My good friend, Evita Ochel, has written a great free book to help you change and grow with wellness, fitness and life titled, “This Is Your Year.”
A balanced life is definitely your best chance for a quality life.
The book contains 52 encouraging stories from experts who will help you grow, change, expand and evolve into the best version of yourself. My story is on page 59, in case you’re wondering. I am grateful that Evita asked me to contribute to this great book!
Here are some quotes from the introduction of the book:
“Change is the most constant phenomenon of life. We see it on every level from the microcosm to the macrocosm. Our Universe is constantly changing; our solar system; our planet. Nature is constantly exhibiting change. Our bodies change. Our minds change. Our relationships change. Cultures, customs and traditions change. Political policies, economies and our world constantly changes.”
“Given this, one would think that the human being would be an expert at dealing with change. Yet it is this very phenomenon that causes us the most problems, challenges, heartaches and headaches. Most of us resist change on every level, and at every chance we get. We are quick to form attachments, derive habits and try to live in a predetermined, stationary state. Change causes us to complain, become depressed, confused and harbor various negative thoughts and feelings, which in turn lead to negative behaviors. What we do not realize however, is that going against the Universal nature of all that is—change—is the root cause of our dissatisfaction and unhappiness. It is not the person, place, thing or event that makes us unhappy, but change itself, or rather how we deal with it.”
“To understand why this is so, we have to understand or realize another given in nature—growth. If we look around at just the natural world, which is our best and most trusted teacher, we can see that if something living is not growing (or expanding), it is dying. Even the things we consider non-living are undergoing constant change. If we relate this to our human nature, we begin to see that what causes us the most pain and suffering is the suppression of our internal growth. It is natural for us to grow, this is what feels good. While we can have periods of integration, it is unnatural for us to stand still or contract, or experience a sort of inner dying. It is painful on many levels of our being.”
“Growth. Change. Expansion. Evolution. Each of these is in its own way synonymous with life, living and being alive. Change fuels growth and expansion, and in turn we evolve. Yet it is these very aspects that most of us fight against and try to suppress on a daily basis. We undervalue growth/change/expansion/evolution of the self, others and society, and they mirror this back on us. Therefore in going against nature—our nature—we subject ourselves to lives based on struggles and suffering. We expect things and people to stay the same, when we should be celebrating change.”
“Whether you know it yet or not as your personal truth, at our essence, we are energy beings. We are infinite. We are eternal. Therefore our soul, our spirit, our essence craves growth and expansion. When we deny ourselves this, we feel pain—mental and emotional pain, that oftentimes even turns into physical pain. All of us expect a baby to grow into a child and then into an adult. We would find it unnatural and problematic if a baby did not experience physical growth and change into an adult human being one day. Yet while we accept this external physical growth, we often forget that there is also an internal spiritual/mental/emotional growth taking place as well. And unlike the physical growth, our internal growth is not meant to stop, not in this lifetime, nor beyond it.”
“There are 52 stories, subdivided evenly between the mind, body and spirit sections. Why 52? One reason is to give you lots of resources of insights and inspiration that can be used along your personal journey of change, growth, expansion and personal evolution. Secondly, there are 52 stories so that there is one for every week of the year.”
Evita recommends that you read this book in one of the following ways: randomly, weekly, all at once, or by section.
One of my favorite sections in the book is “We Are In This Together.” This is why Evita wrote this book—we need to help each other in this life.
Download your Free Book now because “This Is Your Year!“