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Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose Hardcover – October 21, 2014
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“Your Hidden Riches is a book that will give you the tools to unlock the mysteries and joys of life.”
- Paulo Coelho, NY Times bestselling author of The Alchemist whose books have sold over 150 million copies
“We all want a balance between work and family, between rest and activity, between financial success and a sense of meaning. Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have provided a practical, yet profound, manual for achieving a meaningful, balanced life. This book will transform the way you think about ritual and show you how to harness it's power.”
- Jack Canfield, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles
“The only problems that exist are the ones in our minds. When rituals allow us to take the mind to a deeper place, then we soon discover there are no problems, only more opportunities for joy. In Your Hidden Riches, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have shown how anyone can harness the power of ritual to discover your hidden riches within and create a problem-free, joyful life.”
- Don Miguel Ruiz, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Four Agreements
“Your Hidden Riches is a gateway into a wonderful world of conscious, meaningful ritual. There's a reason the world's most accomplished people incorporate ritual into their lives to help them achieve peak performance, to stay calm under pressure, and to have balance in their lives. This book shows you why.”
- Dr. John Gray, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus
“A healthy life requires creating a healthy rhythm to your life. In Your Hidden Riches, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood will show you how to use the power of rituals to create and sustain your own unique life rhythm so that your life flows with ease and grace.”
- Dr. Daniel Amen, #1 NY Times bestselling author of
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
“Rituals have been among the most valuable and wonderful parts of my life since I was a child. Thank goodness, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have made them so accessible, and so relevant to the lives of anyone who is feeling the pressures of our fast-moving modern world. If you know you need more balance in your life, you will love Your Hidden Riches.”
- Marci Shimoff, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Happy for No Reason
“There can be no enduring success and positive emotion in life without well-designed rituals that support our happiness and growth. In this stunningly insightful and useful book, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood reveal this timeless truth and teach us how to use rituals to live a more fulfilling and fully charged life. Your Hidden Riches is a must-read for any serious student of personal development.”
- Brendon Burchard, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge
“Chris and Janet have revealed to us a vital missing link in most of our lives. The old rituals have faded, yet the new rituals of meaning, depth, revelation, love, energy, joy are arising. We can partake of them to evolve ourselves, our lives and our world. Please read this book and take the steps open to you to reveal the deeper meaning of the passion in your heart and the mysterious purpose of your life.”
- Barbara Marx Hubbard, Futurist and Co-founder, Foundation for Conscious Evolution
"Good mental and physical health is grounded in creating healthy patterns in your life--in your eating, your exercise, your sleeping habits and more. In Your Hidden Riches, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have provided a useful and practical guidebook for incorporating simple rituals into your life to create and sustain such healthy patterns."
- JJ Virgin, NY Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet
“It was only when Janet and Chris Attwood introduced me to Your Hidden Riches that I realized that Rule #1 investing is so powerful because it is grounded in a set of rituals that make sure you never lose money. Now we consciously use those rituals every day. This book will give you the tools to create breakthroughs in every important area of your life.
- Phil Town, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Rule #1
“What a profound, yet practical book! Your Hidden Riches is a book that will take you deep into the meaning and purpose of your life, and give you practical tools for connecting with the things that matter most to you at the same time.”
- Mary Morrissey, Bestselling Author of No Less Than Greatness and Founder of the Life Mastery Institute
“My research on rituals has helped demonstrate that rituals create tangible and measurable effects in the human physiology, yet much of the richness and power of ritual has been lost amidst the pressures and requirements of our modern world. Your Hidden Riches is an excellent book to help anyone reestablish the power of ritual in their lives to reconnect with a sense of inner peace and calm in the midst of a busy, hectic life.”
- Dr. Andrew Newberg, Bestselling author of How God Changes Your Brain, Director of Research, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
“I've had the good fortune to be exposed to the tremendous power of ritual as practiced by some of the most ancient cultures on earth. Now, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have opened that power to everyone in Your Hidden Riches. This book is a must-read!”
- Lynne Twist, Best-selling and award-winning author of The Soul of Money, Co-Founder of the Pachamama Alliance and former chief fundraiser for The Hunger Project
“By extolling the all in the small, Your Hidden Riches offers a brilliant template for the ideal life. Through compelling true-life stories, it demonstrates the immense power of daily rituals to generate love, friendship, happiness and success. Read this book. It will hand you the ultimate prescription for living.”
- Lynne McTaggart, Bestsellling author of The Field and The Intention Experiment
“Beauty rituals make us feel good, they give us a break from the rush and push of our world so that we take a moment to breathe and see the beauty within all of creation. In Your Hidden Riches - Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose, Janet Bray-Attwood, Chris Attwood and Sylva Dvorak, PhD provide the formula of ritual to achieve real beauty which is both inside and outside.”
- Dawn Gallagher, Author of Nature's Beauty Secrets, TV host and former supermodel who has appeared on over 300 magazine covers
About the Author
JANET BRAY ATTWOOD and CHRIS ATTWOOD are coauthors of the New York Times bestseller The Passion Test. With over 1,200 facilitators in more than 50 countries, The Passion Test has become the #1 tool used worldwide to help people discover their passions and connect with purpose. Founding members of the Transformational Leadership Council and Expert’s Industry Association, the two are recognized as leaders in the transformational industry. They have shared the stage with the likes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hsieh, Nobel Laureate F. W. de Klerk, and many others. The Attwoods were supported in creating Your Hidden Riches by Dr. Sylva Dvorak. Dr. Sylva’s rich background in the science and practice of ritual along with her degree in Psychoneurology and Integrative Healing helped provide the depth and breadth of this powerful book.
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"Your Hidden Riches"
Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose
by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, with Sylva Dvorak, PH.D
From the cowriters of "The Passion Test" comes "Your Hidden Riches".
We all have them, sometimes we don't even realize why we continue to do them but we do. Rituals are a big part of everyone's life. Whether it's church on Sunday, a special routine in the morning before going to work, a good luck ritual before a football game...rituals pop up everywhere.
Wouldn't it be great if we could set up our rituals to what we needed them to do? Well in steps "Your Hidden Riches". This book helps the reader understand just what an important part in our lives that our rituals play.
This book will guide you through the following ritual types:
Rituals for Magical Relationships
Rituals for Diet, Health, and Beauty
The Art of Creating Wealth Through Ritual
Ceremonial Rituals and the Seasons of Life
Rituals for a Close Family Circle
At the end of each section the authors are sure to give you a "Ritual Practice" where they turn it over to the reader by having the reader attempt a task related to that section and to keep notes on what you notice.
Mommy in PA: This was a very good read. I found it a little less humorous than some of my favorite positive thinking reads but I can easily overlook that fact with the fact that I definitely felt like I learned a thing or two from this book.
I was also very interested to find out about these authors being the ones who coauthored "The Passion Test". I had seen that book come up on a book site before as something I could have requested but at the time I thought it wasn't what I was looking for. Now after reading "Your Hidden Riches" I am definitely going to have to order myself a copy : )
I love how the authors give you a lot of extra information to look up. I recommend going online and checking out the different sites they refer you to, there is a ton of good info out there that goes right along with the reading.
My absolute favorite part of this book is the part where they tell you to basically always look for the good in every bad situation. I actually expressed this to my children and we have all been working at it. One morning I went out to my kitchen to get a glass and another one ended up falling over and rolling off the shelf and into the sink, smashing instantly. Now the old me would have been very upset about this, I know it's just a glass but I hate having items that I need get ruined over some stupid little screw up. Well the new me just picked up the broken pieces and put them into a container (so the garbage guy wouldn't get cut) and moved on with my task at hand. My son spoke up and said "It doesn't matter mom because that glass was one we didn't really use anyway" and I agreed and added "Look at all of the extra room I have on the shelf now". Thanks to this book we are making some positive changes : )
My intention is to be led by my spirit, and not my ego, in life. Easier said than done. Until I read Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose I didn't realize the value of ritual to connect to my spiritual side. Authors Janet Bray Atwood and Chris Atwood have created a wonderful guide for recognizing and practicing ritual in our day to day lives.
"Your hidden potential is woven into the secret patterning of your life," say the authors. "The answers to your deepest questions and most cherished hopes aren't somewhere outside you. Life is the answer to life. You must connect with that part of you where these answers, your riches, lie." How to do that? Through ritual, they believe.
In reading Hidden Riches I became aware of behaviors I do often - I just didn't call them "rituals". My meditation practice, for example, is a personal ritual. More than just a new label for a common behavior, though, the book reaffirmed the value of my meditation practice to me, and encouraged me to be more consistent with it. A ritual, after all, is not done haphazardly, but is repeated in a regular pattern.
Rituals do not have to be lofty spiritual practices, either. I liked how the authors gave examples of other types of rituals. One parent, for instance, asks three questions to her five year old as a bed time ritual:
"What is the best thing that happened to you today? What was the worst thing that happened to you today? What was the silliest thing that happened to you today?"
The parent was surprised when her child turned the question back on her - "what's the silliest thing you did today, Mommy?" - which led to the Mom to reevaluate her daily routine. "I couldn't remotely remember anything silly," the Mom said, "In that moment I realized I hadn't been silly enough during my day. From that moment I looked for silly, fun, light moments I could share (with my son). His bedtime ritual has unexpectedly changed my life." This story got me thinking of the rituals I do with my family and to give them the high priority they deserve.
"What you are drawn to, what you are passionate about, what you are good at, are all part of the unique design of your life," say the authors. "When you are aligned with the design, you feel joyful, fulfilled, and purposeful." Who wouldn't want that for his or her life? If paying more attention to ritual can get me there, I'm all for it. Your Hidden Riches led me to reevaluate my current rituals, and think of new ones to implement, too.