Sunset Chaser | Follower of fun | Insatiable Curiosity | Devotional Rebel | Mama Bear | Cookie Monster |
A voracious reader for most of my life, I love books. I don’t discriminate… I love ﬁction, steamy beach reads, an interesting biography, and of course personal growth/self development books.
My favorite books are the ones that move me to tears, get me thinking, inspire me in some way— to become more curious, and perhaps even see myself and the world a little differently. You know what I also love about books? They seem to ﬁnd us at the time we need them most, don’t you think?
Wendi Cohen brings over a decade of experience to the ﬁeld of meditation, mindfulness, and wellness. She has been a dynamic and instrumental force helping people from all over the world as a teacher and integrative lifestyle practitioner.
Wendi is highly regarded for her years at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, where she managed and facilitated their signature program, Perfect Health. Working with Dr. Deepak Chopra, and being involved with cutting edge research in meditation and Ayurveda there.
Wendi has been up close and personal with the brightest minds in the wellness industry. What makes her special in this ﬁeld is that she found meditation and mindfulness on her own path to healing after being diagnosed with a rare and chronic illness in 2003.
Her insatiable curiosity and ability to think outside of the box led her to exploring integrative approaches. It was at this time she had profound shifts in her health and in the process fell in love with meditation. As a result of her journey, Wendi has a deep capacity to understand the many challenges people face when looking at healing and transformation.
On the creative team at Lee Harris Energy, Wendi supports projects, courses, and is a show producer for a weekly podcast called Impact the World and a soon-to-be released show called It’s Weird Being Human.
Wendi is happiest when being of service, whether it is teaching, mentoring, being philanthropic, and especially as a mom. Helping people feel more peaceful, clear, and grounded, experiencing more love and inspiration in their lives is what brings her so much fulﬁllment and gratitude.
My 10 Best
The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz
A book to live by. Deeply profound and yet simple to grasp in the way it is shared. Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Always do your best. Don’t make assumptions. (So good!) These spiritual beliefs offered in this book spoke to me, to my heart at a time when I was taking most everything way too seriously and personally. It also highlighted for me that much of suffering is self-created and how to be free from that.
I had the good fortune to experience Don Miguel Ruiz (with his son too) live and I was struck by his ability to translate Toltec Wisdom in a way that was easy for me to understand. I’ve found committing to these agreements has brought more integrity, peace, happiness, and love into my life and in the lives of my clients I’ve shared them with.
Just One Thing
by Dr. Rick Hanson
MIndfulness meets neuroscience…
I value this book as a guide, offering 50 simple things to do on a regular basis that supports self-worth, our emotions, wellbeing, and resiliency. Research has shown that integrating simple daily practices actually changes the way our brain works. (isn’t that amazing?) It’s what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity, which I ﬁnd very fascinating!
This book was a gift given to me by a client who knows how much I believe in and value daily rituals in my life, and that it’s better and enough to do just one thing versus doing nothing at all. It’s a sweet “go-to book” if I’m feeling stuck, stressed, or needing to reprogram my thoughts and reset.
Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Awakening Transformation
Sacred Powers is generous in its gifts and written for people who are seeking, maybe at a crossroads, or feeling stuck and in need of liberation. It awakened some deep things within me at a time of a big shift professionally (2017). I found guidance and wisdom throughout, for it is ﬁlled with insights that speak to the sacred power of intention, the divine principle of rebirth, inﬁnite ﬂow, and the energy of transformation.
The inclusion of the chakras, journaling, and the Sacred Questions helped to deepen my experience with the knowledge as well as supported the integration.
Some of my takeaways… an awakened heart, clarity, connection to my inner ﬁre (which at the time was barely a ﬂame), and a divine winning formula! And of course, Meaning
+ Ritual = Transformation. Such a powerful read.
PS: Grateful to davidji— he has been one of my greatest teachers and a dear friend
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” A Practical Guide to the Fulfilment of Your Dreams
by Dr. Deepak Chopra
Out of all the books I’ve read in my life, this is the book that keeps on giving.
I was initially introduced to this best-selling book in 2005 at the Chopra Center during my ﬁrst group meditation where the “Law of the day” was read at the end, and sixteen years later, it is still an integral part of my meditation practice as a daily ritual.
Based on aligning with nature’s intelligence, it offers profound principles that help us better understand who we are. For when we know who we are, we know what we want. And when we know what we want, we can start to manifest those things. Offering a Law each day of the week, the book starts with the Law of Pure Potentiality (Sunday) and ends with the Law of Dharma (Saturday). At the end of each chapter, there are suggestions to help integrate the principles, which I found super helpful when I ﬁrst started to work with them. Depending on what was/is going on in my life, I ﬁnd different resonance with the Laws.
This book has traveled with me literally and ﬁguratively throughout many adventures on my path and spiritual journey. Since ﬁrst discovering this gem personally, I now teach and incorporate this book in my work with clients, and as part of my Grateful 8.
Strong at the Broken Places
by Richard M. Cohen
Inspirational, honest, revealing and heart-felt, this book offered me hope.
It was 2008, ﬁve years after I was diagnosed with a rare chronic illness, when I saw Richard Cohen, best-selling author of Blindsided, being interviewed on The View. He was promoting this book, sharing that he spent three years chronicling the lives of ﬁve diverse “citizens of sickness.” At that time, I was medically unstable and unsure how to navigate my new normal. Reading the stories of Sarah, who had Crohn’s disease, and Ben, a young man with muscular dystrophy, (in addition to the others), helped me feel less alone and hopeful during such a challenging time. (Isn’t that what good books do for us, regardless of the subject?)
So grateful for the honesty and vulnerability of the ﬁve courageous people featured, as well as the sensitivity and thoughtfulness with how it is written. I’m sure in large part because the author has managed his own health challenges with MS. For anyone who has ever been challenged, this book is ﬁlled with inspiration and lessons for us all. I’m grateful for this kind of storytelling in my journey into healing.
Sensitive is the New Strong
by Anita Moorjani
This new release is the most recent book I’ve read. In a time like now (2021), when sensitivity and compassion is often undervalued, I love what Anita and this book offers to empaths and highly sensitive people like myself.
Her personal anecdotes, meditations, afﬁrmations, and reﬂective questions offer tools that I found extremely valuable in ways to express my gifts, and show up as me with healthy boundaries. Self love, self care, celebrating and embracing myself as someone highly sensitive and empathic is the gift of this book when at times that wasn’t always the case. I felt seen and understood reading her words and hearing her experiences that have been so much like mine. Love and cherish who you are, fellow empaths!
The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brene Brown
Brene Brown has always been an author and speaker that I resonate with. To me, she’s the real deal, someone who is authentic, humble, funny, and smart. As a recovering perfectionist and people-pleaser, this was an important read —one that helped me loosen the grip of perfectionism.
In this book, she shares her Wholehearted Living guideposts—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Her suggestions to cultivate more self compassion, gratitude, joy, creativity, and intuition, seemed like the ‘perfect’ antidote for the shame and self doubt that was part of my experience.
This read is for anyone who doesn’t think they are enough or worthy of love and belonging. Reading this, I took the steps to “DIG” deep (a concept she uses when we stray) and let go of what other people think, and even though I am a work in progress, nobody (and I mean nobody) cares that I’m not perfect!
by Glennon Doyle
“I am a human being meant to be in perpetual becoming.”
Written with authenticity, transparency, and humor, there is so much to love about this book. It is crafted in three parts: Caged, Keys, Free, and the short chapters are ﬁlled with sweet and tender stories that explore her journey from abandoning who she was for the sake of others and social norms to unleashing her truest self, unapologetically. I found the prologue to be especially poignant—and if I didn’t read a page after, it would’ve been worthwhile.
This book spoke to the people-pleaser and perfectionist in me, and it provoked me to take a look in the mirror. I have always appreciated her style of writing and storytelling, and ﬁnd it an easy read with so many opportunities for “a-ha moments!” I had many of them , which include: owning what I want, following my deep desires, being brave, and that I can do hard things.
Who Moved My Cheese?
By Spencer Johnon, MD
“It’s fast. It’s simple. It works!”
This book, which was published in 1998 (an oldie but such a goodie) was a wonderful last minute addition to my list after it was recommended by a friend. A quick read with four characters (two of whom are mice), I had a smile on my face the entire time.
Amusing and light hearted, I think this kind of book, which takes a simple approach to a complex subject like CHANGE, is beyond brilliant. Too often we make things harder than they need to be, so this is refreshing and so accessible.
For all ages, which is unusual, the storytelling and unique insight left an impact on me. So many spiritual lessons here: letting go, being adaptable, and embracing change.
Who Would You Be Without Your Story?
by Byron Katie
We can get stuck in our stories, a narrative that we start to believe, and at a certain point that story gets REALLY old. That’s why I was drawn to Byron Katie and this book, because it asks the question, “Is it true? Can you absolutely know that it is true?”
Loved the format of this book – 15 dialogues with Katie leading others through her process, “The Work.” Reading each one, I found it fascinating to see how the grip of what they thought to be absolutely true loosens. The modeling of people being willing to question the true cause of their suffering was extremely helpful. Although some of the stories were less relatable than others, they are woven with humor and some deeply moving moments.
I’ll never forget the moment I realized I am not my story… life was never the same (in the best way possible!).