By Sophia Hadef
The Big Hearted Way is a spiritual journey of love and self-learning. It is a book that helps you to find your true inner – self and to develop the relationship you have with your soul. Theresa Rock is an Irish author and creator of the spiritual and emotional wellness programme, The Big Hearted Way. She wrote her stories to bring some light and confidence to the reader.
She talks about life, as well as her childhood and experiences; she analyses situations of her past and explains how moving on to create her new self, helped her to finally live by her soul. “Like any change, questioning who you are takes courage and persistence. It involves leaving the familiar and safe. Going into the unknown. We learn new languages, visit foreign lands, explore history and planets. But exploring our own soul is what takes real courage. It can seem so much safer to explore the world around us. Exploring who we really are; now that’s the real expedition.”
She examines her romantic relationships and realises that we sometimes force ourselves to feel accepted, to get attention and a feeling of love to soften our pain. We think we may heal by falling in love or rushing into a new relationship stage, but Theresa shows how happiness is only achievable when we learn how to heal by loving ourselves. She also talks about religion and how being spiritual is not necessarily related to following a specific church. To reconcile with ourselves and our spirit requires meditation, learning how to accept who we are and what we want, to follow our instinct and to appreciate every detail of this life.
In the second part, Theresa Rock gives advice on applying those methods and finding the missing piece we need to be free. Throughout her stories about anxiety, breakups, and health issues, she questions our values and beliefs; she guides the reader to finally find and trust their identity. “Most of us are living a life that is based on who we think we should be and who we have been told we are. But very often the identity we live by is not who we really are. It is not aligned with our soul.”
Theresa is a mother of two children and a strong independent woman. Her story is powerful and very feminist in its outlook. She is an example of life, and I would recommend this book to young men and young women as guidance on gaining confidence about their future. “When we choose to become aligned with our soul and follow its path we become more alive, more vibrant, more content. The power within comes out to play. The most powerful, liberated, inspiring women and men I know are the ones who have chosen to grow into their own soul. These people make no apologies for who they are. The older they become, the more they belong in their own body. The more they embrace who they are, the more alive they become. There is no manual on how to take this journey. It is a personal journey.”
I read this beautiful book thanks to Niall MacGiolla Bhuí who is the Group Senior Communications Consultant of the Bookhub Publishing based in Galway. You can order the book at https://theresarock.com/