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About Brianna Wiest
Brianna Wiest is the bestselling author of 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think and The Mountain Is You. Her work on mindfulness, spirituality and self-improvement has appeared in publications such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, USA Today and Thought Catalog, where she is currently a partner. Brianna is also the author of two poetry collections, Salt Water: Poems On Healing & Wholeness, and Ceremony: Poetry & Prose. Her life's work is to help people activate their potential by rewriting their inner narratives with more alignment, truth and purpose.
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Why we do it, when we do it, and how to stop doing it—for good.
Coexisting but conflicting needs create self-sabotaging behaviors. This is why we resist efforts to change, often until they feel completely futile. But by extracting crucial insight from our most damaging habits, building emotional intelligence by better understanding our brains and bodies, releasing past experiences at a cellular level, and learning to act as our highest potential future selves, we can step out of our own way and into our potential.
For centuries, the mountain has been used as a metaphor for the big challenges we face, especially ones that seem impossible to overcome. To scale our mountains, we actually have to do the deep internal work of excavating trauma, building resilience, and adjusting how we show up for the climb.
In the end, it is not the mountain we master, but ourselves.
Other people are not meant to love us
in the exact way we think they should
they are meant to set up a healing ceremony
at which we learn to love ourselves
Ceremony is a collection for those on the cusp of becoming. It is a reminder that we were not meant to fit into this world perfectly, but to live in such a way that might forge a path all our own. It is a reminder that we are one with each other and nature itself. It is a reminder that we contain within us the latent potential of every future possibility we can conceive of. It is a reminder that we often must release what is not ours in order to receive what is, that we are all born with a unique imprint to leave upon the world, and that self-love is not an infatuation, but a homecoming. Ceremony is a book written around the idea that the most unlikely moments are often the very ones offering us a chance to meet ourselves more deeply; it is a book for the ones who are ready to stop waiting and wondering, and dive all the way into who they were meant to be.