NOTE TO SELF by Laurie Buchanan

NOTE TO SELF

A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This debut self-improvement guide offers a systematic approach to wellness that draws on readers’ senses of self-preservation and self-gratification, among others.

Buchanan, a holistic health practitioner and life coach, weaves personal anecdotes from clients throughout this helpful guide to illustrate her methods for enhancing every aspect of life, including one’s health, diet, relationships, sexuality, sense of purpose, and spiritual connection. In each chapter, she explores a specific, inwardly directed concept, such as self-definition or self-acceptance. What sets this book apart from others in its genre, though, is its frequent use of reader reflection. Specifically, the author encourages readers to take the book in slowly, continually pausing to reflect and/or write things down in order to discover new areas for improvement. The text’s rhythmic format touches upon a wide range of topics along the way, including the mind-body connection, color therapy, aroma therapy, personal affirmations, mindfulness, and breath work. Throughout, the author aims to help readers gain rounded understandings of how specific elements—such as color, habitat, and food choices, for example—can directly influence their everyday lives. The text also encourages readers to gain a deeper awareness of the self by asking themselves direct questions, such as “By what means are you accomplishing your purpose?” and, “If there were a gauge on your level of passion, would it be full, at the halfway mark, or near empty? If it’s not topped off, how do you plan to refuel?” Buchanan also treats the concept of choice as a crucial one, explaining that everyone makes decisions as to what his or her life purpose is, and that when one isn’t changing, one is choosing. Such prompts effectively encourage deep, introspective exploration.

A well-organized, thorough guide to self-acceptance. 

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-63152-113-3
Page count: 296pp
Publisher: She Writes Press
Program: Kirkus Indie
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