Posts filed under ‘Audiobooks’

Human Potential Classic – Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale

My Aunt JoAnne gave me this human potential movement classic, Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale, in cassette tape form more than a decade ago.  I used to listen to it on my Walkman as I exercised around my neighborhood.  It was the beginning of my journey into self-improvement.

Not only is the message delivered delicious and inspiring… the voice dispensing this wisdom is equally warm and comforting (think James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman).  I listen to Earl Nightingale’s baritone resonance and I’m instantly at ease like a young child having her grandfather reading her favorite bedtime story.

Since I no longer own a Walkman or cassette player of any kind and I have no idea where the cassettes are… I decided it was time to restock.  At first all I could find were cds $20 or more, but then I found this mp3 download for only $5.99!!!  What a steal!?!!   This is 4 hours of fabulous advice on how to improve your life colored with memorable stories and examples, all dictated by a voice that could melt butter!  I promise you, this is the best $6 you’ll ever spend.

If you don’t believe me, try this FREE download first…

Mark Victor Hanson, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, is so kind to provide a free download of The Strangest Secret, and hour long recording of Earl Nightingale’s ‘top hits’.  It’s basically a 1940s version of the Law of Attraction, but so lovely to hear it again from such a practical angle.

I love both of these recordings and listen to them regularly.  Enjoy!

And let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear success stories of things you accomplish after listening to these two classics!

January 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

BLISSfix LOVES Lynn Twist

A year and a half ago, I wrote about Lynn Twist’s book The Soul of Money after picking it up for the very first time. Tonight after many re-reads, I am listening to the abridged audiobook version. I enjoyed her meditation in the final 30 minutes of the recording that focuses on Great Fullness (gratefulness).

At this moment I’m finding myself in an internal tug of war that pulls between the idea of the world I want to live in, and the world as I see it now. I would like to live in a world where energy healing is the primary solution to any physical ailment, yet in the world I see around me my good friend who has been a Reiki Master for 15 years is suffering from diabetes and loosing parts of his body. I want to live in a world of sustainable communal support and giving, but after hosting two people and two kids in my home for two months, I question whether that is possible on any scale. I want to live in a world of harmony with plants, animals and people, but watch any nature show and it is clear that we do live in a panther eat gazelle world. It does seem in this world of duality, for harmony to exist, its opposite, discord, must exist, as well.

I have danced between the feelings of “not enough” and “more than enough” a lot the last few months. Almost enough to question whether or not I’m suffering from a personality disorder. At times it felt so good to share our space and our abundance with our house guests, and at times I felt burdened, frustrated and scared. I was being challenged to live my ideals and something about it was challenging the core of everything I believe.

To end this battle, I remember I have been taught in the law of attraction, that life is not about finding one right way of living for everyone to conform to, but about deciding my own preferences and moving toward what I want and away from what I don’t want. I want harmony, sufficiency, sustainability, great fullness, wellness, ease, grace, hope, peace. Perhaps that’s not what others have chosen, but I want the best of the best experiences on this planet. I realize I draw them to me through recognizing they are already here… and while at this moment that feels challenging, something about Lynn Twist’s audiobook helped me feel peace on the subject. That perhaps the zero point field lies in sufficiency and enoughness… that perfect balance between the two poles I have been dancing between. Tonight I will rest there.

January 3, 2011 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

BLISSfix loves “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

5113EKMQHKL._SS500_Yesterday, as Sean and I took in some of the most beautiful scenery on highway 40 winding through Colorado, we listened to the Unabridged Audiobook of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, read by Peter Coyote.  As usual the words were exactly what I was wanting and needing to hear.  I had been entreating God/the Universe to help me recommit to all that I had learned and resonated with in the book “NonViolent Communication” by Marshal Rosenburg and here came this book completely in alignment with all the NVC teachings.  The book contains wisdom from biblical references as well as ancient Toltec (Native American) traditions.  Below I state the agreements I have made with myself based on the four in the book.

Agreement 1. Be Impeccable with My Word. I commit to speak with integrity, being careful to use my word only for the upliftment of myself and others through truth and love.

Agreement 2.  Be Immune to the Opinions and Actions of Others. (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I choose to speak in positives) I acknowledge that the words and actions of others are from their perception of reality and have nothing to do with me as an individual.  I allow them their opinion and process and compassionately related to their human needs.  I powerfully select what I choose to believe for myself even when others are expressing beliefs I would prefer to release.  I am in control of what I choose to believe.

Agreement 3.  Ask Compassionate Questions and Compassionately Speak my Truth. (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I choose to speak in positives) I honor my intuition and at the same time I seek total understanding of others needs through asking compassionate questions.  I honor myself by asking myself compassionate questions about my true feelings, needs and desires.  Once I am clear on my needs and wants, I confidently, consciously and compassionately express my truth and make requests to get my needs met.

Agreement 4.  I always do my Best! (This one I have altered slightly from the version of the book because I wanted to claim it for myself) My best is different in any given moment… for instance, my best when I’m just coming off a spiritual retreat compared to my best after a long day of challenging work will be different.  I accept myself at all times and at all stages and simply commit to doing my best at any given moment.  If I catch myself ‘shaming’ myself for not being better, I will stop, and simply remind myself that under the circumstances, that was my best, and in this consciousness, I have the ability to change now and start anew.  I embrace myself reminding myself that it is ok to make mistakes and it is joyful to consciously overcome them.

I’m so grateful for having found this book.  I bought it many years ago and accidentally listened to a brief excerpt while working out the other morning.  I knew immediately that it resonated now more than ever before and the timing of rediscovering it was perfect.   Enjoy the following links and a video that contains images similar to the ones we witnessed yesterday while driving and words from the book.

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July 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm 1 comment

BLISSfix Recommends the AudioBook “Healing Your Appetite, Healing Your Life” By Doreen Virtue

Healing Your Appetite by Doreen Virtue

Healing Your Appetite by Doreen Virtue

I just recently listened to this audiobook for the third time.  The first two times I apparently wasn’t ready to hear what she had to say, but this last listen, she said everything I’d been thinking.

She touched on the causes of serotonin depletion and that it is a natural reaction to self medicate through carbohydrates and dairy to make up for the missing neurotransmitter.  Visions of grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese from two weeks ago at the height of my stress danced through my head!

She suggests stress reduction, exercise, sunlight, and high quality sleep to increase the serotonin production.  These are all things I’ve heard of a million times, but I find hearing it in a new way is always helpful… to know that a chemical reaction is taking place in my brain and I have to make choices that support brain health in order to experience happiness in my life gives me more will to change.

She goes on to explain the 4 emotional causes of stress and serotonin depleation, and then ultimately weigh gain… Fear, Anger, Tension, and Shame or FATS.  As she goes through each of these, I learned ways to support myself through the expereince of any of these things by turning to Spirit/God instead of turning to food, alcohol, complaining or anything else that may place a bandaid on my problem, but not ultimately solve it.  I love that she sums it up with the affirmation of “I Forgive, Accept, Trust my Self,” which again spells the acronym FATS.

How perfect that the solution to the problem is within the problem itself?  It reminds me of how so many things I go through are for me to learn something… and I move through the experience as quickly as I am open to witness the lessons and learn them.

I highly recommend listening to this short, 1hr talk that will give you a deeper undestanding to why we react the way we do, and teach you practical ways to overcome it immediately.  ENJOY!

December 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm Leave a comment