I am always amazed at how quickly each year passes. It seems like we were just celebrating New Year Eve 2009, but the calendar on my cube wall is reminding me Yule 2010 is a mere two weeks away. Am I the only one out there asking, “Where did the year go?”

The hectic nature of our world takes its toll on each of us in different ways. If you are like me, life in the 21st century is a flurry of activity with very little time or energy left at the end of each day to balance my checkbook, not to mention my chakras.

This year, why not give a gift that will help your friends and family rise above any situation life may hand them? I’ve put together a list of books that are perfect holiday gifts for people on your “nice” list who want to care for their bodies, harmonize their minds, and nurture their spirits.

For the Body

These books make great gifts for those friends who are wannabe yogis, into herbs, natural medicine, and homeopathic remedies, or just need a good aura cleansing.

Yoga enthusiasts will discover effective tools for creating a life of healthful beauty and inner peace in The Pure Heart of Yoga. Dr.  Robert Butera’s simple ten-step approach invites yoga practitioners of all levels to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy and work toward health and self-realization.

EnHoliday Gift Guide 2010 - Wellness - Wheels of Life: A User's Guide to the Chakra System - Anodea Judithtertaining and practical, Essential Herbal Wisdom by Nancy Arrowsmith covers everything from herb gathering prayers and charms to information on the properties and correspondences for fifty different herbs. Illustrated and described in complete detail, each herb entry provides tips on growing, gathering, drying and storing, as well as its culinary, cosmetic, medicinal, veterinary, and household applications.

With more than 200,000 copies sold since it was originally published in 1999, Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith has become the essential guide on the system of chakras, taking the reader through each chakra step-by-step, with each step in the learning process helping to develop inherent skills and abilities to meet the increasing demands of life in our times.

For the Mind

Those who wish to uncover their hidden psychic talents, achieve a sense of inner calmness and well being, or harness the untapped potential of the human mind will find these books, not only fascinating reads, but also fantastic gifts.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - Wellness - Discover Your Psychic Type: Developing and Using Your Natural Intuition - Sherrie DillardIn Discover Your Psychic Type, professional psychic and therapist Sherrie Dillard introduces readers to four unique psychic types—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Dillard also teaches readers how to identify their psychic type as well as how to develop their unique psychic abilities through guided meditations and exercises.

There are so many benefits to meditation. It helps to focus your attention, leads to deeper levels of relaxation, enhances the immune system, and can even help to boost self-confidence. Meditation for Beginners provides a step-by-step approach to introduce readers to the endless possibilities of this age-old spiritual practice.

Co-authored by Llewellyn’s own Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H. Slate, Ph.D., author of Psychic Vampires and Beyond Reincarnation, Psychic Empowerment for Everyone is a comprehensive guide to the psychic realm that blends compelling theory with practical techniques for accessing the limitless wellspring of psychic power within us all.

For the Spirit

The people on your gift list who long to understand their true purpose, transform their lives by realizing goals and dreams, or create a deeper connection with their spiritual source will find these gifts enlightening reads.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - Wellness - Your Dreams: Spiritual Messages in Pajamas - Ana Lora GarrardSoul Visioning is a groundbreaking book that teaches how to create a life of passion and purpose by following your soul’s wisdom. Susan Wisehart shares practical step-by-step techniques to heal the unconscious beliefs that block our connection with our spiritual source and our life’s purpose.

Refreshingly simple and unique, Your Dreams takes a new approach to dream exploration based on the premise that dreams reflect the inner wisdom that lies within us all. The easy-to-use tools Ana Lora Garrard shares in this book help readers to interpret the messages their souls are communicating every night in their dreams by engaging the heart, mind, and body.

The art of prayer is explored in Prayer for Beginners, a one-of-a-kind guidebook by award-winning author Richard Webster. Whether we long to connect with God, the universe, or our Higher Self, prayer provides us with a uniquely human bridge to the divine. The simple act of lighting a candle and saying a prayer can give us the strength to get through tough times, help us find answers to life’s questions, create a deeper connection with our spiritual source, and provide us with solace and comfort during dark days.

One last book…

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 - Wellness - By Candlelight - Janina ReneeBy Candlelight is one of my very favorite books because it contains so many beautiful rituals and prayers wrapped around the lighting of candles. I absolutely love candles. Candles literally and spiritually bring us out of darkness and into the light. We use them to create a sacred space, illuminate our celebrations, and provide comfort during times of loss.

I’ve selected only a few titles out of hundreds of possible books for the body, mind, and spirit published by Llewellyn. If you didn’t find what you were looking for in this post, click here for a few additional ideas.

Of course, the best possible gift you can give anyone is you. Yes, you. Give of yourself. Be fully present this holiday season. Open your heart to family and friends. Share your love and your light with the special people in your life because it is probably what they want more than anything else you could give them.

Who knows? The gift you give this year might just change someone’s life.

Written by Brandi Palechek
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