The power of the spoken or written word is immense. You’ve likely heard the phrase ‘sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. In fact, words can be just as hurtful (and sometimes more so). And sensitive people can suffer for years, say after being bullied at school, even if it’s just from verbal abuse. The Ukranian war (and all wars) start from a lack of communication. And words always fly, before bombs do.
The written word is just as powerful. Just think how much your whole being is changed after reading a beautiful poem. Or how paradoxically, you feel terrible after listening to someone do nothing but moan or shout or repeat scandalous news, that makes you feel uneasy or scared. So here are a few books to acknowledge the power of the word, and how to make things better!
Affirmations for Every Day is a beautiful book of empowering mantras, to set your intentions. An affirmation or mantra is a short phrase to focus your attention. Whether it’s to inspire a sense of calm or positive mindset, it’s a powerful way to declare your intention and set yourself on tract.
As well as a beautiful selection of words from writers and thinkers (with 40 inspiring mantras), within these pages you’ll find a raft of simple but effective tips to help you master the art of affirmations including:
- How to write an effective affirmation
- Using affirmations to achieve your goals
- Ways to cultivate an open and positive mindset
Just a few words said with purpose, can give you inner strength to last the day. Tap into this power with the guidance from this book. And allow these words to inspire you, on your life’s journey.
Little Stories of Your Life combines the benefits of mindfulness, creativity and photography, to show you how to use words and photographs to capture precious moments, and share these in order to connect with others. Each chapter explores ways to tell your stories, why you may choose to tell them and helps you to create a patchwork of tiny tales about your life, however small they may be. Laura shares her own personal stories and research to tune out the bigger picture and focus on the everyday. There are exercises to gently guide you through how to journal and harness your inner creativity, as well as tips on improving your photography and writing prompts.
Little stories are small, but they shine bright: like fireflies, or sparkling water droplets on a winter branch. They concern the people that we love, the details that we observe, the small secrets that we keep and the memories that make us glow inwardly. Little stories encapsulate the reasons we get out of bed in the morning: they describe the tiny pleasures and commonplace rituals that see us through every day. These are stories of moments that we share, moments that we quietly treasure and that somehow make us who we are.
Laura Pashby is a writer and photographer. She is also a qualified teacher with an MA in Literature and she teaches storytelling e-courses.
The Healing Power of Positive Words shows how to take back control from negative self-talk, by understanding the emotions and circumstances behind negative words. Make the choice to forgive, embrace the truth about who we are created to be, and walk in the freedom to pray effectively, and break the power of negative words.