Gem Bookshelf: Intuitive Fasting, Dr. Will Cole

Published in 2021, the book is a New York Times bestseller.

Some text straight from The Intuitive Fasting:

“Your goal during Week 4 is to rebalance the most intricate hormones in your system, which means you are tailoring your approach to support:

• Improved thyroid and sex hormone health • Leptin and ghrelin balance, which means balanced hunger signals • Healthy melatonin and serotonin production, which means better sleep and a healthier mood.

One of the biggest focuses this week is on cultivating a healthier relationship with food and with yourself.

You can do this by practicing awareness – awareness of your thoughts and feelings about food.

Ask yourself: What habits were really serving me before this plan and which ones were not? Consider which thought patterns you would like to leave behind and which you want to bring forward.

As you move through this last week of the plan and decide how you’re going to incorporate intermittent fasting into your life, listen to that quiet voice inside you, your intuition.

At this point, you’ll have established some metabolic flexibility and you can trust your intuition about what your body needs. If you feel better eating more carbs, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you enjoy the way you feel on the keto diet long-term, have at it! This week is about slowing down, showing yourself some love, and coming up with a plan that works for you in the long term.”

X Johanna

GEM Bookshelf: The Chemist, Stephenie Meyer

Published in 2016, The Chemist is Meyer’s novel for adult-readers along with The Host.

Stephenie Meyer is a remarkable writer who lets the words describe a world she wants the reader to see.

Now, being a very visual person myself, you kind of visualise the scenes.

Keeping that in mind that Meyer is such a good author, it got me through an audiobook of The Chemist.

The protagonist (changes her name constantly) is a former spy in the CIA, and the torture scenes (seeing it visually, mind you!) are just brutal. I don’t think there has ever come across a situation, where I have hoped for the main character to get (a beating) what they deserved. Unusually, that was new. Just again shows Meyer-writing.

Then you have to wonder, How does one write in such a way, without actually being on the run or an ex spy. For I know that Meyer is a Mom of 3 (she in fact wrote Twilight with then one being 1 years old or writing when they were asleep at night, in three months..o.m.g like what?), so she must really envision everything.

In fact, I would have to genuinely be that person and live like them to bring them in life, to honestly know what I’d be writing about. So you have that question of How.

How? The Meyer way.

X Johanna

GEM Bookshelf: A Woman Makes A Plan, Maye Musk

“When I was spending my July holidays in the Kalahari Desert as a child, I didn’t imagine I would be doing high fashion in America in my 70s. #AWomanMakesAPlan Yet your life changes, and you need to make another plan. Aim for happiness ⁦@IMGmodels#ItsGreatToBe71

Quote+Pic+The featured image (c) Twitter @mayemusk

Maye was a guest on a podcast by Vishen (The Mindvalley podcast with Vishen) and he called her a force to be reckon with. I could not agree more. Just couldn’t.

As getting to know her story and read the book, you cannot help but wonder HOW on earth did she manage that? For example, I now think about situations like: ‘How would Maye do this?’

In short (well you really need to get to know the story, so far), her mother and father were Canadians, where her father bought a plane. Then they moved to South-Africa, and with five kids explored the world, so to say. As Maye and her twin sister Kaye were so little, they often didn’t participate in the travels. Maye’s father searched for lost cities.

Except for the Kalahari desert trip they all went. The family spent weeks sleeping outside with lions and hyenas coming close to the camp.

That right there is why Maye and all her children (Kimbal, Tosca and Elon) are so fearless. Because Maye’s parents were, and when you grow up in a family like that…Well… Their motto was and is: “Living dangerously–carefully.”

“We never lit a fire and ate only canned food and bread. Sleep was limited, because at night, the cattle kept trying to lick our faces or steal our blankets. Perhaps that’s why it never bothered me to share a small apartment with my children.” (About the experiences in the Kalahari Desert)

“At fifteen, I had been told I’d be done by eighteen, and at seventy-one, I’m the biggest I’ve ever been. What I’ve learned is that you can always find a way. You can always make another plan. Of course, it took time for me to learn, and I’m still learning!” (Maye about modelling)

Going back to Canada, the family had barely nothing. Tosca (15) had sold pretty much everything, while Maye was out of town. Tosca was heading to Canada because Elon was already there. Living from a pay check to a pay check, eating lots of peanut butter sandwiches and bean soups to survive (Maye herself is a dietitian/nutritionist and Kimbal of course became a chef). This ‘roughing it’ was nothing new though. Elon said he lived a dollar per day on a podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

What a first Gem book of the year to kick-start 2022 with! O.m.g. Now, how would Maye spend 2022? Off to find out.

X Johanna

GEM BOOKSHELF: Becoming supernatural, Dr. Joe Dispenza

In 1986 Dispenza got into a bicycle/car collading accident, where six of his spinal vertebraes took a hit. In a hospital, wasn’t able to move, his doctors suggested a surgery and said that he’ll never walk again. Although that kind of surgery was going to be even worse healing-wise, so he decided not to go through with it.

That’s when he developed his theory of the mind-body connection. The first 6,5 weeks was ‘a rookie face’, where he lost focus in going through each vertebrae for 3 hours a day, and had to start all over again.

After 10 weeks he was walking again, and after 12 weeks back to training.

There’s one more person on my top 10 list, who after such a bad occasion, really was dedicated to focusing on healing, and taking notes for a real change, and going forward to their dreams r i g h t n o w.

And that’s Kimbal Musk.

X Johanna

GEM BOOKSHELF: Women who run with the wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Born in 1945, and as well as an author, but also a Jungian psychoanalyst. (Side note: on Frasier btw, Frasier is a Freudian and Niles is a Jungian).

The book (1992) remained on New York Times Bestseller – list for 145 weeks. I’ve had a copy of this book ~7 years now, and as it has about 508 pages, so this’ll be somewhat short. To actually embody the life, well.. surely you can begin to read about it, but living is more than reading, right?

Here’s couple of highlights:

☆ “When we assert intuition, we are therefore like the starry night: we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes.”

“It is also a good idea for women to count their ages, not by years, but by battle scars. ‘How old are you?’ people sometimes ask me. ‘I am seventeen battle scars old,’ I say. Usually people don’t flinch, and rather happily begin to count up their own battle scar ages accordingly.”

X Johanna

GEM BOOKSHELF: THE 5AM CLUB, ROBIN SHARMA

Robin Sharma — born in 1964 in Canada. The 5am Club is one of his books. Originally a lawyer. He has a very business-like mind in which he thinks and writes.

A selection of highlights from the first four chapters:

“..the world needs more heroes and why wait for them—when you have it in you to become one. Starting today.

“We will have eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.” – Amy Carmichael

“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be . . . I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope that you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Do not allow your fire to go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not at all. Do not let the hero of your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It is yours.” – Ayn Rand

“Life’s too short to play small with your talents.”

“Limitation is nothing more than a mentality.”

“I get that you might be feeling things haven’t turned out the way you thought they would when you were a little kid, full of fire, desire and wonder. You didn’t plan on each day looking the same, did you? In a job that might be smothering your soul. Dealing with stressful worries and endless responsibilities that stifle your originality and steal your energy. Lusting after unimportant pursuits and hungry for the instant fulfillment of trivial desires, often driven by a technology that enslaves us instead of liberating us. Living the same week a few times and calling it a life. I need to tell you that too many among us die at thirty and are buried at eighty. So I do get you. You hoped things would be different. More interesting. More exciting. More fulfilling, special and magical.”

“..you’re exactly where you need to be to receive the growth necessary for you to lead the unusually productive, extremely prodigious and exceptionally influential life that you’ve earned through your hardest trials. Nothing is wrong at this moment, even if it feels like everything’s falling apart. If you sense your life’s a mess right now, this is simply because your fears are just a little stronger than your faith. With practice you can turn down the volume of the voice of your scared self. And increase the tone of your most triumphant side.

“Her eyes looked sad, from old hurts that had never been healed.”

“And jail would be interesting. I’d probably meet some cool people in there.”

“The moment when you most feel like giving up is the instant when you must find it in you to press ahead.”

“You get to grow.

“Failure’s just growth in wolf’s clothing.”

“Most of us in this age spend our most valuable hours being busy.”

“…and that is my friends how you soar with the angels. And walk alongside the gods.”

X Johanna

GEM BOOKSHELF: THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF, BRUCE LIPTON

Book’s cover:

“It has been 10 years since the publication of The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton’s seminal book on the relationship between mind and body that changed the way we think about our lives, our health and our planet. During that time, research in this field has grown exponentially – Lipton’s ground-breaking experiments have now been endorsed by more than a decade of scientific study.

In this greatly expanded edition, Lipton, a former medical school professor and research scientist, explores his own experiments and those of other leading-edge scientists that have unravelled in ever greater detail how truly connected the mind, body and spirit are. It is now widely recognised that genes and DNA do not control our biology. Instead, they are controlled by signals outside the cell, including energetic messages emanating from our thoughts.

This profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics puts the power to create a healthy, joyous life back in our own hands. When we transform our conscious and subconscious thoughts, we transform our lives, and in the process help humanity evolve to a new level of understanding and peace.

X Johanna