Something For You...

You are about to get (or have just got) an Amazon voucher in your email inbox as a thank you from me. I want you to spend it on something that will make you f eel  good!


If you want ideas for  a book, audiobook or movie - here are some below.



*Note on audiobooks* Amazon sells audiobooks, but also has their massive audiobook store, Audible. Audible sells audiobooks, but also has a monthly membership. For some insane reason, you cannot spend Amazon vouchers in the Audible store. (????...Nope, me either). Basically you can spend Amazon vouchers at Amazon but not Audible. 



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Here are some suggestions:

BOOKS

*For emotional eating*: The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren. An invaluable reference, with a chapter on the real function of all the emotions and the soul-saving messages they have for you. The single most important book I have read that has helped me reclaim my life from food. Some challenging ideas, but liberating like nothing else I have ever read.

 

*For challenging your inner victim*: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday (available on Audible too, and read by the author). Very readable antidote to useless positive thinking, this book shows you that no matter what your history has been, you CAN always do something.

 

*For challenging your inner resistance*: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. This is written ostensibly to help writers and artists get over their creative blocks, but it goes way beyond that and speaks very eloquently to all kinds of resistance. Pressfield very cleverly put it together in very very short chapters, and it is a very short book. You can use it as a quick fix of motivation, or read it in one two hour sitting.

 

A Course In Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson (also available on Audible and read by the author). I am unable to put this into one category. This is not an easy read. It consists of 21 lessons about the reasons for your eating issues, and describes them very eloquently. Williamson's solution ultimately comes down to your faith in God, so if you are atheist or agnostic, that part may need some mental editing. There are some brilliant practical exercises, such as going to a supermarket and buying one piece of fruit only. 

 


MOVIES etc

Sunshine Cleaning (2009) - quirky, thought-provoking and funny in places, this has  so much to tell us about connecting to your power, moving through toxic shame, the blessings in disguise that apparent disasters can offer us and changing the lens we see disability through. For a film about someone who cleans up crime scenes, it is surprisingly non-gory (the filmmakers know they have a target female audience).

 

The Fisher King (1991) - deals with the themes of guilt, redemption, and the power of symbols to help us reclaim our lives. Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges are perfect, but the female characters are also brilliant, notably Amanda Plummer who has her own journey of empowerment.

 

Fight Club (1999) - one man's road to rejecting conformity, airbrushed perfectionism and banishing insomnia, all with the help of soap...and Brad Pitt. 

 

Cheers (Season 1) - I want you to watch the episode entitled Endless Slumper. Cheers was a massive sitcom in the 1980s. In this episode, we see recovering alcoholic Sam (the bar owner) struggle with the prospect of his alcoholism returning. The last scene achieves the almost impossible feat of being edge of your seat tense, moving AND hilarious. So much to tell us about the struggles of being surrounded by the object of your compulsion every day. 


To Make You Laugh

Here are some comedy gems I love. If you don't know these comedians, check them out on YouTube first.

Rhod Gilbert - The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure