“If you cultivate emotional resilience, you don’t have to resist feeling appropriate sadness; you learn that your moods are dynamic and flexible and that they soon return to the neutral balance point, the zone of contentment, comfort and serenity.”
Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil has been one of my ‘books to read’ for almost 3 years. I first discovered his work back in 2017 when I began studying with IIN to become a Health Coach and I still refer to some of his recommendations and practices with my clients today – I’m sure you’ve heard me recommend the 4,7,8,4 breathing technique before!
This book shares not only the science behind happiness but also particular research studies and long standing beliefs surrounding the topic of happiness and although the language used in the book is quite intense and for the science buff, I think it’s worth a read for anyone looking to improve their emotional wellbeing. There are certainly some hidden gems and ‘ah ha’ moments. Personally, I feel I got a lot out of it coming from a practitioner background but there are some fantastic introspective questions shared as well as a step by step guide to improving your emotional wellbeing that we could all benefit from!
“Just as a magnifying lens can concentrate the energy of sunlight to ignite a fire, so can a focused mind concentrate attention to produce extraordinary effects.”
“Most people, however, do not consider that what we allow into our minds is as important as what we feed our bodies and significantly influences our emotional well-being.”
“It is near the balance point that you will find resilience, contentment, comfort and serenity. This is your emotional safe harbour, which you can leave but to which you should be able to return easily and naturally.”