Outrageous Openness was our February read for The Self-Love Book Club and I have to admit, it took me by surprise. We chose it at the recommendation of Nikola, my co-host for the London group and I went into it feeling skeptical. I have conflicted feelings about the universe or divine source, or whatever you want to call it. On the one hand, I . But on the other, I'm a staunch believer that life is ultimately the product of your choices and your actions. No more, no less. So anything that preaches just trusting the universe to take care of you, feels a bit too woo-woo for me.
But Tosha Silver blends a belief in divine guidance with a knowledge of the need to step up and do your part to make things happened. The book is peppered with anecdotes and humour, alongside prayers and rituals for becoming more in-tune with the flow of life. It was came as a welcome reminder not hold on so tightly to outcomes and instead to view unexpected twists or "setbacks" as opportunities in disguise. It's a quick read and since finishing it, I've found myself applying this wisdom to release my stranglehold on how I want things to be and instead to enjoy things how they are.
It seems like most of us were pleasantly surprised by what this book had to offer. Here's what a couple of the other girls had to say:
"My first impression of Outrageous Openness was one of cynicism. A book that's talking to me about the Divine Source surely won't have anything concrete and actionable to teach me. I couldn't have been more wrong. The simple act of reading the book was like taking a deep breath and then letting it all out again. A relief. Permission to relax and loosen my shoulders. The words were a comfort to me at a time when I particularly needed them, and I will continue to look back at the book when I want to remind myself that the Universe, Divine Source, or whatever you'd like to call it, has got my back." - Rebecca Hunter
"Outrageous Openness was inspiring, a delightful arrangement of wisdom in the form of rehashing tiny stories of relevance. Not being religious myself, but always feeling spiritual, I have often cringed at the thought of people who blindly put all of their hope in God. However, now I've come to see that this can be a spiritual practice of attuning yourself with the highest vibrations in the universe and releasing yourself to that higher calling, which is quite different from trusting God out of fear or a crushing thought of a predetermined future. I think tapping into the Divine Source in the way described could prove to be very enlightening!" - Colette Hanson
Have you read Outrageous Openness? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
And if you'd like to join us our next few books are The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks in March, Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts: How to Use the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World by Regena Thomashauer in April, and Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck in May. You can join our discussion on Facebook or meet up with us in person in London!
Love, almond milk lattes, & dog-eared pages,
Photograph by Meegan.