Intuition is a natural skill that we all have access to. You have been using this, probably unconsciously, for your entire life. - Author Shan Cox
This book is all about connecting to your body: your senses, your gut instinct and letting these guide you. This book covers topics including your body, feelings, thoughts, decisions, relationships, food,, movement, sex, healing, and living a fulfilling life.
This book has something for everyone. From experienced intuitive souls looking to grow and explore to complete newbies who may not even know how to get in touch with their intuition. The tools and activities will resonate with people of varying faith backgrounds and world views.
My choice to review this book for the Divorce Proofing blog was simple.
Divorce disrupts life. It gets in the way. It sucks.
Divorce comes with feelings. All the feelings. You name it: Anger, sadness, loss, betrayal, confusion… Feelings of being lost. Feelings that you’ve lost yourself. The list goes on.
These feelings, combined with the difficult divorce process, can suck up all of your time and energy. They can make life HARD. If you have kids, then you’re dealing with your own feelings plus theirs.
This book can help you get out of your own way post-divorce. It can help you heal, learn and grow.
To give you a taste of the book and how it can help you heal and grow after your divorce, I've chosen a few of the activities Shan provides in this beautiful book.
Cleansing: Do you ever come home from a hard day feeling dirty and depleted from all of the negative energy and emotion you came across during the day? How about after an encounter with your ex-partner? Or during your off-week of parenting time? Have you ever considered using a bath or shower to help ease the discomfort you’re feeling? Shan suggests a variety of ways to make your bath or shower work for you, especially when you’re stressed.
Your Space: Similar to our bodies, our homes can take on the look and feel of stress and discomfort. Shan recommends a variety of simple ways you can create a safe, comfortable and beautiful space in your home.
Meditation: The author breaks down meditation in a blessedly unpretentious manner. She makes meditation easy to understand and simple to achieve. If you’ve always considered meditation to be something you can’t do because you can’t ever get your mind to be quiet, start here. You’ll be seeing the many benefits of meditation after just a few short sessions. Your mind, body and soul will thank you. (Learn more here).
Releasing Beliefs: This activity encourages readers to examine the beliefs they hold about themselves and about the world. Some of these views are likely to be negative, and even harmful. Divorce often unearths these beliefs and makes them stronger, louder and more bothersome. What is a negative belief you have about yourself? Can you imagine releasing that belief? Shan walks her readers through this process beautifully.
Universe To-Do List: People to take care of, jobs to do, chores to finish. Busy, busy, busy. Add in a difficult divorce and co-parenting? Yikes! How do you get it all done? This simple activity is a new way to look at your to-do list. The author suggests, “Take a piece of paper and jot down all the things you are happy for the universe to look after.” Give it a try and see what happens when you take a step back.
Ready for more? Besides all the goodies in this book, it is absolutely gorgeous. The illustrator, Natalie O’Brien, really hit a home run with this one! Purchase the book here.
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Bethany Raab is a Denver-based social worker who loves helping teens and their families be happy and healthy!