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The Secret Life of Frida Kahlo

A Where Is My Guru #BookGuru review of F.G. Haghenbeck’s “The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo – A Novel”, by Jenn Grosso originally posted on the #WIMG Blog.

“Have the courage to live, because anyone can die.”


Frida Kahlo, known today as one of Mexico’s iconic revolutionary painters, as well as an inspiration for who the title “Patron Saint of the Arts” has been most sweetly bestowed, teaches us that despite all our challenges we can live life passionately and fully. From poor health, a near death trolley accident at the age of eighteen and constant physical pain, to an intense but turbulent marriage, Frida shows us true strength and determination.


“I suffered two grave accidents in my life…. One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego.”

F.G. Haghenbeck takes us on a wonderful and colorful trip based on the known events of Frida Kahlo’s life, and has embellished them creating this intense work of fiction to show us all the different facets of Frida. We experience Frida, as the incredibly fragile woman who constantly struggled with her health and heartbreak; to the passionate and willful rebel who consumed everyone around her through her eccentric personality, love of her culture and cuisine.

Even though fictitious, I feel as though I have experienced little intimate glimpses into Frida Kahlo’s actual life. I have felt through these pages, her complete desperation and her constant struggle to simply carry on, but that at her strongest, Frida conquered her world. Through it all Frida turns to the beauty around her for strength and with brush to canvas, she poured herself into her art that has inspired beyond her time. Frida says she has always painted to “allay her fears and pain”, and left behind not only a legacy as an artist but also as a feminist, political fighter and someone who lived her beliefs without apology and without hesitation. Larger than life, being Frida was her ultimate work of art.

 “Then maybe something of me is coming through in the salt. To live life, you have to season it.”

Tune into this Friday’s Where Is My Guru Radio Show for more of The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo and how Frida has inspired me on my own journey.

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A Warrior’s Heart

Where is my Guru Book Guru review of Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine.
Originally published on the WIMG blog.

Punch Fear in the Face

“To work with what I call ‘Warrior’s Heart’ is to plant your feet when you feel that energy coming up, take a moment to sort through the signals you’re sending yourself, and ask, What is the most healing response that will bring me to a resolution I can be proud of?”

Within the pages of Fierce Medicine, Ana Forrest explores her past and shows us how she overcame her obstacles and the very difficult emotions and fears that become ingrained in our minds and bodies through our experiences. This book will shake your world, ask you to look deep inside yourself, and how from a place of brutal truth and love you can heal from the difficult hard emotions we hang onto.

Although some of the content is asana based, Ana presents her Forrest Yoga and the benefits of certain poses with regards to working through our difficult emotions, this book can also be approached purely for the lessons that Ana weaves throughout her stories. She explores not just yoga, but also other methods of healing through her experiences with Native American Medicine.

“Turning your karma to dharma mean figuring out what to do with what’s been done to you. Look for the gifts in your experience.”

There’s no doubt about it, this is an intense read. Ana is an intense powerful woman who really embodies the word fierce. Her determination and courage to overcome her experiences and traumas is inspirational to say the least. Her stories are often heart wrenching but through these her lessons are made tangible.

Fierce Medicine personally propelled me into some very intense evaluations of my own fears and brought awareness of how these emotions influence my life. This book is more of an experience than just a book, and gives us practical tools for overcoming our own wounds.

Tune into this Friday’s WIMG radio show to hear more about Fierce Medicine and how you can begin to incorporate some of Ana’s fierce medicine into your life.

Jenn Grosso Day 190 - 365 Picture-a-day Project

Jenn Grosso Day 190 – 365 Picture-a-day Project

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WIMG Book Guru Review of Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine by Jenn Grosso – See more at: http://www.whereismyguru.com/blog/a-warriors-heart-review-of-ana-forrests-fierce-medicine-by-jenn-grosso/#sthash.vZHEpyBI.dpuf

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Fierce Medicine

fierce medicine

I’m very excited to announce that my next Where Is My Guru Book Guru review will be on Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine! Now I know this book isn’t new, published back in 2011, however for some reason totally beyond my comprehension I have yet to delve into this gem. Better late than never I figure? I’ve heard and read so many different reactions to this book so I’m excited to share my own take and reading experience with you.

All I’m going to say for now is that, as I’ve been reading Fierce Medicine, all I can think of is WHOA. This book is intense. The “shake your world, makes you look at yourself a little differently” kind of intense. To find out more tune into the WIMG radio show on Friday, July 12th at 11am EST for my live on-air review!

Ana Forrest on creating a practice: “Make change a practiced skill. Whatever it is you yearn to do or be, you must practice it, study it, or teach it – at least one of the three – every day.”

Day 162 of my photo-a-day 365 Project. Sitting with Ana Forrest's Fierce Medicine.

Day 162 of my photo-a-day 365 Project. Sitting with Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine.

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A Book Guru Mystery

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Book Guru self-portrait… that’s right.

It’s been announced over on Facebook as well as Twitter, that I’ve joined the fabulous tribe over at Where Is My Guru as one of three Book Gurus! Hope, Nick and I will be reviewing and reporting on the best books around in the fields of wellness, spirituality, yoga, and fiction. Check out the WIMG newsletter where Guru-in-charge Jessica give us Book Gurus a stalkerific welcome!

To kick off my very first Book Guru review, which will air live at the end of May on the Where Is My Guru Radio Show, I’m leaving you with a little mystery… what am I reading?


Classified WIMG Information… for now.

All will be revealed shortly…

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss


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