- Monica Pickard spent twenty years of her adult life as a child care provider. During that time, with the help of her husband, she raised her son who has been diagnosed with Autism and Developmental Delay. She learned to navigate a world that was new to her – the world of Special Needs. She now shares these experiences and the wisdom they taught her, with love and heartfelt compassion for the human condition.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Books I Love
This book shows how Temple Grandin could relate to animals and the insights autism gave her about animals. She says people with autism can think like animals, that their thinking is very similar in some respects, and that both have a difficult time seeing “the forest for the trees” because they are so tuned into details – much more so than average people. I highly recommend this book to give you knowledge about autism and the wonderful world of animals. You will learn a lot! Side note – well, more of a brag really! – my copy is signed by Temple Grandin! I got to meet her in Dixon, Illinois at a conference where she was speaking. Unfortunately, I was tongue-tied in her presence. She is awesome!
The subtitle of this book is Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, but to me, it was simply Awakening to My Life. I did eventually awaken to my purpose, but first it changed my consciousness in such a way that I could see EVERYTHING in a new way. I began to understand human beings in a new way. I understood myself in a new way. This understanding changed my life in ways I can’t explain in a few sentences. Both books by Tolle are powerful and insightful.
The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz and The Five Levels of Attachment, by don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. These two books blew my mind! They give you concrete ways to challenge your thinking and beliefs that no longer work for you. They show you how to analyze your thinking and beliefs to see if they work for you and then give you permission to change. It sounds strange that we need permission to change our mind about things, but once you’ve read these books, you’ll see why we need permission! You will understand how you got to believe the things you believe, why you are attached to certain beliefs or attitudes, and why it is okay to start living differently.
FOLLOWING YOUR INSTINCTS