The bookshelf in my office used to hold books by Stephen King, James Patterson, and also books about true crime. There were two encyclopedias, one vintage and one just plain old. For a time, there were both contemporary adult fiction books and a vintage book called “How to Attain and Practice…the Ideal Sex Life” from 1940. There was a book of essays written by James Beard alongside a White House Cookbook from 1916. Most of those books are still around, but they are no longer located in my office. They have been moved to other areas of my home. They tell the story of my past.
The books that are in my office today are quite different and better tell the story of my present life. Firstly, they are far more colorful than the beautiful, yellow-paged vintage books with stern colors on their covers. Secondly, the topics are very different than the books I used to keep on that shelf.
I now have multiple books about meditation from the teacher training I took online in 2021. There are a few books about Rumi and his teachings. The “Bhagavad Gita” and “The Radiance Sutras” stand next to “Real Change” and “Radical Compassion”. There are books about astrology, tarot, and numerology. Of course, there are books about crystals, herbs, and moon cycles. One of my favorite books that I return to over and over is “Wheels of Life” by Anodea Judith, PHD.
It's not just the books, but also the shift in genre, that tell the story of my life and my spiritual awakening. They show what I put my energy towards and what I value, then and now. There is no judgment of the subjects or genre, it’s just an observation of my evolution and the recognition of the changes in my life.
Recently, my spirit guides invited me to reflect on how far I’ve come on this spiritual journey. I was guided to this reflection, and it was effective. The contents of the bookshelf in my office are evidence of my evolution, of my spiritual growth. This is my life, my beautiful spiritual life. The genre and titles on my shelf reflect my head and my heart. They tell the story of me.
In my past, I was a person that pushed forward and never looked back. I now better understand the importance of looking back to gauge progress and acknowledge growth. Do not pass up the opportunity to reflect on how far you’ve come. It will help you gain a deeper perspective on where you are now and how far you’ve come.