Renegate Beauty – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 10

Renegate Beauty - 10 #books to rebuild our life Series - 10 Claire Samuel

First, I love that Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance–Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations is dedicated to Nadine Artemis’ sisters.

Then Renegate Beauty reminds us that comparison is a killer, whether it is comparison with how we should look or comparison with other women. It was utterly fascinating to read the story of how Nadine Artemis discovered essential oils, after a detour in Paris (and its perfumes) and her upbringing close to nature (she was already making potions when she was a little girl).

Renegate Beauty insists on the benefits of the sun for all nature, including human beings. This touches me deeply as I am preparing to move and live south for this specific reason: to be able to be outside more and to feel the golden beloved sun on my skin. As regard to the water element, it was fascinating to learn that our brain and our hearts contain 73% of water. Then, there is a chapter about the Air element before the Earth element. Again, I am moving out of Paris because I need to breathe more oxygen. It is also a beauty decision!

Moreover, Renegate Beauty initiates us to vitalism, which I understand as a true communion between us and nature and the entire cosmos.

Above all, the best beauty secret actually resides in a healthy colon, which contains beneficial bacteria. I feel encouraged to carry on my regular enemas.

Furthermore, I was shocked by the eye-opener chapter about breast health and it should be required reading for every woman.

Why is this book life changing? Because having the confidence not to wear make up is very recent for me. I spent my teenage years to cover my skin with a thick layer of chemical cosmetics, thinking I was ugly without them. Whenever I look at photos of the old me with so much make-up on, the contrast is striking. Indeed, today my face looks cleaner and sharper, in the purity of the absence of make-up.

I highly recommend this beautiful book by Nadine Artemis, which is adorned by stunning photography, full of purity, grace and beauty.

Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance--Beauty Secrets, Solutions, and Preparations Claire Samuel

I am sharing my coconut oil cleaning ritual and many more great beauty secrets in the playlist I created for you called “Beauty: natural, pure, minimalist, simple and healthy“.

As mentioned in the video, I stopped wearing underwired bras and feel so much better since. I share this in the video called “Bye bye underwire bras and hello self care or the end of suffering for beauty“.

 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 9

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom - 10 #books to rebuild our life Series - 9 Claire Samuel

I read The Four Agreements one year after having escaped a dangerous and toxic relationship and one year prior going back to college to become a lawyer. This book literally changed my life. The four core life principles are:

  1. May we be impeccable with our word: I teach my children that their mouth shall be clean both ways. As much as we strive to feed ourselves the most nourishing food, we must strive to talk in a respectful way, without bad language, making sure we do not hurt the feelings of others with the words we speak,
  2. May we do not take anything personally: other people criticism and judgement of ourselves has in fact nothing to do with us, we are their mirror so how they behave towards us only means so much as regard to them, their mindset and their values,
  3. May we do not make assumptions: again, judgement is useless because if only we could take a bird’s-eye view, we could see all the missing data on a given situation, we cannot see the full picture so may we keep an open mind and an open heart while walking bravely on the path, even if they are some circumstances which we cannot understand fully right now, and
  4. May we always do our best: may be honestly assess if we have given our all to something, if the answer is yes, we are enough, and we can be proud of ourselves sister.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Claire Samuel

The Four Agreements Toltec Wisdom Collection: 3-Book Boxed Set - Claire Samuel

In Search of Wisdom – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 8

In Search of Wisdom - 10 #books to rebuild our life Series - 8

I was eager to read this book by Christophe André, Matthieu Ricard and Alexandre Jollien. I gave my first book written by Christophe Andre to a very special person, as I recall in my book, because I admire this author so much. I especially loved the advice as regard to listening, cultivating gratitude and letting go of ego. However, I do try not to make an enemy of my ego. It is a part of me, as are my shadows.

In Search of Wisdom: A Monk a Philosopher and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most is a beautiful book which contains pragmatic advice at the end of each chapter. I loved it.

In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d’Allones 2:2

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d'Allones 2:2 Claire Samuel

In the second part of the French interview, Chantal Revault d’Allones and I talk about how we are already past the domination and competition world. We already entered the area of cooperation and collaboration between human beings, women and men together. We are truly interdependent. If you read French, enjoy “Patriarcat : fin de partie“.

 

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d'Allones 1:2

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d’Allones 1:2

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d'Allones 1:2

In the first part of the French interview, Chantal Revault d’Allones and I talk about the way patriarchy or domination by men is a social construct through which humans have seen and thought the world for many centuries. Domination leads to violence, abuse and damage to the planet. If you read French, enjoy “Patriarcat : fin de partie” and the original interview that was done on YouTube in French.

#Patriarchy: game over Interview with Chantal Revault d'Allones 1:2

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 6

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost - 10 #books to rebuild our life Series - 6 Claire Samuel

Rebuilding our life implies identifying our own core values, in an intense and clear manner. Knowing who we are also allows us to become a better mother. Children are a mirror of who we are. May we be strong and trustful in our education principles, even before we give birth. Such self-knowledge can help us to build our life, to rebuild our life and to build the life of our child. A huge thank you to Jean Liedloff for a revolutionary book “The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost“.

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost Claire Samuel

Calling in “The One” – 10 #books to rebuild our life Series – 5

Calling in "The One" - 10 #books to rebuild our life Series - 5 Claire Samuel

I read “Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life” by Katherine Woodward Thomas during a one-week yoga retreat in Hammamet, Tunisia in 2013. I was heartbroken after having met a fantastic man, who was in fact unavailable. My pain was eased thanks to this great book, which goes very deep into our childhood, trauma healing and creating a new reality. I read it several times since then. Katherine Woodward Thomas has recently written a new book called “Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After“.

Calling in "The One": 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life Claire Samuel

Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After Claire Samuel