Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be.
In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability, to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve wellbeing, heal our minds, and set us firmly back on track.
Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.
Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
Ilana’s book can help to:
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing
•Change the way you perceive and think about your life
Firstly and very importantly, this is not a religious book. You don’t need to follow any religion to read it. Spirituality is something quite different.
In reading this book you will learn a lot about selflessness and humility, karma (the real meaning), why integrity is so important, living a more spiritual life and mindfulness.
“Mindfulness allows us to pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment, without us passing judgement.” Ilana tells us. “It’s a technique that helps us manage our thoughts, feelings and mental health.”
Now we come to emotional stability.
“To work on emotional stability, we need to continue to find a level of acceptance and understanding on our experiences. We should work on the premise that the things we can change we will, and the things we can’t change, we should try to accept.” How important this is.
Bitterness and resentfulness are also self-damaging. “A good affirmation to remember”, we are told, “is Being positive is my choice. I shall choose to be positive.”
There is a lot of discussion about mental health. We still need talk and remove the stigma, particularly amongst men. 12.5% of men suffer from anxiety and depression and 76% of suicides are committed by men. It’s the biggest killer of men under 35. 36% of referrals to a psychologist are for men.
There is a section on how to cope with conflict and inner turmoil arising from unresolved issues. I found this part very useful.
Learning from our mistakes is pivotal to emotional and spiritual growth. We learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes.
I have picked out a few things from this marvellous book that particularly resonated with me. For you it may be quite different. I will try and take as much on board as I can and hope it allows me to grow.
Thank you to Ilana for her wonderful writing. Do read it and take what you need from it. It doesn’t have to be everything. As she herself tells us, it’s all about small baby steps.
Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.
That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.
Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and wellbeing. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside.
Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spirituality-Healing-Me-spiritual-healing-ebook/dp/B09F9ZNV83
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Spirituality-Healing-Me-spiritual-healing-ebook/dp/B09F9ZNV83