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Throughout history and cultures, women too often are overwhelmed with raising a family, helping in the community, cooking the meals, and doing the housework. (Add working full-time to today's list.) Putting everyone and everything before ourselves is something we've learned from our mothers. But balance, happiness, and peace are possible. In this inspirational self-help gui Throughout history and cultures, women too often are overwhelmed with raising a family, helping in the community, cooking the meals, and doing the housework. (Add working full-time to today's list.) Putting everyone and everything before ourselves is something we've learned from our mothers. But balance, happiness, and peace are possible. In this inspirational self-help guide, Brazilian personal development teacher Ana Barreto shows readers how to achieve serenity. She shares her experiences of spending her childhood in Brazil before coming to the United States and then traveling back to her home country to care for her ailing mother. Bonding with her elderly mother made Ana reflect on her life and the lives of many women. She came up with ten wisdoms-or affirmations-that she shares in her book. The book provides simple exercises for taking care of yourself, meditating, carving out personal space, and reaching for your dreams. She also guides you on using feng shui, Buddhism, and even principles of quantum physics. It will lift you up and give you the courage to reach for what you want in life-staying calm while doing it.


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Throughout history and cultures, women too often are overwhelmed with raising a family, helping in the community, cooking the meals, and doing the housework. (Add working full-time to today's list.) Putting everyone and everything before ourselves is something we've learned from our mothers. But balance, happiness, and peace are possible. In this inspirational self-help gui Throughout history and cultures, women too often are overwhelmed with raising a family, helping in the community, cooking the meals, and doing the housework. (Add working full-time to today's list.) Putting everyone and everything before ourselves is something we've learned from our mothers. But balance, happiness, and peace are possible. In this inspirational self-help guide, Brazilian personal development teacher Ana Barreto shows readers how to achieve serenity. She shares her experiences of spending her childhood in Brazil before coming to the United States and then traveling back to her home country to care for her ailing mother. Bonding with her elderly mother made Ana reflect on her life and the lives of many women. She came up with ten wisdoms-or affirmations-that she shares in her book. The book provides simple exercises for taking care of yourself, meditating, carving out personal space, and reaching for your dreams. She also guides you on using feng shui, Buddhism, and even principles of quantum physics. It will lift you up and give you the courage to reach for what you want in life-staying calm while doing it.

46 review for Women, Rice and Beans: Nine Wisdoms I Learned From My Mother When I Really Paid Attention

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Feeling inspired to get back into meditation and a more positive outlook! I think this book was just what I needed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Walker

    Thoughtful and beautiful teachings.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Books, Brews & Booze

    With nods to shamanic practices, meditations, and affirmations, I really enjoyed this book. Some of the content I may have read before from other sources, but what is unique to this book is some of the author’s meditations (like the willow tree one) and the stories of her mother. I would have loved to read even more stories about her mom and their relationship and how the author’s mentality changed from thinking her mother hadn’t issued enough life lessons to realizing that she had. Overall, a so With nods to shamanic practices, meditations, and affirmations, I really enjoyed this book. Some of the content I may have read before from other sources, but what is unique to this book is some of the author’s meditations (like the willow tree one) and the stories of her mother. I would have loved to read even more stories about her mom and their relationship and how the author’s mentality changed from thinking her mother hadn’t issued enough life lessons to realizing that she had. Overall, a solid book with ample meditations and recipes too. The affirmation chapter is my favorite. I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and this is my unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elka

    Not really my cup of tea, but a good example of the genre.

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