5 Books to Read on Your Journey of Self-Discovery

Human beings have a natural curiosity that makes them expand their knowledge and a survival instinct that makes them look for a better perspective and helps them evolve . We have plentiful ways to cease our curiosity not just through experiences but through literary knowledge as well.

At some point in life, all of us have questions like Who Am I? What is the meaning of this existence? What are we supposed to endure in the journey of life? How do I find my passion?

The journey to self-discovery is different for each individual, but the challenges and hardships one endures are similar in many ways. 

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People start their quests of finding answers to such questions in various ways, one of which is delving into various sects of literature.

Books about self-discovery can really help gain new perspective about life. These books can comfort, inspire, captivate and motivate as readers on similar journeys rifle through their pages.

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Here is a list of books for you to start your journey of self-discovery:

  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher K. Germer
  • The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • You, Disrupted by Todd Mitchem
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Let’s look at what each of these books has to offer:

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher K. Germer

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When you are anxious, sad, angry, or frustrated, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? 

"Accept your pain and show compassion and understanding to yourself ", the author emphasises the importance of raising awareness of the breath work, body, and environment, and he offers some exercises on these issues. 

The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz

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In this book, the author shares insightful stories to help us recover from emotional wounds and help us do away with assumptions and fear-based beliefs.

We learn to restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to love relationships, by learning to be in the moment. The Mastery of Love is not just about love; it is about awareness, awakening, and self-respect too. 

You, Disrupted by Todd Mitchem

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Todd Mitchem talks about how to keep going when life pulls you down and how to make your own opportunities in life. 

He has a five-step philosophy that has been used by top CEOs and brands that changes the way to see your coworkers, friends, and partner and will help to cope with life and it's challenges. 

Todd Mitchem dares his readers to step outside their comfort zone and disrupt everything they take for granted. He calls this willingness of taking a risk "Disruption Effect." 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Wild is the true story of Cheryl Strayed where she tries to get her life back on track after the sudden death of her mother and a string of extramarital affairs.

She makes a spontaneous and bold decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the hopes that along the way she will find herself  and figure out life’s purpose again.

Cheryl Strayed’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring, it talks about grief, loss, love and finding oneself through harsh realities.


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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The Little Prince is an iconic children’s book but is as suitable for adults to read, as it is a philosophical tale with humanist values, only understood by adults. 

The story talks about a little boy who leaves the safety of his small planet to discover more about the universe, going to different places, encountering new people.

The journey of the little prince reveals the absurdities of adult mannerisms and societal norms and is a reminder that the older we get, the less everything makes sense, unlike what we think of growing wiser with age. 

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Here are some random recommendations to get you started on your journey.

At weryz, see the journey of self-discovery as an important high road in life. To know more about self discovery, and its implications in personal and social set-ups, contact our team today!


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