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Everything You Need You Have by Gerad Kite

Everything You Need You Have

Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self by Gerad Kite

Published by: Harmony Books on December 6, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

In today’s so society, too often we find ourself looking for fulfillment and validation through external sources. We look to other people. We look to material success. We are always looking out and rarely ever taking the time to stop and focus on what is within ourselves. In this book, Gerad Kite provides a framework he has developed from personal experience and working with clients for a number of years. According to Kite, if we learn to find the Home that exists within, we will not only feel more fulfilled but we will also minimize the swings that we so often feel between positive and negative extremes.

Kite’s model is interesting. I have no doubt that there are people who might find it to be profound and incredibly enlightening. Personally, I had trouble feeling like it resonated with me, but I appreciated the values of becoming more attuned to your own mind and body and letting that be more of a guide to happiness and calm that the world around you. So while I don’t foresee myself following his ten-step process, there are elements that I will certainly be making a focus of my own reflection over time.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]

The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

Sleep Revolution

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington

Published by: Harmony Books on April 5, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

How many times do you hear or say things like: “I’m tired.” “I didn’t get enough sleep last night.” “I’ll just stay up to get this done and try to sleep more this weekend.” “Sometimes I try to sleep in, but it just doesn’t happen.” “It takes me forever to fall asleep at night.”

These phrases are becoming increasingly common for us to say and hear–and even tell ourselves. And Arianna Huffington sets out a good case for what this all means. Without a doubt, we are in a sleep deprivation crisis as a society. With the pressure to do more and more in the same amount of time in a day, people are overextending themselves and giving up something essential to survival: sleep. As we are also more stimulated and connected by technology, it makes it that much harder to wind down at the end of a long day.

While we often dismiss this as okay, using some of the phrases above, it has health implications that we may not always know are there. Fatigue and exhaustion are just the tip of the iceberg. Sleep has been shown to have connections to healthy weight, blood pressure, and several other conditions.

But knowing we’re sleep deprived is just the beginning. Especially since almost everyone would admit that they feel tired or sleep deprived on some level at some point in any given week. Where Huffington takes things a step further is offering some suggestions for how we can each start addressing the crisis in our own lives. Working on the issue starts with each person. Not only is this because society isn’t going to shift until the people pushing for the shift reaches critical mass. It’s also because the tactics and strategies for prioritizing sleep need to be determined on an individual basis.

This is an interesting read. Huffington has collected a great deal of research and anecdotes in one nice, tidy place. And while I don’t think anything here is particularly profound or novel, it’s a stimulating and thought-provoking read.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]