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Top Picks - Resources for Awakening Women

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I created a list of resources for self-awareness to help you on your journey of exploration as you discover the deeper truths of your soul.

These resources have been especially helpful on my journey. I will continue to add things over time, so please check back for new resources for self-awareness.

Self Awareness

Values questionnaire from Barrett Values Centre, that only takes a couple of minutes to complete. You receive a report that identifies where you are at in terms of your life and what you value- interesting- measures our consciousness and relates it to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Interesting to do this and then compare it with your significant others. It explains a lot about you and the people in your life.

Self-Compassion Quiz developed by Dr. Kristin Neff determines how self-compassionate you are. It is a very enlightening quiz that will increase your awareness of what it really means to be self-compassionate. It’s a powerful quiz because most of us have no idea what it really means to be self-compassionate. The very act of completing the quiz will help you be kinder to yourself, or least be more aware of the little voice inside your head and how it impacts your body.  There are also a number of guided meditations. My favorite is the 5- minute Self-Compassion Break.

Mindfulness Quiz has you respond to 20 questions to determine your level of mindfulness in daily life.  Completing this quiz will help you understand what it really means to be mindful and when we’re aware we can cultivate more of it in our lives. At the end, it gives you tips on how you can promote mindfulness in your life.

VIA Survey will help you determine your character strengths giving you a unique character profile. Living your life with greater awareness of your character strengths helps you in your overall health/wellbeing, relationships and skill in overcoming problems. It’s free and only takes a few minutes.

Morning Pages Julie Cameron, the author of the Artist’s Way shares a powerful practiced called Morning Pages which are described as: “three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*–they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.”

Meditations

Are you curious about meditation, but don’t know how to begin a simple and easy practice? Here are some resources to get you started.

I created A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation because many people would like to give it a try but don’t know where to begin. You can download the whole guide here or continue reading it here.

Insight Timer Looking for a helpful meditation app? Insight Timer has thousands of meditations at your fingertips. Download it here.

Meditation for Women podcast with Katie Krimistsos includes with beautiful guided meditations that have been created with the unique needs of women in mind. At the time I created this list, there were 17 available meditations with new ones being added on a regular basis.

Tara Brach, a psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening has countless guided meditations and resources on her website that she freely shares. One of my favorites is an 11-minute meditation—The RAIN of Self-Compassion.

Enjoy and congratulations on taking a step towards greater inner peace.

Videos

Are you looking to learn more? Watch one of the videos below. They are excellent resources to help you develop self-awareness as you awaken to your soul.

The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. This is one of the most viewed Ted Talks.

My Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened—she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding—she studied and remembered every moment.  This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

The Primacy of Soul

Parker J. Palmer a renowned author, activist, and speaker explores: What is the soul? How do we find it? The “soul” is a word that must be held lightly because it points toward a mystery, a mystery for which nobody has the true name. In this clip, Palmer uses a metaphor to illuminate his view of the soul.

The Power of Mindfulness

How do we change? Dr. Shawna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.

Enlightenment

The documentary called,  Enlightenment, is an interesting reflection about what consciousness is and how practices like meditation help us to “wake” up and see our lives from a different perspective. It also happens to include my meditation teacher, Sarah MacLean, the founder of the McLean Meditation Institute.

Stop Screwing Yourself Over

Mel Robbins, “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” is a great video if you’re feeling stuck and like something is needing to be expressed through you or you just want to move forward.

Movies

Are you needing a little soul nourishment? These movies/documentaries may just plant some new seeds or ideas in you that may just take root in the most unexpected ways.

I Am

I AM movie

I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?

Heal Documentary

Heal Documentary

Director Kelly Noonan Gores’ documentary takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on our health and ability to heal.

The Secret

The Secret

In this ground-breaking documentary film, leading scientists, authors, doctors, and philosophers reveal the great Secret that has transformed the lives of all those willing to live it.

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray.

The Shift

Learn more about Wayne Dyer's, The Shift.

Join Wayne Dyer and a star-studded cast for a story that will capture your imagination and send you on your own quest for a life of meaning and purpose. In The Shift, we share the stories of three modern lives in crisis. Every life has a turning point, a shift, a choice to make about what really matters.

Uplift TV

Uplift TV - Conscious media resource

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Websites / Community

Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective transformation. Their goal is to increase awareness that we are all connected. Many local communities host gatherings for individuals to come together who are interested in personal and collective shifts in consciousness.

Greater Good Magazine blends science and practice. They share articles, quizzes, videos, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society.

Self-Compassion Learn more about self-compassion through workshops and events or dive into the research, practices and recommended reading.

Popular Blog Posts to Inspire You

  • Meditation Isn’t About Meditation  When people think about meditation, they often have an image of someone sitting crossed-legged on a cushion on the floor, eyes closed, waiting for inner peace to wash over them. Meditation isn’t about what you do, it’s about who you are.

  • Forgiveness is All About ME I used to think that forgiveness was all about forgiving the other person for what they did to me, and then I realized that forgiveness is all about me!

  • Soul Hunger: The Silent Epidemic of the 21st Century I have come to believe that soul hunger is epidemic in our society. Large numbers of us experience it and yet we have no idea what it is.

  • Learn HOW To Practice Self-Compassion With Yourself I used to think that self-compassion was about doing nice things for myself like getting a message or going to a yoga class. Then I realized that doing these things for ourselves doesn’t automatically translate into being kinder and gentler with ourselves.

  • Strong Back, Soft Front A guided meditation to help you cultivate strength while remaining open to life as it is.

  • Why Telling Yourself To “Let That Go” Doesn’t Work Have you ever felt like you needed to let go of something and you couldn’t? If you have, you know that telling yourself to “let that go” doesn’t work.

  • 10 Signs Your Soul Is Speaking To You If your soul is speaking to you it’s important for you to know that awakening is normal and is the beginning of a beautiful, albeit uncertain journey. Be mindful of the 10 signs that your soul is speaking to you.

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It took scaling the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro for me to realize that my happiness would only be found by going deeper and not higher.

Awakening a Woman’s Soul: The Power of Meditation and Mindfulness to Transform Your Life explores the modern-day battle with soul hunger. Soul hunger is a deep inner longing for things to change. Our souls are calling for a shift from living a life based on how we should be and what we should do, to how we are meant to be and who we are meant to become. Meditation and mindfulness are key practices to aid in uncovering who we’re meant to become, as we cultivate vibrant health, loving relationships and a sense of meaning in our lives.

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Awakening A Woman's Soul by Bev Janisch