Or gurus. Or sages. Or wise women. I find occasional doses of wisdom and positive energy are absolutely essential for keeping my equilibrium. Here are a few of my favorites. Most have books, and some even tweet.
Sarah Ban Breathnach. From SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, her life has taken an interesting turn. There are loads of object lessons in her story, and in PEACE AND PLENTY she shares exactly how low she fell after her initial success. But if anyone can pick herself up and rise above, she will.
Martha Beck. Beck writes a monthly column for Oprah’s magazine, and I’ve torn out most of them. Beck has a unique way of looking at things. Her upside down perspective to problems is sometimes just the ticket for a tricky situation–particularly if it’s one that keeps coming back around.
Kimberly Wilson. Wilson is a yoga teacher and philanthropist, entrepreneur and fashion designer. Her blog and podcasts are engaging and she takes full delight in being a girlie girl who loves pink and chandelier earrings as much as she loves Eastern philosophy.
Alexandra Stoddard. I started reading her decorating books years ago, but along the way she evolved into a lifestyle guru as well. She gives a lot of practical advice as well as some thoughtful philosophy.
Jennifer Louden. Louden is the first self-help (God, I hate that term, don’t you?) author who pointed out the dangers of “shadow comforts”–those things you THINK are good for you but are really diverting you from your purpose. She’s down to earth, witty, and a little ruthless about stripping away the security blankets, in a good way!
Marianne Williamson. The most philosophical of the writers I read. She blends traditional religion with modern spirituality and loads of compassion.
Who are your mentors, chickens?