Alimento para a Alma       Sugestões de livros e filmes que nos

 

inspiram e ajudam a nos conectarmos com nossa alma e com o Amor.  

Developing Intuition, by Shakti Gawain

We have all heard about intuition, but how can we distinguish intuition from our other inner voices? How can we start practicing listening to our intuition? In this short and easy reading, Shakti invites her readers to practice a few daily exercises that will help us grasp the voice of our intuition. By relating stories, while explaining where our intuition comes from, bit by bit the author encourages us to find balance between our rational mind, that tends to trick us from time to time, and our intuition, that guidance that comes from within, as part of something bigger and that leads us towards fulfillment. I definitely recommend the reading and the practices.

FEAR by Thich Nhat Hanh

Although being a self-help book with practical exercises - not really my preference- the book has surprised me in a very positive way!
Written by a well-known Vietnamese monk, the teachings are underpinned by the Buddhist principle of mindfulness. Fear arises from our inability to live in the present moment, the only place where love can exist.
Thich Nhat Hank's description of what we fear the most, such as death, illness, loneliness, is simple but powerful, like a monk's presence, and conveys the message, not solely by its words but also by its style, that by being present at every moment we allow love to stem within ourselves therefore overcoming fear.
Where there is presence, there is love and therefore canno't be fear.
The exercises suggested are daily mantras to help us be present and start changing our thoughts towards surrendering to the present moment.
To my surprise, by the end of the book you realize how the reading itself is in fact a hidden mantra!
By its simplicity and directness the book greatly conveys its message. Great book :)

Good Will Hunting

Today's pick is one of my favorite movies, Good Will Hunting, a 1997 American drama film, staring Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. 

Through the story of Will, a 20-year-old janitor, a close math genius, with a traumatic childhood, the movie reflects on how healing our past wounds, helps us open up to love and life. 

With the help of a therapist, none other than Robin Williams, the boy faces his past, owns his story and finally embraces his own gift and path.

The movie is filled with small moments and thoughtful dialogues between Will and his shrink, but also with his best friend, who pushes him to embrace his destiny  - "he's sitting on a winning lottery ticket but is too scared to cash it in". 

Groundhog Day

Back to the 80's but a forever movie and perfectly fit for times of lockdown!
Bill Murray gets stuck in a loop, waking up every single morning to the same "boring" day. Only to realize, after much struggle, that the answers to his freedom lie inside him.
The comedy hides profound psychological lessons, as it touches base with aspects we undergo during an awakening experience - we feel stuck, bored, distressed, we blame the outer world for our emotional state, we try to change it, we fight it, we give in, we humble ourselves, we dig deep into our "shadow"- all the dark we don't want to accept, we accept ourselves and within the dark some light is revealed, we follow that aliveness and we rediscover ourselves and the world around us to be a place of joy and love. We are reborn.

Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives.

This month our Food for the Soul's pick is the book Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives. 

The author, Jean Shinoda Bolen a Jungian analyst, explores the myths of particular Greek goddesses while relating them to personality traits of the modern women. 

Throughout the book the reader can identify herself, her life choices and experiences with the archetypes each goddess represents.

The book, based on the work of Carl Jung that claims universal and unconscious archetypes influence human experience, is a quest for self-discovery.

The Big Blue

"Go, go and see my love".

With breathtaking locations, the 1988 movie portraits the friendship and respectful rivalry between Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca, two of the most renowned free divers of all times. While showing us the meaning of unconditioned love.

Love is about letting the other be and if necessary go.
Love is about giving , giving without the expectation of receiving.

A good reminder to accept and love people for whom they are.

The Power of Vulnerability, by Brené Brown.

Through my own journey I have discovered that if you want to follow your inner voice and realize your true desires you need to step out of your comfort zone. And it can be scary. It takes courage, humbleness and most of all being vulnerable. Therefore my pick for this month is Brené Brown's amazing work, The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage. 

Brown guides us through the beauty and power of vulnerability. She gives us profound insights on how to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable so we can show up, let ourselves be seen and truly be our authentic selves. 

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown