This book wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love sparkling. But, what dulls my sparkle is considering all of the ways in which the world raises my histamine levels, which is Doreen Virtue’s thesis for this book: “…the next day as I was walking along Post Street in Union Square, I heard the inner message that is the basis of this book. … “The reason why you and so many people are experiencing life drama is because you’re addicted to histamine.” loc 81, ebook.
She goes on to list various ways that one may lower this including: major dietary changes, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, certain types of exercise, therapy, dry cleaning chemicals, what types of plastic bottles to drink from, what types of television programs to expose yourself to, what types of make up to wear and much, much more. I hope that the readers who are looking for this type of information find Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle because it is one of the most complete types of books of this kind that I’ve ever read.
The thing is, I could make myself crazy if I tried to control all of that stuff. I’ve discovered, through my own life, that if I do the inner work of feeling better then external circumstances sort of fall into place on their own without me dancing around trying to make it so. Don’t get me wrong- I am all for self care. Regular massages, aromatherapy, professional therapy, organic foods, support groups, whatever you need to make yourself feel better, do it. I just don’t need to adjust those things to sparkle. I feel innately sparkly. I am a veritable disco ball of sparkles.
Beyond the histamine issue, it is clear that Dr. Doreen Virtue had another career in psychotherapy. If you’ve experienced drama of any kind, trouble finding that special someone or encountered difficult personalities, she will help you get past that in this book. There again, my significant other and friends are all quite normal and low drama- sparkling, if you will. But, if you’ve had troubles, this could be the book that you’re looking for. So, seriously, don’t let me deter you if you feel you need to read it. “Remember, it’s not about how many friends you have; it’s the quality of the friendships that matter. Even one good friendship, built upon mutual respect and other healthy qualities, will help you sparkle throughout the day.” loc 2034, ebook.
Meditation and yoga, two of my favorite things, are highlighted in this book as ways to improve your life. I couldn’t agree more! In this passage, Doreen is talking about dealing with potential drama in your family or with in-laws: “…any way you slice it, the situation will bring up stress hormones in your brain and body, and part of being responsible is taking care of yourself. So, go do yoga as soon as you can. Play gentle music, meditate, eat a low-histamine diet, and avoid chemicals.” loc 1961, ebook. The trouble is: brownies are not low-histamine. That’s a deal breaker for me.
I recommend this book if you’re sick and fed up with the way life is going and you want to try something drastic to turn it all around. Otherwise, I’d have to suggest borrowing this one from the library. I’ve heard that high library usage lowers histamine levels and makes you sparkle too. Kidding.
Thank you to NetGalley and Hay House publishing for a free digital copy of this book. And, thank you for reading!