We all go through rough patches. Whether it's a painful breakup, feelings of low self-worth, or just being caught in a rut with no escape, at times life can truly break our spirit. Thankfully, there are some great books out there that have helped many people overcome these negative emotions and turn their lives around. We've handpicked a few books that can help you with some soul-searching and enable you to live a more spiritual, contented, and happy life.
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor and a stoic philosopher who reigned from 161 to 180 AD. Meditations is a collection of his spiritual reflections written in the form of a personal diary for his own guidance, consolation, and self-improvement. Centuries later, his ruminations have been translated and converted into a book, becoming one of the best works of stoic philosophy and a treasure-trove of profound wisdom.
Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese philosopher, politician, and a famous sage. His philosophy encompassed morality, ethics, social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity. The Analects is a collection of aphorisms that distills the essence of his teachings, compiled after his death. This is a book overflowing with incredible insights and perennial wisdom and is a must-read for anyone serious about living life well.
De Mello was a Jesuit priest, spiritual teacher, and writer who grew up in India. Awareness is his popular book on spirituality which beautiful bridges Western and Eastern spiritual thought. De Mello had an intimate familiarity with both traditions and combines Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu meditation and various psychological insights in this eye-opening book.
Deepak Chopra is the bestselling author of numerous books and audio programs that cover every aspect of mind, body, and spirit. His ground-breaking book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is a powerful guide to fulfilling your dreams and living a happier life. Filled with common sense wisdom and practical advice, the book blends philosophy, spirituality, and pragmatism and contains all the secrets of attaining success and contentment.
Based on talks Pema Chodron gave between 1987 and 1994, this book is a collection of simplified practical advice to cope with pain, ego, and loss. Chodron breaks down Buddhist philosophy, making it accessible for the layman and shows us how to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage so that we can overcome fear, sorrow, and loneliness.
Tara Brach is a psychologist and a teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening. In her powerful, transformative book Radical Acceptance, she teaches us how to trust our innate goodness and be compassionate towards ourselves so that we can allow ourselves to heal, embracing genuine change and developing authentic relationships.