Before reading this book, my views on trust were fairly conventional: trust is something you earn, and trust is something I am somewhat reluctant to give to others until they prove themselves. Then, Trust, Love & Pixie Dust turned my views upside down. Leslie Green shows, through her stories and explanations that Trust is not something external - it is something internal. She writes, "Trust is not in the hands of the other person. Trust comes from within you first." So I can better trust my instincts, and trust that I can deal with any situation that comes up if my judgement was not correct. And, if I am living my life in the present as Green teaches, I can see the truth of the world around me, and trust that it is ok to ask for what I need.
For Green, internal trust is not born of egoism, but rather faith in a higher power. Once again, the book surprised me. Rather than arguing for a blind faith, Green discusses engaging with the world, understanding the reality of what is, and choosing the path of love and trust. For any situation, we can look at what is lacking, what could go wrong, and surrender to fear. Green gives practical and heartfelt advice on subjects like how to avoid fear, and how to be present.
Green is a survivor - of a near drowning, several bouts with cancer, and a serious allergic reaction to name a few. The stories are gripping, as is her answer to each challenge. It's not a formula - it's an attitude.
And Pixie Dust? No spoilers here, but somehow Green weaves together her story and reflections into a magical journey to a legendary land - living in the present with radical acceptance of what is.
I must confess, when I started reading Leslie's book I thought I knew what was in it already. You see, I had been reading her blog for many months and I knew what she had written. I was more than surprised that the first chapters were nothing like anything I had read before. Love, Trust & Pixie Dust starts like a novel reminiscent of The Celestine Prophecy.
Not unlike Mark Nepo, another talented writer, Leslie uses simple words and beautiful poetic terms of phrases to draw you in to the magical world she's created. By the time you finish the book you'll know and love her family and her yellow Lab, Libby. Leslie's essays are written with do-it-yourself exercises that enable you to take the lessons off the page and into your life.
I heartily encourage you to dive into Love, Trust & Pixie Dust.
PS — If you're like me you'll look forward to the final chapters where Leslie reveals what "pixie dust" actually is. You will not be disappointed.
Somewhere deep in the hidden treasures of this book, Leslie Green tells us "there is magic to be found in adulthood. It is here in adulthood where we address the unfinished work of childhood." I love that line. It holds the promise of this book--a beautiful and magical life should we be brave enough to "let go" and look for it. Fortunately for all of us, Leslie makes that search a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. Through her deeply heartfelt and insightful stories, she paves an inspiring and practical path that leads to love, trust, surrender...and ultimately peace. If that sounds like a life you want to lead--this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
Love, Trust and Pixie dust is a remarkably personal and practical guide to emotional and spiritual well being. What sets this book apart from others in its genre, and makes it worth reading, re-reading, and gifting, is that -- at its very warm and vibrant heart -- the book is a collection of hard won lessons from the life of a "regular" modern women who has had to cope with the same trials and travails as the rest of us. By "regular," I mean the author hasn't found her truth while jet setting through European culinary meccas or by falling in love with a model while trekking the Himalayas. The author has dug out the meaning of life the way 99% of us do, with her own two hands, only she's better at it than most and talented enough to write about it in a way that is a pleasure to read. Ultimately, her's is a world of marriage, children, doctor's visits, neighbors, schools, friends and life in the suburbs. In other words, our life. The book is full of wonderful personal stories, moments of everyday crisis, and triumphs great and small. Once you get a few chapters in, it seems like the author is sitting next to you on the couch having a cup of tea, telling the stories herself, and visiting about what may be holding you back and how to let all go by trusting yourself.
After many tragic life events, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. I became synical about life and had trust issues. Reading Leslie's book & attending one of her "Love & Trust" workshops really inspired me to WANT to trust again. Her book really resonates with me. Leslie really connects with the reader on a personal level. She uses examples & stories from her own life & journey weaved throughout the book with her tips & wisdom on letting go of fears & worries, loving & trusting oneself & experiencing inner peace. This book has been a great tool for me that I often return to in moments I feel stuck & need to refocus to move on again.
I was fortunate enough to meet Leslie several times. Her presence is as equally serene as her writing. Her words and story have brought me comfort, laughter and enlightenment - all without preaching. I have read this book over and over, underlined passages, folded so many pages, starred ideas and even dropped it in the tube a few times. I cannot recommend this book enough.
This book will take you on a spiritual journey most of us long for, but are too caught up in the chaos, fear and emotions of life. Through real life stories, Leslie takes you on that journey and shows you how to let go, trust, love and experience profound peace in the midst of whatever life throws your way. This book is a true gift and I keep picking it up off the shelf when life gets a little too heavy and I need a large dose of peace.
Leslie's message is authentic, and reading this book feels like having a personal conversation with her over a cup of tea. She uses her own life experiences to show the reader how to let go and trust within yourself. It is like reading a breath of fresh air (if that is even possible).
I have given this book to many friends and family as gifts and will continue to do so to share Leslie's beautiful messages of trust and peace. Highly recommend!
I loved this book! I've always been one of those "spiritual but not religious" types but nevertheless used to find it difficult to "remember" that true peace begins with Trust. As Leslie teaches, it flows from within. What happens "out there" has nothing to do with it. She teaches us how to remember to look within and there, find it. Priceless!
I say simple because often when people write books on 'spiritual' ideas they tend to over complicate it or use bigger words or theories then a person needs etc....What I love about Leslie's book is she tells us stories of her life but also tells us clearly and simply how to make life easier for ourselves through Love and Trust with just a sprinkle of Pixie Dust! :-)