Name of Book: The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of “Enough”
By: Julia Cameron
Copyright Date: 2012
Number of Discs: 6
Reason for Reading Disclosure: I was given a copy for review; however, my opinions are my own.
Source: Penguin Audio
The popular author of The Artist’s Way brings her distinct tools to prosperity. Cameron has created a ten week program to aid the reader in opening ourselves to greater prosperity. She brings back some familiar elements from The Artist’s Way, while introducing new tools. In each chapter Cameron delves deeper into what true prosperity is, our thoughts and emotions surrounding, while sharing personal anecdotes and client stories.
I am a big fan of The Artist’s Way so I was very excited to find this in my mailbox. I took copious notes while listening so I could work through the book. I really enjoyed the extra exercises she introduces-the daily timeouts (five minutes minimum of quiet time in the at the beginning and end of the days), a commitment to stop debting, tracking your all money coming in and going out, and twenty minute walks twice a week.
I did do the exercises for a few weeks. I ignored the stop debting one, as I’ve already committed to that a few years ago. I no longer use my credit card and only spend cash. However, I did track all funds coming and going, did the daily timeouts, morning pages, although I did not keep up with two walks a week. It’s interesting to see what is actually coming in and where it’s going. I feel pretty good about my finances, so I petered out a few weeks in.
I loved the personal stories Cameron shared. She is very forthright in her own struggles with prosperity and the surprising, delightful turns her life took once she turned an honest, scrutinizing eye on her relationship to her finances, and more importantly, her sense of abundance. She also peppers anecdotes of her clients’ experiences with the program, which I enjoyed as well. I am a sucker for personal stories.
I do think this book would be beneficial to those wanting to take a holistic-type, overall approach to sorting out their finances. Our relationship to money is more than just numbers, there is a lot of psychology and emotion involved as well, which Cameron definitely addresses.
I adore Julia Cameron, but her voice is quite monotone and lacks energy. The first time I heard her speak was in an an audio interview, and she sounds the same way. It was disconcerting to listen to her at first, but eventually I got over it because the material is compelling. However, I would prefer to read this in book form and would not recommend the audio version. Also, workbook-type books are better to have in a physical, tangible form.
Cameron brings her signature format to tackling the emotional, spiritual, and physical blocks that keep us from realizing our true prosperity.