From my library to yours,
Whether casual and informal or formal and purposeful, meaningful conversations matter. They connect us to one another, to ourselves and to the mysteries of life, to that which wants to be known and is bigger than any of us alone. Even as we read or discuss what we’re learning from a book or an article, we are engaging in a contemplative act, a thoughtful dialog, at the very least, with ourselves and the authors.
Noticing what’s resonating within us and sharing highlights from these experiences can be a low-cost, moving and simple way to begin and sustain important conversations about topics that matter to you, with people who matter to you. I invite you to let your relationship with these books (and the other resources offered here) point you to your true self, your interior life, inner yearnings and growth edges.
A collection of stories and narratives organized by Dori's
5 Guiding Principles
The books I’ve chosen to list here are among many favorites. Their authors are as committed as I am to encouraging meaningful conversations, healthy relationships, learning and growth. I have organized them into categories that have meaning for me – my five, guiding principles for life. Whether you access what’s here or other resources of your own, keep learning and allow yourself to be expanded, impacted and surprised by what emerges and wants your attention. Paying attention to what moves you is an advanced self-leadership skill.
Put Relationships First – beginning with the one with yourself, the Divine within and around you, and others (aka, The Conversation is the Relationship – Know Thyself)
Keep the Lines of Communication Open (& Get Good at it) – know and develop a relationship with all of your parts and emotions; develop emotional literacy and bring this to everyone you lead, live with, care about and love (aka, The Process is the Action).
Make Love the Most Important Thing – make love more important than you fears, doubts and concerns; learn how to begin in love and why it matters, personally, professionally, practically and spiritually (aka, Love Your Life, No Matter What Life Brings – A Shift In Perspective Is A Miracle)
Make Meaning Regularly & Often – through contemplation, reflection and compassionate inquiry, we can experience true intimacy and grow by opening to the mysteries and wisdom within and around us; understanding and clarity emerge from there (aka, Activate Your Inner & Outer Observer – Nurture This Place Within Where Transformation, Empathy & Compassion Are Born).
Create A Purposeful Life (Career, Health, Relationships, Spirituality) – make space to know and honor that which wants to live and be expressed through you (aka, Ask, To What is My Life Consecrated? Align & Integrate Awareness).
I’d love to hear about what you’re learning, what’s resonating for you and how it’s changed who you’re being, how you’re relating, what you’re doing and how you’re doing what you’re doing. You can reach me here, or via LinkedIn, at my Whole Person | Whole Power™ Instagram or in my Whole Person | Whole Power™ Facebook group.
Helpful websites and other recommendations
Personal Growth, Professional Development, Spiritual Evolution
Hire a coach, create an accountability partnership and/or join a sacred circle (personal and/or professional) to help you to grow and make the changes you envision for your life, personally and professionally.
Become the Role Model You Always Wanted
Find a mentor and ask to be in this partnership for at least six months or, ideally, one year. Define your shared intentions, how you will both be served by the partnership, and the actions, agreements and accountability processes you intend to follow.
Healing, Recovery, Crisis Management
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline – Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Support Groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous – aa.org
If you’ve found other resources that you’d like to share, please do so. I welcome your input too. Enjoy!