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lookI love to read.

I have always loved to read. I got my first library card when I was 7 years old, and I’ve been going strong ever since. When I lived in NYC and CA, one of my favorite things to do was to grab my journal and aimlessly browse around a book store. I loved to just wander around and let spirit guide me to the exact right book, the exact right words that I needed to hear that very moment. And it always worked. I was open to receiving guidance, and guidance always came.

So, between my library books and my guided bookstore walks, my bookshelf was always full.

I still love to walk into a bookstore and browse around looking for that perfect treasure and nugget of inspiration. But something happened over the last few years. Maybe it was the 1-click shopping brilliance of Amazon.com. Or maybe it was the sheer availability of books available on all the spiritual and business topics that I am super duper into.

Or maybe, just maybe if I’m really honest, my addiction to books and information is more about looking for answers from external source. Don’t get me wrong. I treasure the wisdom of my mentors and teachers. My life has completely transformed from the readings of Caroline Myss, Wayne Dyer, Clarissa Estes, and many many others. My book shelf is a testament to all the great teachers in my life.

But now, when I buy a book, it feels different. It feels like I’m reaching for that one more thing, that one more piece of wisdom. And, there are those times when I knew I could use stillness and meditation, or even a walk outside, and instead, I grab a book to fill the space. For me, the next new book has become a distraction from sitting down and calling forth my internal wisdom of my inner knowing and of the hundreds maybe thousands of books I’ve already inhaled.

So, I am making a commitment, in public {Yikes!!!}, that I am not buying any new books until my birthday, June 1st. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be READING anything. I have a beautiful bounty sitting right no my bookshelf if I need inspiration for my own writing, or want to curl up with a good book. I just won’t be buying any new books. SO, if you want to send me one, I’ll give you my address!!! Just kidding {not really ;P).

This is a challenge that my coach has set for me, and I have accepted.

p.s. this is also a financial leaky hole that I am about to close and allow for the abundance to stay in my life.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Are there things in your life that you can put on hold in order to tap into YOUR inner wisdom?

Leave a comment below.

 

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  • Jenny December 18, 2013, 8:37 pm

    You, my dear are a brave one! I agree that sometimes we use books as an external source and not an internal… that we need to use ourselves as inspiration and look inside. However, I applaud your commitment and am wishing you well!! {{I would join you but I’m finishing a yoga teacher training, so it wouldn’t work — perhaps someday!}}

  • Denise December 18, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Absolutely true…anything can become a distraction from tuning in to our own wisdom if we let it.

    I am a lover of books, too. Your post reminded me of my first library card my mama got for me at age 3, which I still use!

    On my shelves are countless books waiting to be read, so I am totally with you on this one.

    I love that you are holding yourself accountable by sharing this, Elena.

    Wise woman you are. 🙂

  • Otiti December 18, 2013, 9:16 pm

    How interesting! I just made a book buy plan for the next 12 months ’cause I wanna expand my thinking, so I’m at the other end of what you’re proposing. but I think you’re very brave for making this commitment. I’m a book lover myself and can’t imagine going 6 months without a new book! Just thinking about it makes me sweat, LOL.

    Way to go and I hope you reconnect to your inner wisdom more and more every day during your purchase-sabbatical. 🙂

  • Keisha December 18, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Great for you! Yes I can relate, however, for me I think I need to focus on reading books that will fill me and encourage me but that aren’t necessarily business. So focusing on ‘me’ books (leisure if you will, gasp!) instead of everything needing to be business strategy.

    For me, the thing that I am putting on hold (well more like being V.E.R.Y. selective about is programs I purchase!). Yes I can likely benefit from the 2 trillion programs that are out there, but more programs are just another way of getting farther away from my own intuitive desires for my business and becoming like the person hosting the program. I know which program I am seeking to do next and am holding pretty steadfast until I get into it.

  • admin December 19, 2013, 1:48 am

    Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for saying I’m brave. I can already feel the withdrawals ;))).

    Best of luck on your yoga teacher training.
    I’ll let you know how my no-new-books journey is going.
    xo
    Elena

  • admin December 19, 2013, 1:50 am

    Hi Denise,

    A can just picture sweet little 3 yr old holding out her 1st library card, so very sweet.

    I would have gotten mine earlier, but we came to America when I was nearly 6 ;).

    Thank you so much for your post. And yes, anything can become a distraction. There are the obvious things like FB, eating, etc…but then there are the more subtle ones like reading and even journaling. Humans are amazing!

    oxo
    Elena

  • admin December 19, 2013, 1:51 am

    Hi Otiti,

    Yes! This one made me sweat too. When my coach asked me, there was a very long pause. But as soon as I said it out loud, I knew that it was the correct path for me. I have a beautiful collection of books that I can honor.

    Thank you SO much for your comment. I hope to see you here again soon.

    xoxo
    Elena

  • admin December 19, 2013, 1:55 am

    Keisha,

    SO much wisdom in your words. I love to settle in with a beautiful story or autobiography. I actually get inspired in my business when I read those books. Go for it and follow that inner wisdom.

    YES! Even though I create programs and want people to buy them, I tune in deeply to what is sorely needed out in the world. For me that feels lie Self-Care and Self-Love.

    I have definitely been one to purchase a program and not touch it for months. Why do we do this? It’s an interesting question. And probably relates to what I’m feeling with the books.

    We must choose wisely where we put our financial & spiritual energy. It sounds like you have thought through this well.

    Thank you so much for commenting.

    Cheers!
    xo
    Elena

  • Karo December 20, 2013, 12:41 am

    Wow–you are a brave soul. I guess just putting that restriction in place would make me think about it constantly and yearn to buy just this one more book. 🙂
    I do have a seizable collection of my own, so if you do run out of stuff to read, just let me know! And all the best to you!

  • Deanna Heiliger December 20, 2013, 3:49 pm

    WOW…you and I are the same person! I, too, have a love of reading and my shelves are lines with many of the same authors. I feel like they are my teachers as well. I have felt the same way in the past year, that I keep reading, digesting, and looking…when all I need is to sit quietly and be. Thank you for being so transparent…I am right there with you!

  • admin December 20, 2013, 5:53 pm

    Karo, thank you!!! I doubt I will run out anytime soon. My collection is quite robust ;).

    I actually felt a real relief when I made this commitment. Now I can turn to all that I already know about my work and my life to create a beautiful business in 2014. ;))

    Thanks so much for your comment.
    ~Elena

  • admin December 20, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Deanna,

    That’s EXACTLY is. Getting quiet, finding the stillness and creating the space for the divine to flow in. We are so busy getting more and more and more that we forget how much we already know.

    xoxo
    Elena

  • Karo December 21, 2013, 2:11 am

    The best of luck with your business, Elena! Is it going to be related to books, coaching, or something different altogether???

  • admin December 22, 2013, 5:48 am

    Karo, Thank you for asking. I have private coaching clients, group coaching programs and luxury retreats :)).

    Though there is a book in the works as well.

    Best,
    Elena

  • Sherrie December 23, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I’m in! I make this promise to myself every year, it seems, but I haven’t kept it! This year I am committed, and for the same reasons as you, it sounds. It is time to look inward for wisdom, and if I do need to read a book, my shelves runneth over.

  • admin December 24, 2013, 6:36 am

    Sherrie,

    I LOVE IT!!! We’re in this together. And I just visited your site and I’m a huge fan of Artist’s Way as well. Which is one of the amazing books on my already abundance bookshelf.

    Stay in touch and let me know how it goes.

    Cheers and happy Holidays!
    Elena

  • jenny December 26, 2013, 11:49 pm

    Elena! It is fun coming to your website and seeing a glimpse of what you do. So worthwhile it makes my soul sing.

    I too love books. They bring delight and decompression and knowledge and escape and magic and …… But I have been valuing space more then things or busy-ness and have-to’s. Letting go as opposed to attachment.

    I moved to a cottage this last year, from a much bigger home, and my hundreds of books went into boxes. And since then I have been giving them gleefully away to neighbors and friends and still have many in boxes. Not taken out to take up space, they are resting, awaiting their next home. With me or another. Perhaps some will come to you? or maybe it is really the space for serendipity that you are enjoying? Instead of filling time and space you are awaiting magic’s arrival.

    I’m smiling at all the times I let spirit guide me through a bookstore to buy this book or that one and the arrival of a story or wisdom to take in was so welcome. I wonder if at some point we begin to reach capacity and it is time to synthesize all that we have read and put something out in the world instead… to let out instead of taking in….

    I am enjoying these musings spurred by your posting.
    Oh I will always welcome a good book but sitting and looking out the window or just being is also pure bliss.

  • admin December 28, 2013, 5:33 am

    Jenny,

    SO beautiful. I can just feel the beautiful space and spaciousness that you have created. I also love gifting books, especially those I have loved and enjoyed myself. It really is a gift of beauty and story-telling.

    I completely agree, taking time and allowing for the synthesis of all that we have read is amazing. I do look forward to perusing the aisles of a bookstore again. But for now, my 1-click amazon book buying is on hold.

    If a book comes my way as a gift, I will honor it in all it’s magic.

    So beautiful to have you visit and comment. Thank you!

    Love, light & gratitude,
    xo
    Elena

  • Alison May 10, 2014, 10:08 pm

    i totally get it! i’ve even taken up reading lots more fiction bc i, too, love the feel of getting lost in a book. with good tv (on hbo and showtime) and awesome movies, i got really stagnated with reading novels and i found myself reading lots of spiritual books.

    then i wound up reading the other bolean girl on vacation. and it totally took me to that warm fuzzy place that a good book just does. i mean the story isn’t really warm and fuzzy….but the smell of the book, the feeling of reaching the near end…and not wanting to.

    i just love it. i think postponing buying a new book til june will make your next read all that more enjoyable! have fun in your downtime between books.

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