What a concept: creating your life instead of just taking what comes. When I was offered a chance to review the new book by Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life) and Cheryl Richardson (Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time), I was intrigued. These two women have written books that have caused me to re-assess where my life was; what would they do together?
I was not disappointed.
The book takes the form of documenting a series of interviews with Louise Hay being the interviewee and Cheryl Richardson being the interviewer. It walks through various scenarios, such as being present to where life is taking you, starting your day, living your day, dissolving bad habits, and “The End”.
Chapter One: Answer The Phone And Open The Mail In this chapter, Louise talks about how she got where she is today. In her mid-80s, she is strong and vibrant, but she has survived childhood abuse, her husband leaving her, cancer, and a host of other things. It wasn’t until she was in her 40s that she started growing spiritually, she says, and learned that changing thinking can change lives. In this chapter Louise talks about affirmations, and how she doesn’t do goals, but focuses instead on her mission: How can I help people?
Chapter Two: Becoming the Creator of an Exceptional Life. The thing that struck me the most about this chapter was Louise’s example of how she left a store and returned later because some of the salespeople were being really negative. By consciously choosing not to subject herself to that energy, she maintains her equanimity.
Chapter Three: How You Start Your Day Is How You Live Your Day We’ve all had bad mornings, and they generally lead to a bad day. In this chapter, Louise talks about things she does to make her mornings pleasant, and ensures a good day.
Chapter Four: How You Live Your Day Is How You Live Your Life Lives are made up of days. If you have good days, you’ll have a good life. The opposite is true as well.
Chapter Five: Don’t Break A Habit — Dissolve It! In this chapter both Cheryl and Louise talk about how changing their behavior changed a situation around them. Things that were habitual dissolved away under a new chosen attitude and action.
Chapter Six: The Beauty of Wisdom How wisdom can make us beautiful.
Chapter Seven: The End of the Movie Dealing with the end of life.
Summary of book
I thought this book was a great read. It is short, reads like a conversation and contains some great information. I’m not a great believer in affirmations, because it seems to me that if all you had to do was think something to make it be true, there would be no hunger, poverty or war. And we know that’s not the case. But there were parts where Louise explained the affirmation process a bit better (admitting that sometimes it seems like it must seem fake — except I can’t use her exact words on this family-friendly blog!). Affirmations are not about denial. They’re about focusing your attention.
I’m not a student of psychology, but I do know there is a phenomenon that has been studied – where once you decide to buy a certain type of car you see them all over the road. The same thing, I think, applies to affirmations. It brings the things that were there to our attention and lets us focus on them.
I did try some of the techniques in the book. What happened was I had smoother mornings, less stressful commutes, and less stress at certain times. It’s enough of a positive result that I will keep doing these things.
All in all, I was very pleased with this book. I recommend it to anyone who wants to decide which direction their life is going.
Author: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson
Publisher: Hay House
Hay House provided me with a free copy of the book enable me to write this review.