Bo L. Arnold
Mood, Food and Gratitude: Healing from the Way We Think
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What is your book about?
We have been trained to think about ourselves and others in a way that leads us to incorrectly believe we are not good enough. This training, or programming, also causes all of our unhappiness and our preventable illnesses. It’s time to remember the powerful truth about ourselves—that we are not that programming —we are much greater than we have ever been told.
What inspired you to write your book?
I was inspired to write this book after a huge breakup that pushed me into a horrible place. One day, right in the middle of a crying spree over the break-up, something magical happened. I stopped crying and sat straight up from my slumped position. Then I heard a voice from within say, “All this doom and gloom, all this misery and begging for love doesn’t make any sense. I am not special because someone else thinks I’m special. I’m special all by myself. And I don’t need someone else to love me, I need to love myself.” The voice wasn’t coming from my mind, it was coming from a deeper, more authentic place. It was coming from my heart center—from my soul self. It was a calm voice that was telling me the truth about my life. I didn’t ignore it—I couldn’t ignore it. This was a massive life-changing experience. I haven’t been the same since. It dawned on me that most of us had the same destructive beliefs from poor training that keeps us from experiencing a better life, better health and true love for ourselves and others. I had to tell others what I discovered. We are not our thoughts – we are so much better than that!
If you have a business related to your book, tell us about it:
I provide day long and weekend seminars on this topic which have been so very well received. I’m also working on audiobook reading or other authors after using my voice for my own book. I loved this process so much!
What is a typical day like for you?
Up early with a fresh cup of organic tea in my office to begin writing. I take breaks to answer emails, check in with my staff at a risk consultancy firm I own and then get to the business of promoting the book. Healthy organic food is part of every day. I love to cook! I also hit the gym at some point, take in a little yoga or head out for a long run in the wooded countryside. Then, early to bed with some deep breathing. Ahhhh.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Writing feeds and soothes my soul. When I write, I feel at home in my authentic self. I feel free and creative. I also love hearing people’s comments about the book or articles. They have interesting stories to share about their life struggles and often point out something in the book or an article that helped change their life, that saved their life or really clicked with them. It is super humbling.
What are some favorite books you’d recommend to our readers?
Anything by author Dr. David Hamilton, The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz and Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander.
What advice do you have to offer our readers?
Pay attention to how you talk about yourself to yourself and others. Notice any degrading, negative or powerless words or phrases you use. Make a list of these words and phrases. Then, when you hear them each day, stop, take it back and replace it with something supportive, powerful and loving. I did this a long time ago. Halfway through the first day of noticing my inner conversations I broke down and cried, never realizing how I talked to myself – it was horrible. Making this change was another critical move toward breaking free from the programming that got me there in the first place. I also realized that for me, this is called, “writer’s block”. Perhaps you will give it whirl. If you do, I hope it works for you, too. You deserve nothing less than strong, beautiful thoughts from within.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I only go on vacation to places where I can volunteer at a dog rescue. Potcake Place in the Turks & Caicos is one of my favorites. It’s puppies galore there – loads of love and cuddles.
What’s next for you?
I recently completed time in the studio recording the audiobook for Mood, Food and Gratitude, which I am currently promoting. This one was of the most interesting, fun things I have done connected to the book. I am also looking forward to getting back to public speaking engagements, seminars and workshops in the near future. Finally, I am putting together the outline for my next book. I have been thinking about and gathering the material for this book for years. The time has come to put pen to paper.