Book Review: “The OM Factor” by Alka Dhillon
One of the advantages of having an adult child with a BA degree in English and a Masters in Publishing is her uncanny ability to select perfect books for you! Last Christmas, one of the books Emily brought me was “The OM Factor: A Woman’s Spiritual Guide to Leadership” by Alka Dhillon. After a particularly hairy work week recently, this title jumped out at me as the perfect read that evening. I hadn’t opened the book since receiving it, but something about the title grabbed me that night. Fate must have been on my side at the time because this was absolutely what I needed to hear, and I have already loaned my copy out!
From the moment I opened the book, it had my attention. Alka’s
writing style is very straightforward, as if sitting in the local coffee shop having a conversation with a friend getting some much-needed advise.
The book is broken down into three sections: an introduction to the OM factor, seven tools to help you address specific feelings in given situations, and seven traits to strengthen your ability to avoid getting into the emotional situations in section two.
Alka defines the OM Factor as “being in tune with all aspects of themselves: their body, mind, and spirit … are sharp and quick to respond … aware of themselves and their actions (p6).”
The chapter topics really hit home with me. As a working Mom that is always juggling more than I should, I found both the situation tools and the traits extremely powerful. I have enjoyed it so much I have actually written my own brief “cheat sheet on the affirmations and poses in the back cover of the book to make it an easy “flip to” list.
For example, one of the common threads throughout Section 2 stresses the importance of focusing on your breath, and being present in the moment. Each of the “situations” provides an affirmation to repeat while focusing on your breathing. As soon as I gave this a try, albeit with a bit of skepticism, I immediately felt some relief from my current stressful situation.
The traits in Section 3 have also proven extremely helpful. Along with each trait you will find a suggested yoga pose to assist you in focusing on that trait. Being open to serendipity is a difficult area for me as over the years my life has become extremely scheduled and regimented. The opening poses have really helped me in my focus, even if I haven’t quite been able to master the Eagle pose she suggest on page 140! 😉
Since reading the book, I have been practicing being present with my breathing, and silently concentrating on the affirmation anytime I am in my car or remotely think I will encounter one of these situations. The sense of peace has been AMAZING! I wish I would have opened this book eleven months ago!
Now that I finished this book, I am looking for my next good read – any suggestions?