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New Year’s Gratitude Book GIVEAWAY!

December 23, 2015

bookoflightThe end of the year is upon us, and as always I am very grateful for YOU, my readers, clients, and course participants. I feel very honored to share this spiritual journey that we are all on with you, and to be allowed to play a role in your healing, empowerment and awakening process, and to receive from you in return. Many times when I myself am feeling low, I receive an email or comment from someone sharing a breakthrough they have experienced, and my own faith in our innate self-healing abilities and spiritual nature is reinforced. Truly, the potential to heal the world lies within each of us, and your bravery, compassion, and commitment to spirit inspires me every day.

I also appreciate all of your shares and likes of posts here (especially on Facebook which I cannot track individually but can see the impact of in my stats.) The internet is full of dark places and connections, but it is also full of light and love-filled ones, and I’m happy we are all able to connect here. I am not able to spend as much time social networking or commenting on blogs as I once did, but this blog still holds a special place in my heart, as do many of yours.

Books have always been a huge part of my path – indeed my first posts here were book reviews and interviews with authors, and I was first exposed to all of my major teachers and mentors through their books. For that reason, a few years ago I initiated a New Years’ Book Giveaway. Every year, I select three of my favorite books published during the year that relate to the themes of this blog, and give one copy of each away through a comment lottery.

To be entered to win, please comment with a wish for the world in 2016. The wish may be for the entire world, or one sub group (or species!) within it. As you hit ‘post’, align your intent with your wish and send it out into the world from your heart as you send it out to the internet with your click. Be sure to enter your email address so that I may contact you (although that will only show for me.) You don’t have to use your real name, that’s up to you.

On Monday, January 4th I will write down all of the emails on slips of paper, put them in a bowl, and my three children will each draw one out. You get whatever book I draw for (trust the universe on that) but you can select whether you would like a Kindle or print copy if you win.

Before I reveal the books I am giving out this year, I have a few ‘honorary mentions’ of books that I considered giving away that I would like to mention here:

Breakfast with Buddha, by Roland Merullo – part of a spiritual fiction trilogy (Lunch with Buddha, Dinner with Buddha) that combines road trips to sacred spots around the U.S. with spiritual teachings (Dinner with Buddha was released this year, the first two are older, but you would want to start with Breakfast.)

Enlightened Pregnancy: Connecting with Your Baby Spiritually, by Luisa Magarian – meditations and contemplations based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead to help a pregnant woman (and/or supporting partner or family members) connect with her baby on a spiritual level as he/she traverses the bardos.

Advanced Path: Guideposts on the Radiant Path to Liberation and Beyond, by Mu – lyrical verses to guide you on the path to awakening – or rather, to help you connect with your own inner guidance. A powerful vibration and pure wisdom radiate from this little book.

Rising Strong, by Brene Brown, social scientist and author of Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection writes wonderfully on the art of growing through mistakes, failures, and tragedy, backing up her insights with both research and real-life examples gleaned from interviews of many people. She doesn’t settle for feel-good positivity, but focuses on what works.

And here (drumroll) are the three books I’ve selected for this year’s giveaway (remember you can’t pick which you win, although you can pick Kindle or print):

ChakraYogaChakra Yoga, by Anodea Judith

A wonderful book complete with pictures on yoga asanas and related breathing and meditation practices linked to the chakras, by a reknowned pscyhologist and chakra author Anodea Judith.


BouncingForwardBouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs, by Michaela Haas

A wonderful book on post-traumatic growth, based in both research and interviews of Maya Angelou,  jazz legend and Auschwitz survivor Coco Schumann, Brigadier General and first Iraq war prisoner Rhonda Cornum, animal behaviorist and autistic author Temple Grandin, co-founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Cindi Lamb, and several more.

BigMagicBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Latest from the author of Eat, Pray, Love, this is a beautifully written and inspiring book on what it means to open beyond your fears and invite creativity to move through you. Although she focuses a lot on writing as a creative outlet, this book is really for anyone and everyone.


So please leave a comment with your wish for the world below, send it out with intent, and check back on January 4th for the winners! Allow yourself the potential to receive!

Happy holidays and New Year to you. Wishing you much love and light. Namaste

  1. December 23, 2015 5:39 pm

    My wish for the world in 2016 is to not be afraid to speak out about the fears and darkness in their lives, to “out” those secrets and destroy the power and shame they hold, and to take back that power. I feel this is especially important regarding mental health issues and domestic abuse. Nothing needs to remain a shameful secret—it is all just part of our stories, and can be used for a greater purpose.

  2. Pam permalink
    December 23, 2015 5:42 pm

    My wish for the world is grounding, wisdom, and compassion, so that we may navigate through the challenges facing our world together.
    And thank you Lisa for shining your light in the world!

  3. Nina permalink
    December 23, 2015 6:12 pm

    Lisa, you are wonderful. Thank you for this blog and your meditation sessions — they have been very helpful to me.

    My wish for the world is that human beings treat Mother Earth with reverence, respect, and care.

  4. December 23, 2015 6:32 pm

    My wish is that more people turn inward finding their own power for transformation and peace.,

  5. December 23, 2015 6:52 pm


  6. Jamie permalink
    December 23, 2015 7:34 pm

    Loving care and respect for all the fellow critters we share this world with.

  7. December 23, 2015 7:39 pm

    My wish is for personal and world PEACE.

  8. December 23, 2015 7:41 pm

    I wish 2016 to be the year of spiritual equality, seeing all humans and “animals” as souls of equal value and worth.

  9. December 23, 2015 7:42 pm

    My wish is for mankind to become more attuned to the health and wellbeing of our oceans and to take real steps to clean and restore them to their pristine state

  10. Milena D permalink
    December 23, 2015 8:48 pm

    Thank you for your inspiring work, Lisa! My wish and dream is for a world where the feminine in all its expressions within and without is revered and ravished by deep masculine consciousness. Happy Holidays!!
    Warm regards,

  11. December 23, 2015 8:56 pm

    My wish is unbridled JOY!

  12. December 23, 2015 10:58 pm

    Hope , Faith, and Love . . . Unconditionally Shared

  13. December 23, 2015 11:35 pm

    My wish is for openings, heartfelt openings, wide wide openings to greater love, greater understanding and greater joy!

  14. December 24, 2015 1:55 am

    Lovely wishes so far everyone, thank you!

  15. Nitzy permalink
    December 24, 2015 2:01 am

    My wish for the world is for us to become more compassionate and loving. To be more present and not take anyone for granted.

  16. Fang Yi permalink
    December 24, 2015 2:06 am

    My wish for the world in 2016 is joy and fulfilment !

  17. Susi Lippuner permalink
    December 24, 2015 2:35 am

    My wish is that everyone, everywhere, can awaken to the truth of their true nature, and then that they use that knowledge and energy to stop the suffering of the Earth herself, of all sentient beings, and all other forms of life.

    Thank you for the opportunity to think about this and to generate the wish and intention in this way. I feel very touched.

  18. December 24, 2015 2:35 am

    Safety, ample food, and love for every child everywhere.

  19. December 24, 2015 3:41 am

    Hi Lisa, my wish for the world is for everyone to feel a glimpse of purity of unconditional love through Acceptance of self, Acceptance of others – pure being (in the moment non judging of all people in the world)

  20. Ruthie permalink
    December 24, 2015 4:36 am

    My wish for 2016 is to share my divine feminine power and energy with the world. To live fully from my heart and allow my while authentic self to shine. No longer afraid of the darkness but rather embracing all the light that the Universe has to offer. To share my empowering energy so others can also begin a journey of healing.

  21. EMilia permalink
    December 24, 2015 11:06 am

    My desire for 2016 is to form communities -at our new home and at work- and grow with them . Thank you.

  22. Robin permalink
    December 24, 2015 3:15 pm

    Thank you for a year of wonderful insights and Isuggestions! My wish for the world is to live from and as unconditional love.

  23. mand Season permalink
    December 24, 2015 7:11 pm

    (Mine came out a bit long, but it’s what my heart wants.)

    My wish for the world in 2016: for Mother love, Gaia love, to replenish everyone.

    This kind of love cannot stay within a person, it flows through to those around them. So each person cares about, nourishes, supports their loved ones and those they encounter. Mothers avoid burn-out when buoyed by the support and love of their kith and kin… hospital nurses and doctors can keep giving… teachers and nursery workers can stay encouraging and calm… prison wardens find patience and the authority that comes from deep security… paramedics, air/sea rescuers… the patients, the refugees, the injured, the mentally ill, the lost – all are better able to resist panic, to settle and be still… those who take the calls on customer service lines…

    Everyone acting from compassion, tolerance, love that DOES without being overwhelmed. The fight in us is for the defence of others, not from fear and not for fun. Judgment or self-protection in the face of others’ suffering gives way to compassion, acceptance, and real work that makes a difference.

    The world fills with the generosity of knowing we can’t run out of love, because everyone else is there to replenish it, comforting and caring when we need rest. We remember than fun and sweetness matters in the small moments just as much as courage and sacrifice in times of great crisis. And we share happiness!

    Those in power have voted, finally, to start saving the planet, adding our species’ largest actions to the little ones. As we show her a little more kindness, more active care, she will repay it willingly and massively! This is my vision and my wish for the coming year. As we spread the vision, the joy follows. ❤

  24. Meaghan permalink
    December 24, 2015 9:25 pm

    I just discovered you through a kindle book, and though I’ve only read the introduction, I am grateful for your approach in healing.

    My wish for the world in 2016 is for people to find the courage to look beyond their lives and accompanying joys and sorrows to see the oppression and injustice inflicted on others, and find the bravery to step beyond the comfort of their small worlds to heal those of others, and find meaning, gratitude and authentic happiness through that.

  25. Bella permalink
    December 25, 2015 3:44 am

    My wish for the women, all females of the world is to discover, embody, understand, own, nurture, and express her power in and through her 2nd chakra with pure love consciousness. My wish for the men, all males of the world is to respect, revere and protect the feminine in all forms.

    Lisa, I just found your blog this evening, Christmas eve 2015, as I searched for “owning your 2nd chakra”. I experienced a healing in this wounded part of myself that has had endless consequences for myself, my loved ones, the world…and I am committed to nurturing and protecting this powerful center.

    I believe I might be your newest fan and I am stunned by the breadth and depth of your work and writing on subjects I hold dear. Thank you.

  26. Fina permalink
    December 26, 2015 3:10 am

    Universal healing of hearts

  27. Emese permalink
    December 26, 2015 8:57 am

    I wish lot’s of love for Mama Gaia. I hope we can all heal ourselves little by little so that she can heal to.

  28. corestarme permalink
    December 26, 2015 7:06 pm

    Connection; union; oneness; completeness.

  29. Jill h permalink
    December 26, 2015 10:52 pm

    Balance for both ourselves and nature

  30. December 27, 2015 5:08 am

    My wish is for all of humanity, but especially women, to connect with their inner Divine Feminine and walk in that power.

  31. December 27, 2015 8:18 am

    My wish for the world is that fear, anger and pain be transmuted into acceptance and love; to relieve the suffering of all beings.

  32. Amanuel permalink
    December 28, 2015 1:16 am

    May this New Year be ease for the suffering and despaire of humanity and be a glimse of elightment and trasformation to the next level. May God be with us. Happy New Year

  33. Ama permalink
    December 28, 2015 1:22 am

    May this New Year be ease for the suffering and despaire of humanity and be a glimse of elightment and trasformation to the next level. May God be with us. Happy New Year to all of us

  34. Kandice permalink
    December 28, 2015 4:49 am

    Greetings Mystic Mama and family,
    Thank you for this offering!

    My wish for our world would have to be peace, love, healing and understanding.

    Have a wonderful new year!

  35. December 28, 2015 4:17 pm

    Many thanks for this opportunity, Lisa!

    My wish for the world in 2016 is that all humans everywhere open themselves up to the light within, that they may shine their light outwardly for others who are still seeking that light. May we accept and embrace the darkness so that the light of love and understanding and Truth can shine even more brightly.

  36. December 29, 2015 3:02 am

    My wish for 2016 is to live in the moment. It sounds so much easier said than done, but it’s something I struggle with, especially being sick and wishing that I could just skip ahead. But time goes by too quickly and even though I’m not where I want to be, I’m here and I need to take advantage of that instead of letting it slip by. Not easy, but so necessary and important. Wishing you a fantastic 2016!

  37. Brittany permalink
    December 29, 2015 3:03 am

    So so so so so much light, love, and gratitude for this space and for you, Lisa!

    My wish for the world is that we all awaken to recognize that we are co-creatively dreaming our current reality, that we create effective change when we commit to changing ourselves <333

  38. Naomi permalink
    December 29, 2015 8:26 pm

    My wish is for peace. A deep seated peace that grows in understanding, acceptance and love.

    Thank you for your work Lisa. This is my first time commenting but I’ve been following you for a few weeks now. I’m beginning my spiritual journey and I’m glad your work has been put on my path.

    Blessings to you & your family this new year 🙂

  39. Annemieke permalink
    December 30, 2015 10:30 am

    May all beings connect with their heart ♥

  40. December 30, 2015 4:42 pm

    I wish that more of the world would wake up and realize that if everyone doesn’t start making an effort to treat this planet and all beings with respect, especially with regard to our forests, oceans and waterways, it will be too late to save what is left of our beautiful planet for our children and our descendants.

  41. January 1, 2016 7:57 pm

    My wish is for the adults in this world to be healed so we can care for the children.

  42. Karen permalink
    January 2, 2016 5:00 am

    Hi Lisa,
    My wish for humanity is that we can learn to love and accept each others differences, that we can be grateful for our own uniqueness whilst honoring one another.
    Thank you!

  43. January 3, 2016 12:59 am

    Thank you everyone for your lovely wishes for the world. It was wonderful to come back from the holiday break and read them all. I will do the drawing on Monday January 4th at 9pm PST. More entries welcome until then! Happy New Year! – Lisa

  44. Bonnie CHARLTON permalink
    January 3, 2016 11:44 am

    I was looking on amazon for some exercises to release blocks in the sacral chakra as this year I am creating a movement meditation and music workshop for women to express and connect with their inner power. I was so blessed to come across your free download for releasing trauma thank you!! Xx would you be happy for me to share this once I have learnt the techniques. I wish for the world to be brought back into divine balance and harmony for the balance between feminine and male energies to become aligned and for the regeneration of nature for our planet to survive and thrive. So our children and grandchildren can have happy healthy lives on this beautiful earth that provides all we need.
    Thank you!

  45. January 5, 2016 5:21 am

    Congratulations to this year’s winners:

    Chakra Yoga – Johnine
    Bouncing Forward – Katie D. Rosenthal
    Big Magic – KDKH

    I will contact you by email to arrange your receipt of your book.

    Thank you to everyone for their beautiful wishes – may they all come to fruition in 2016!

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