There is a direct link between spirituality and health. According to medical studies spiritual people are less likely to smoke, do drugs, drink alcohol or engage in any other self destructive habit.
A spiritually enlightened individual even has less chance of getting depressed and committing suicide. This is mainly because spiritual learning can help people find a greater purpose in life and help them look at everyday challenges from a different point of view. This greatly reduces their stress levels and improves their quality of life.
From Confucius to Osho the world has seen a long list of spiritual leaders. Their teaching and writings have helped many people discover themselves and understand the world around them.
To help you find your inner self, here’s our top 10 list of spiritual books for real spiritual and personal growth.
1. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
This book by Deepak Chopra talks about achieving success with ease. Most of us believe that success only comes through unrelenting hard work and thus we devote our lives in the pursuit of achieving our personal goals.
The The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success gives a different take on success and how it can be achieved with ease and grace. This book let’s you in on the 7 basic principle and how it can help you achieve all your goals without getting stressed out or working like a maniac.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is practically oriented and the guidance provided can easily be understood and applied to real life.
2. The Book of Secrets
The word ‘Tantra‘ often gives rise to the feeling of mystery and is often misinterpreted by many people. However, this book by Osho demystifies this ancient science and presents in a manner that it can be applied to modern life.
The Book of Secrets talks in detail about meditation and how it can help improve self awareness and improve the daily functions of life. Each meditation and exercise is explained in detail discussing its history and effects on the mind and body. The instructions provided in the book are practical and are easy to follow and implement.
3. The Celestine Prophecy
This book by James Redfield has the power to change lives. Presented in the form of an adventure which starts in the rain forest of Peru, this book is both riveting and eyeopening.
An ancient manuscript discovered in the forest reveals 9 ancient insights of life. The story also helps you connect these insights to your everyday life. The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide can help you make a sense of what’s happening around you and help you understand what’s in store for you in the future.
Published in 1992, The Celestine Prophecy went on to become one of the most successful self published book in the history.
4. The Road Less Traveled
Written by Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, the book explores different ideas that’s drawn in from his experience in Psychiatry and his Christian ideology.
The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth is divided into three parts. The first part is about discipline and how it can help in human spiritual evolution, the second part is about love and its role in spiritual growth, and finally the last part talks about grace.
Even though some of the ideas are a bit dated, the overall book is a certainly a great spiritual read.
5. The Places That Scare You
The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics) is a no holds barred guide to not only face every difficulties in life but also to overcome them.
Author Perma Chodron is known for her direct approach towards life and thus her books are practical and uncomplicated.
The Places That Scare You talks about fear and how it inhibits us to achieve greatness in life even though we posses everything we need to succeed.
6. The Four Agreements
Featured in Oprah Magazine, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) teaches ancient Toltec principles.
This is Don Miguel Ruiz masterpiece!
The Four Agreements talks in details about the belief and inhibitions that hold us back and can prevent us from achieving the goals we set. These negative believes are also the source of depression and self loathing. Acting as light in a dark tunnel, the book sheds light on the basic codes of conduct that can help eradicate these feelings forever.
This book possesses the power to open your heart towards new experiences, love, freedom and overall happiness.
7. The Power of Now
Eckhart Tolle is certainly one of the top spiritual writers of the modern times and his book, The Power of Now has featured in the bestseller list in almost every book store spanning all across the country.
The Power of Now talks about transcending into the ‘Now’, leaving inhibitions, doubt, ego, and fear forever. In a typical Eckhart Tolle style, the book guides readers through this difficult spiritual journey using simple words and uncomplicated instructions.
This book contains all the stuff required to radically alter lives of the readers and help them step into a world of happiness, peace, and enlightened perception.
8. My Spiritual Journey
The Dalai Lama is undoubtedly one of the biggest spiritual leaders of our time.
Written by Dalai Lama himself, My Spiritual Journey is his life’s story and his understanding of the world around him.
Even though this book is not a typical spiritual guide book and contains no direct instructions, it provides an insight into eastern philosophy and spirituality.
9. The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
Happiness is the ultimate goal of human life. Most people toil for happiness for their entire lives yet has no clue on where to find. This is exactly why, this Deepak Chopra masterpiece is such a good read.
The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment prescribes 7 secret tips that can help you find joy even in the most difficult times.
Aiming at changing helping his readers, Deepak Chopra talks about happiness being the source of success and wealth and not the other way around.
10. A New Earth
Eckhart Tolle makes it twice in our list with his book A New Earth.
Eckhart talks about ending our inner conflicts, and goes into details about ego holds us back and keeps us from achieving mental peace and happiness.
A New Earth encourages and guides the readers to transcend to a higher state of mind. It also guides them on how to dispose their ego based consciousness which result in jealousy, anger, and overall unhappiness.
What Spirituality books have changed your life? Which ones deserve to be in this collection? Leave your recommendations in the comment section below.
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I thought you have included Autobiography of Yogi. Though its a wonderful list of books for a journey within…