Reading spiritual books can be a big part of your everyday self-care. They provide calm to your soul and give you guidance on the next steps on your spiritual journey. Finding books that are right for us can be challenging. You want insightful books, but you also want to relate to the author. As a Black female, I constantly see people looking for books with Black authors to connect to their inner selves. I’m happy that I can share a list like this to help you continue on your journey!
These 8 books with Black authors focus on wellness and spirituality and can help guide you on your inner journey.
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Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma by Dr. Gail Parker
Restorative Yoga for Ethnic and Race-Based Stress and Trauma shares several different ways that Yoga can contribute to healing emotional trauma. This book invites yoga instructors and therapists to be open to the psychological impact that ethnic and race-based stress and trauma can cause a person. It helps in the process of discovering and healing emotional wounds.
Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses for Every Type of Body by Dianne Bondy
Yoga for Everyone: 50 Poses For Every Type of Body shares how Yoga can be for every type of body. No matter who you are, what you look like, or your body type, you can do every pose in this book. It shares several versions of different poses that focus on mental and physical health benefits.
The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee
The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love works as an action guide that gives its readers all the tools and structure needed to deepen their self-love. The Workbook creates an outlet. It helps to break down emotions by giving them access to a lifestyle rooted in love. The book guides readers to move beyond thinking and into doing and being all about self-love.
In Daily Reflections on Addiction, Yoga, and Getting Well, Rolf Gates shares personal essays and daily prompts that bring on self-reflection. The book focuses on healing from addiction.
Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Practices of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Healthy Living by Rolf Gates
People are turning to the ancient practice of Yoga to deal with the everyday pressures of a hectic world. Rolf Gates brings 20 years of teaching experience to Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion. It allows the reader to explore how to take Yoga and integrate it into every aspect of your life.
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
In My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem helps us recognize that racism is not just about our thoughts but also, our bodies. It helps us to see what we can do to grow beyond this racial divide.
Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Mind Body and Spirit by Queen Afua
In Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit, Queen Afua teaches us how to love our bodies by spiritualizing our words. She guides us to heal ourselves, our communities, and our world.
Yoga, Meditations and Spiritual Growth for the African American community by Daya Devi- Doolin
Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African American Community: If You Can Breathe You Can Do Yoga and Find Inner and Outer Peace is for the everyday person. The person who works, has a family (or not), and wants to live a stress-free, happy, and healthy.
Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us by Justin Michael Williams
In Stay Woke: A Meditation Guide for the Rest of Us, Justin Michael Williams guides you in creating a meditation ritual that fits your busy life. Even if you have never tried it before, this book shows you how you can fit it into your modern life.
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