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All That Glitters

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Summary

In Danielle Steel’s dazzling new novel, a young woman must overcome tremendous adversity in her quest to find herself and achieve real happiness. Nicole “Coco” Martin is destined to have it all. As the only child of doting and successful parents, she has been given every opportunity in life. Having inherited her mother’s stunning beauty and creativity, along with her father’s work ethic and diligence, she has the world at her feet. Her graduation from Columbia is fast approaching, and with it the summer job of her dreams working at a magazine. Between work, leisurely weekends at her family’s home in Southampton, and spending as much time as possible with her best friend, Sam, life couldn’t be better - until tragedy strikes. Coco’s beloved parents are killed in a terrorist attack while on vacation in France.   Now devastated and alone, Coco must find a way to move forward and make her way in the world without the family she loved. Determined to forge her own path and make her parents proud, Coco pursues her dreams, dazzled by exciting opportunities that come her way. Her goals are to think outside the box - and always play by her own rules. As she finds herself drawn to charismatic, fascinating men, each relationship will teach Coco new lessons, some delightful, some painful. She will come to realize what matters, and how strong she truly is - and in the end, she will discover herself. Richly exploring one woman’s poignant journey through life, All That Glitters is a compelling tale of challenges, heartbreak, discovery, and triumph, a powerful reminder that all that glitters is not the essence of life. And what is truly worth having was right there in our hands all along.

©2020 Danielle Steel (P)2020 Recorded Books

Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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Take Your Life Back: 2 Books in 1

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While meditation is the most important tenet of Buddhism, it is not the only one. Even more significantly, it is not a stand-alone idea. In Buddhism, meditation is the means to an end. Buddhist practitioners use meditation to build their spiritual well-being and achieve enlightenment or nirvana. This is the Buddhist or Eastern concept of meditation. Other than uplifting the spirit, meditation is used for little in the way of attaining personal goals and success in life. But when it comes to the modern or Western concept of meditation, the focus lies on the power of meditation to boost our minds and empower us to attain prosperity in every area of our life. Most people practice this form of meditation. In various forms, it empowers the mind and the body. However, because it is not used to adopt sweeping changes in mindsets or worldview, it does not empower the spirit that much. You see, many people do meditation instead of practicing it. They look at it as a means to an end. And I am not saying that it is not or that they are wrong to do this. All I am saying is that this view limits you. It prevents you from realizing all the benefits of meditation. A deeper appreciation for meditation, one that recognizes the value of its philosophical roots, will help you to get in the right frame of mind and spirit as you pursue your dreams. It is only by reaching this level of appreciation that you can reap all the benefits that meditation affords you. Even without having to live in a monastery, sell all your personal belongings, and give everything to the poor, you can improve your spirit (and thus your entire life) by adopting some of the principles espoused by Buddhist gurus in the 8,000-year history of meditation. This is the greatness of meditation; you can practice it regardless of your religious or philosophical beliefs because it focuses on creating a link between the three elements of your being. It allows you to become the best version of yourself that you can possibly reach. I guess that is why it has been adopted by self-help practitioners so readily: because it works. It allows you to realize your true self and further empowers you to reach it.

©2020 Sarah Murphy (P)2021 Sarah Murphy

Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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Despertar del Chakra [Chakra Awakening]

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El poder de la mente es ilimitado y sus talentos son infinitos. Normalmente, nuestra imaginación se queda en blanco, mirando el mundo que nos rodea a través de los sentidos. Los sentidos hacen que la mente oiga, sienta, perciba, vea y pruebe.  A través de la meditación, dirigiremos nuestros pensamientos hacia ellos mismos. Este proceso abre un mundo completamente nuevo para nuestra conciencia. Al mirar hacia adentro, podemos ver todos los aspectos del cuerpo a través de la meditación. Las células en crecimiento, en cada porción, pueden presentarse y preguntarse si hay problemas o dolor en su entorno.  Esta irritación puede surgir como dolor, crecimiento o lesión. Puede ocurrir en múltiples aspectos de la mente o el cuerpo y puede convertirse en un trastorno que pone en peligro la vida si no se le llama la atención.  ¿Y cómo nos miramos hacia adentro? El proceso comienza con una profunda meditación. Es un proceso de relajación, normalmente en una silla, que nos ayuda a relajar nuestros músculos.  Se puede ver a la mente como un lago de olas. La mayoría de las personas pasan la mayor parte del tiempo en este estado con los sentidos en el mundo, necesitando siempre aprender e interpretar lo que perciben de la información que reciben de los sentidos.  Llevarás tu parte consciente por medio de la meditación a la parte inconsciente de la mente y extenderás tu conciencia.  Será como bucear. Experimentarás el agua como tal, en lugar de las olas en la superficie. No sólo eso, podrás ver los pensamientos que se forman como burbujas que se originan en lo profundo de la mente, en la raíz del pensamiento.  Eso podría verse como una pequeña burbuja del fondo de la piscina. La burbuja se hará más grande y más fuerte a medida que la presión del agua disminuya hasta que alcance la superficie, y aparezca en tu cabeza de forma natural, como olas en la playa.   Meditar es una experiencia encantadora, calmante y creciente. Cuando te sientas en una silla y empiezas a enfocar tu mente, la parte consciente empieza a calmarse y la imaginación se expande.   En lugar de tener emociones, tenderás a sentir los impulsos de energía que componen la sensación. Esto se puede sentir como polvo ligero, como movimiento en la oscuridad de la mente. Una sensación de expansión de la conciencia no es muy distinta a la de un cielo nocturno claro, viendo todas las estrellas titilando en diferentes tamaños y colores.  Este es un estado de paraíso, de amor eterno y de completa conciencia de toda la vida. Todas las diferentes secciones o estructuras de la mente pueden verse desde este punto. Considera que el yo es eterno, inmutable. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2020 Sarah Murphy (P)2020 Sarah Murphy

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Change Your Habits

Summary

This book is about “changing your habits". It is designed to trigger introspection and an inward evaluation that can trigger action to improve your personality, behavior, attitudes, communication skills, demeanor, and overall habits. Face your fears, and do it, anyway. According to Paolo Coelho, “The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” and Eleanor Roosevelt adds, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Don’t let your fears frustrate you, limit you, or - even worse - paralyze you. See fear as a warning light, not as a red light. I see it over and over again with my clients: Once they start doing what they fear, their fear goes away. Mark Twain knew this already, 100 years ago, when he said: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than with the ones that you did." Face your fears. Ninety percent of them are pure imagination, anyway. Illusions! Incredible stories of drama and disaster that will probably never happen and are made up by your mind - “the world’s greatest director of soap operas” as T. Harv Eker calls it, to keep you in your comfort zone. The only problem is that great things like development, growth, and success happen outside of the comfort zone. Fear is your mind’s survival mechanism. It wants to keep you safe, and anything that it doesn't know scares it. This was good thousands of years ago when you had to run from big predators to avoid getting eaten, but nowadays, most of the time, it hurts us. Most of the time, behind your fears, there will be great opportunities waiting for you, so make it a habit always to ask yourself: ”What’s the worst thing that can happen to me if I do this?" and evaluate if the risk is worth taking or not. Be careful. There is also a price for not taking a risk or stepping out of your comfort zone.

©2020 Sarah Murphy (P)2020 Sarah Murphy

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