Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris –
This is a sort of memoir and exploration of spirituality as a concept divorced from religion. The audiobook is read by the author, and is easy to listen to. The text is probably more likely to appeal to non-religious people, but I suspect most open-minded religious folks can also benefit from this one.
“There is now little question that how one uses one’s attention, moment to moment, largely determines what kind of person one becomes. Our minds—and lives—are largely shaped by how we use them.”
― Sam Harris,
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well, by Meik Wiking-
This short book offers a nice introduction to hygge, a currently trendy idea in many countries. Wiking offers a definition for the term, and walks readers through what hygge looks like, and how it works- essentially … candles, slow food, blankets, good company. As a recipe for happiness this aesthetic may not work all the time for everyone, but especially in winter hygge may be a welcome concept for many people. The reader for this audiobook is also the book’s author, and I especially liked this book as an audiobook, because the author knows how to pronounce the Danish words in his book.
“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”
― Meik Wiking,
The Hoarder in You, by Dr. Robin Zasio-
This is one of the disorders common within my family, so I picked a book on hoarding for this month’s audiobooks. Even without personal connections, this is a fascinating disorder, and the more you learn about hoarding, the more easy it is to imagine how it develops out of normal behavior. Given the right trauma and the right time, and a lot of ‘normal’ people could wind up with hoarding or cluttering tendencies bad enough to require help. I thought this book was quite good, sensitive to the experiences and concerns of people with hoarding issues and informative for everyone, hoarder or not. The author also recognized the fact that most hoarders never seek out treatment, and many cannot afford meaningful therapy. Her book is geared towards offering guidance for those who may not have access to therapy, not just those who after reading her book could go out and find a therapist.
“To the extent that clutter gets in the way of living in the kind of environment we’d like to be living in and leaves us feeling stressed or remiss, we can all improve our relationships to our possessions.”
― Robin Zasio,