first, finding 1 or 2 positive things out of every event that occurs, and putting others before themselves.

Q. Where do you find your inspiration to write?

A. I find the inspiration to write from my family and friends – they know that I enjoy writing and always support me. I also get inspiration from the people I interview for the motivational anecdotes in my book. Their stories are often so amazing that it really makes you think. I just love writing inspirational books!

Q. Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?

A. Definitely share your inspiration with as many people as possible and follow your dreams! We all give inspiration to one another, and we can all accomplish whatever we dream.
🙂
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, and Balance Your Chakra – Balance Your Life

Paulo Coelho Offers More Life Lessons


Screen shot 2013-05-28 at 8.13.46 AMPaulo Coelho’s latest book, Manuscript Found in Accra, is a gem like all his others. Inventive as always, Coelho tells his tale as a transcription of a manuscript written in Arabic, Hebrew and Latin, discovered by an English archaeologist in 1974. The document’s origin was traced to Accra, a city on the southern coast of Ghana.

The life lessons of this 192 page-turner by Coelho are immense, masterfully crafted, threaded, woven, brought to life, nourished and laid at our feet for our choosing. Not just lightning in a bottle but wisdom we already know – if we listen to ourselves, if we pay attention to the world, if we care what happens and dare to make a difference first in our own lives and thus in the collective consciousness of the Universe.

We learn those who never lost a battle, avoided scars and taking action, those who eschewed the powerful emotions of humiliation, loneliness, uselessness and despair, also missed the open arms of love and plenitude of beauty that crossed their paths. The manuscript warns that by wasting energy to forego adventure and to shun change, we will likely squander our blessings of love and be quickly and quietly killed by routine in the dead of night… and no one will mourn our passing.

The old storyteller reminds us that no one can go back but everyone can go forward and so our imperative is to scatter our seed wherever we go because we know not which seeds “will grow and flourish and enlighten the next generation.”

A delightful book… Buy it, download it, borrow it, somehow get your hands on it and read it again and again as I have.

A personal note – I wrote Chakra Secrets before reading Coelho Aleph, and was struck by the theme of past lives which ran through both stories. Now, I’m amazed that his latest book echoes some of the themes from my upcoming book, Chakra Secrets: On Mothering.

Has Paulo Coelho also inspired you? Let me know which of his is YOUR favorite book.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

Crafting the Life of your Dreams


The Skills of PleasureIn The Skills of Pleasure, Stewart Blackburn reminds us that life is a Great Adventure and teaches us how to fully jump on board. He helps us explore who we are by exploring our greatest pleasures: what makes us excited, happy and joyful.

First, the author helps us “Lay the Foundation for Pleasure” by explaining what may be holding us back. Then, he teaches us seven skills, from Awareness, Permission and Savoring, to Developing a Pleasure Strategy.

In each chapter, Stewart offers wonderful exercises and meditations that help lead you to who you are, and show you what brings you joy and what doesn’t. For instance, he takes you on a guided visualization into your inner garden, a meditation you can use over and over again whenever you want your outer life to match your inner desires.

The result? You learn to keep the focus on where the pleasure is, an unerring way to lead you to what you really want in life, and the recipe for bliss.

Stewart Blackburn is currently finishing up a Doctoral Degree in Consciousness Studies, and uses pleasure as his primary healing tool, having helped hundreds of people with his teachings. He credits three primary influences on his practice: Tantra, Shamanism, and Chocolate. He teaches classes in Huna, a form of Hawaiian shamanism, and other courses related to pleasure and self-empowerment. The Pleasure Journal is a free monthly newsletter he offers at www.stewartblackburn.com.

Here, Stewart answers my questions about his writing…

1) What is the underlying message of your book? A) that our own happiness is not something to be found, but something that we can create, b) that by paying attention to our pleasures, of all kinds, and practicing the skills involved with pleasure, we can develop increasing levels of life mastery, and c) that it really isn’t that hard to become gloriously happy if we understand the nature and power of pleasure.

2) What inspired you to write the book? Once I started to become aware of the incredible power of the mind, I kept noticing that most of the people I encountered were not only not happy, but they were unhappy primarily because they didn’t understand how they were making themselves miserable. I was motivated to dig deeper and see what I could possibly do to change that. Developing and teaching The Skills of Pleasure is my way of contributing to the well-being of the world.

3) What do you hope readers will take away from your book? A profound sense of empowerment, that they now have effective tools and skills to use for increasing their own levels of joy and pleasure.

4) Where do you find your inspiration?  I play in my garden because it brings me great joy. I connect with people, both friends and strangers, because it’s fun. I meditate for the sheer pleasure of it. And I cook and eat great food because the sensuous creativity is both delicious and sacred.

5)  Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share? I am reminded of one of the things that Sir Francis Chichester said after becoming the first person to sail single-handedly around the world along the Clipper Route when asked why he did it.”One does these things because one has a certain nature. One cannot get away from fate. If a person does not fulfill his nature, he will lead a frustrated life and be unhappy. If it involves him in fear, he will just have to put up with it.”

I feel that writing inspirational works is an important expression of who I am, and that for all of us just by being who we are, without reservation or timidity, is the real inspiration we have to offer.

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

www.thechakras.org

Learn The Skills of Pleasure


The Skills of PleasureIn The Skills of Pleasure, Stewart Blackburn reminds us that life is a Great Adventure and teaches us how to fully jump on board. He helps us explore who we are by exploring our greatest pleasures: what makes us excited, happy and joyful.

First, the author helps us “Lay the Foundation for Pleasure” by explaining what may be holding us back. Then, he teaches us seven skills, from Awareness, Permission and Savoring, to Developing a Pleasure Strategy.

In each chapter, Stewart offers wonderful exercises and meditations that help lead you to who you are, and show you what brings you joy and what doesn’t. For instance, he takes you on a guided visualization into your inner garden, a meditation you can use over and over again whenever you want your outer life to match your inner desires.

The result? You learn to keep the focus on where the pleasure is, an unerring way to lead you to what you really want in life, and the recipe for bliss.

StewartStewart Blackburn is currently finishing up a Doctoral Degree in Consciousness Studies, and uses pleasure as his primary healing tool, having helped hundreds of people with his teachings. He credits three primary influences on his practice: Tantra, Shamanism, and Chocolate. He teaches classes in Huna, a form of Hawaiian shamanism, and other courses related to pleasure and self-empowerment. The Pleasure Journal is a free monthly newsletter he offers at www.stewartblackburn.com.

Here, Stewart answers my questions about his writing…

1) What is the underlying message of your book? A) that our own happiness is not something to be found, but something that we can create, b) that by paying attention to our pleasures, of all kinds, and practicing the skills involved with pleasure, we can develop increasing levels of life mastery, and c) that it really isn’t that hard to become gloriously happy if we understand the nature and power of pleasure.

2) What inspired you to write the book? Once I started to become aware of the incredible power of the mind, I kept noticing that most of the people I encountered were not only not happy, but they were unhappy primarily because they didn’t understand how they were making themselves miserable. I was motivated to dig deeper and see what I could possibly do to change that. Developing and teaching The Skills of Pleasure is my way of contributing to the well-being of the world.

3) What do you hope readers will take away from your book? A profound sense of empowerment, that they now have effective tools and skills to use for increasing their own levels of joy and pleasure.

4) Where do you find your inspiration?  I play in my garden because it brings me great joy. I connect with people, both friends and strangers, because it’s fun. I meditate for the sheer pleasure of it. And I cook and eat great food because the sensuous creativity is both delicious and sacred.

5)  Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share? I am reminded of one of the things that Sir Francis Chichester said after becoming the first person to sail single-handedly around the world along the Clipper Route when asked why he did it.”One does these things because one has a certain nature. One cannot get away from fate. If a person does not fulfill his nature, he will lead a frustrated life and be unhappy. If it involves him in fear, he will just have to put up with it.”

I feel that writing inspirational works is an important expression of who I am, and that for all of us just by being who we are, without reservation or timidity, is the real inspiration we have to offer.

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

www.thechakras.org

Love is the Answer


The Word is LoveThe Word Is Love by Allyson Clayton is a beautifully written memoir in which the author turns life’s tragedies into a wake-up call to see every moment as a gift, and to start a love affair with life, herself and what makes her happy. Lucky for us readers, this includes writing. It’s not easy to get a diagnosis of lupus, experience the pain associated with it and with fibromyalgia, to lose one’s self-esteem when it is based on a beautiful exterior and career success. But it’s not easy even for those without a disabling illness to feel self-acceptance and self-love. That Allyson achieves that and offers us her wise guidance is truly a gift we should gratefully accept. Oh yes, the author also covers the healing power of gratitude and forgiveness, all an expression of LOVE.

Losing her father, Allyson realized that “We have a finite amount of time to make our dent in the universe.” With this book, she has definitely made a dent in helping us all realize that every moment counts, and inspires all her readers to move beyond fear and reach for their dreams.

When talking of her journey, Allyson is exceptionally eloquent when she realizes she still has the chance to make a difference in the world. “As long as there is breath in you, never stop breathing. Never stop hoping. Never stop wishing.” What more can I say, but buy this book and live its message.

AllysonAfter nearly fifteen years living with autoimmune disease, a decade in the corporate world and enduring the loss of a parent, an assessment of her life led Allyson Clayton to her dream career: writing. With the loving support of her family behind her, she left her job, focused aggressively on her health, and began to write about her struggles and experiences. The beginning of this journey quickly gave her a sense of purpose, a belief in what is possible, and a realization of what is important. To connect with Allyson, and for an extension of her work, visit www.loveyourdash.com.

Here, Allyson answers the following five questions:

1. What is the underlying message of your book? 

With the right perspective, the things that challenge us — illness, fear, unhealthy relationships, grief, career uncertainty, pain, disappointment — can deliver us to a place of love, peace, acceptance and gratitude. They can put us on the path to realizing our greatest dreams and the life we imagine. We just need to love ourselves, be open to the lessons and trust the journey. 

2. What inspired you to write the book? 

I had a passion for writing at a very early age, and that passion never left me. I dreamed of writing books, but as I got older my confidence was shaken. I didn’t think I had anything important to say.  My father’s death changed everything. At that point I had been living with compromised health, lupus specifically, for twelve years.  Those two things together served as my catalyst. I didn’t want to spend another moment feeling broken, and sharing my story was the answer. 

3. What do you hope readers take away from your book? 

If we have meaning in our lives, it will get us through those challenging, scary, unhappy times. What is meaningful? It can be your family, a cause you believe in and fight for, finally pursuing your dream vocation, or making time for the activities you enjoy. Meaning cultivates that sense of love and purpose we all deserve. Meaning brings us closer to knowing our worth. And meaning ultimately brings us closer to the things in this life that matter.

4. Where do you find inspiration? 

When I am feeling particularly lost or challenged, I turn to nature. That is where I feel love from God. I carefully study a flower or a tree, an ocean wave or a handful of sand as it slips through my fingers; things so wondrous that they cannot be created by human hands but instead by something so much bigger than us. I then know, absolutely, that I am here for a reason and I have something to offer this world.

5. Any advice to others who feel they have inspiration to share?  

What I want everyone to know is this: don’t think for a second that you don’t have something important to say. You are a unique, worthy and beautiful child of the universe; your challenges, your triumphs, everything about you has the potential to inspire. There are countless people out there just waiting to be graced by the wisdom of your experiences. Aim for truth.  You will never fail.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

 

 

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST ABUSE


Living on Three Spoons book coverHow do you keep your spirit alive when your environment is inbred with drug addiction and abuse? Susan Torres grips the readers in her beautifully and entertainingly written memoir, Living on Three Spoons, a tale of growing up in the most dysfunctional household possible, while holding on to her “true self.” The life lessons she learned to survive and thrive are ones we can all benefit from – standing up for what you believe to be good and true in your heart, and that the only way to truly fulfill the need for love is by loving ourselves.

Yes, Susan made some of the same mistakes as her mother – her first husband a drug addict, her second husband violent and controlling – until she disengaged from being one of those “dysfunctional women whose family histories creeps into the present, replaying their childhood experiences.” When her mother lay dying from AIDS, Susan forgave her and ceased the years of judging and condemning her. This gave her the freedom to live her own life, on her own terms, without hatred or regret. “Somehow I stumbled upon a healing process for myself,” writes Susan, “I learned to accept (my mother’s) failed life and understood clearly that I was separate from her, completely separate.”

Susan’s acceptance that life was and always would be imperfect – imperfect people living in an imperfect world – allowed her to forgive and to grow emotionally into the kind of mother for her own four children that she had always wanted. Taking this journey with the author leaves you truly believing that no matter how many times you are knocked down, you can keep getting back up and succeeding.

Susan TorresAuthor Susan Torres is a native New Yorker who currently teaches high school English near her home in the suburbs of New Jersey. An article written about her in the New York Times in 2007, “Single Mother – Creator of Miracles,” prompted her to author this book.

Here, Susan Torres answers my questions about writing and inspiring others:

Q. What is the underlying message of your book?

Susan: Life is about choices. So choose, and be a change agent in your own life.

Q. What inspired you to write your memoir?

Susan: I was inspired by my single parenting struggles. By examining my life through writing I learned that I could reach a higher ground with more emotional power for the next round. I wanted my children to know my travels through life with all of its man-made mistakes. I recognized that I failed as much as I succeeded. And at the end of the day, I was inspired by my own life events.

Q. What do you hope readers will take away from your story?

Susan: People ought to grant themselves a great life and reinvent, if necessary, when life falls apart at the seams.

Q. Where do you find your inspiration?

Susan: People inspire me. From the new people that I meet, to people that I read about, to my good friends, and of course, my children. Not a day goes by that someone hasn’t inspired me.

Q. What is the best thing anyone has said about your book?

Susan: “Not only does it reveal in all their gritty detail the kind of terribly disadvantaged beginnings that some people can have, but it also shows that faith, courage, and a little bit of pragmatic intelligence can go an incredibly long way in helping one to rise well above them.”

The above quote about my story insinuates that people are capable of climbing out of a ditch, one shovel at a time, if they believe they can.

Q. Any advice for others who feel they have inspiration to share?

Susan: Your life experiences are valuable, so offer your stories, the ones you are most proud of and those you would rather keep under cover.

Susan Torres is available for select readings and lectures, and can be reached at storres.lots@gmail.com, or see www.livingonthreespoons.com.

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

www.thechakras.org

42 LIFE LESSONS


Instead of an inspirational book, today I’m going to share an inspirational column written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, a daily newspaper in Cleveland. In it she shares the 42 lessons life has taught her. She says it is the most requested column she’s ever written.

Screen shot 2013-01-07 at 10.17.12 AM1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many
ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one
else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for
an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will
this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

She recommends forwarding this to your friends and loved ones.

Namaste!

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

www.thechakras.org

From Fear to Faith


How to MoveScreen shot 2012-12-06 at 11.14.43 AM from Fear to Faith is a Free Ebook, compiled by Janice Davies, author of The Success Attitude. It is available for download at http://thesuccessattitude.info/.

In the book, you’ll be inspired to reach for the stars, live your dreams, achieve your goals, create success and love your life. Contributors to the free Ebook include Kerry O’Brien – Physic Medium, Gregory Downey – Change Agent, Michelle MacLean – Personal/Professional Coach, Dr. Joe Rubino – Self Esteem Expert, Pat Armistead – Joyologist, Tom O’Neil – Achievement Expert, and many others including yours truly.

On my page, I include the following tips to move from fear to faith:
1. Think positively, using affirmations and visualizations whenever needed, to focus on what you want, rather than on what you don’t want.

2. Fight the stress of modern living through deep breathing and, better yet, yoga and meditation.

If you want to put some of my suggestions into practice right away, download my free Chakra Meditations, to help you balance and tone your chakra energies, and feel ready to take on the world.

Love and light,

Becca Chopra

www.thechakras.org

Wake Up and Be the Best You Can Be


Author Wendy Naarup experienced a tragic assault as a teenager that turned her into a “people pleaser” and kept her from an authentic life, until she learned to embrace the whole – both good and bad – in order to be great, really great.

In her memoir, WAKE UP! TRAVELING FROM GOOD ENOUGH TO GREAT, Wendy shares how it’s the challenges in life that make it meaningful. And she offers great advice on taking care of your SELF, forgiving yourself as well as others, and following three golden rules that she learned from her parents, and uses to be the best parent she can be: 1) Treat everyone with respect, 2) Do your best, and 3) Do the right thing, just because it’s the right thing to do.

Training and succeeding in being a triathlete helped Wendy build her self-esteem and take back the driver’s seat in her life. “Life is full of joy when you’re in charge of the journey,” she writes. She began to to look at life as a gift and knew it was her responsibility to take care of that gift.

In this book, she gifts the reader with many empowering messages to help guide them in believing in themselves, surrounding themselves with the right kind of friends, and most of all, appreciating the gift of their own unique life. We are supposed to live GREAT lives, with both passion and humility, writes the author and she shows us – through her own unique journey – how to accomplish this.

Wendy Naarup is a motivational speaker, an Ironman age group champion, an author and a survivor. In addition to her memoir, WAKE UP! TRAVELING FROM GOOD ENOUGH TO GREAT, she is excited to have a YA novel that addresses teen bullying and suicide scheduled for release in December. I asked her a few questions about her memoir and writing process.
BECCA: What is the underlying message of your memoir?

The underlying message of my book is that we are not defined by the events of our lives, we are defined by how we handle those events. Life isn’t always fair but the unfairness can ultimately make us better, stronger, happier people. You are too important to pass through this life as an average version of yourself…be great.

BECCA: What inspired you to write?

My friends inspired me to write the story.  So many of them fell into the habit of “good enough.” It’s easy to stay the course, especially when what you have is better than what so many people have. We’re taught to feel grateful, to settle. Too much potential is lost when we fall into that mindset. I lived that mistake for a long time. I wanted to wake people up to the idea that their life is worth more than that.

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

Happiness comes from inside you, from loving the gift of your own unique life.  You will be happy when you find joy in the process of living and you find that when the way you live is authentic, when you’re centered.

BECCA: Where do you find your inspiration?

I find it in reflection, in quiet. I don’t really meditate but I spend time running and hiking in the woods. I pay attention to the trees, love the trees and I feel so much out there. I’m humbled by the enormity of life and by how little I know.  I loved your book because it piqued my interest in “energy,” something I sense but really don’t understand.

BECCA: What is the best thing anyone has said about your book?

I love this question. There are so many people living in compromised situations because of how little value they place on their worth. A woman took me to lunch after reading my book and we cried together as she shared her story of abuse. She was able to move forward after that and is doing great. I didn’t need another person to ever read the book…she made it worthwhile.

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

If you have a story and a little patience, I highly recommend writing. Even if you never publish, the process is healing and educational. The end-result will be your unique voice and may very well change the life of someone who needs that exact perspective. What have you got to lose?

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets

www.thechakras.org

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