3 Audiobooks To Help Spiritual Growth

Many meditation resources will go into the spiritual aspects, whilst for some it isn’t the goal of starting a practice for many others it can be something that emerges as your practice develops. You may be asking “well ok but what is spiritual growth?”

 

Historically, when people have spoken of spirituality it’s often been linked with religion which may have deterred some people from learning more. In the context of this article I’m looking at spirituality based on the following definition…

 

“The quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.”[1]

 

Some people experience a specific event or a spiritual awakening within their life that jolts them into the above, for me that happened during a retreat whilst practicing Wim Hof breathing techniques and doing a push up challenge! I discuss this with Francesca Raffa during an interview for her Awaken, Heal & Transform series which you can see below (12 min 33 seconds in…)

 

 

But it’s important to note you don’t need to have some kind of weird out of body experience like I did, in this great article “Unexpected Spiritual Awakening” by Jim Tolles he explains how “a lot of people have very consciously been preparing to wake up even though they didn’t know they were doing this.”

 

So if you’re keen to explore more but don’t really know where to start, here are some great audiobooks that will get you thinking about life perhaps with a different perspective…

 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

 

 

So let’s start with one of the most popular and well known resources, I should add that I actually read this one rather than listening to the audiobook. But it’s impossible to talk about spiritual growth and not mention this, so…

 

This is probably the one you’ve already heard of, I first bought the physical book in Bangkok airport when I was in my early 20’s.

 

I read it, thought “yeah great, it makes sense” and then basically didn’t apply it to my life.  Fast forward 10+ years and I read the book once again after having kids, this time it definitely made me want to make some changes.

 

As the title would suggest, this book highlights the importance of living in the present moment.

 

 

“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present.

Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it.

Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.” 

 

The book covers a wide array of different topics and their link to being in the now; the ego, consciousness and unconsciousness, relationships, the body and immune system, the use of breathwork, source energy and a lot more.

 

“Unless and until you access consciousness frequency of presence, all relationships, and particularly intimate relationships, are deeply flawed and ultimately dysfunctional.

 

They may seem perfect for a while, such as when you are “in love”, but invariably that’s apparent perfect gets distrusted as arguments, conflicts, dissatisfaction, and emotional or even physical violence occur with increasing frequency.”

 

This book is definitely a great place to get started on the journey, and it will no doubt continue to be a catalyst of spiritual growth for many more generations to come.

 


The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

 

I listened to this audiobook whilst doing my long runs and loved it so much I ended up buying a hard copy of the book. This one really is a must!

 

Some of the things Singer says really get your thinking about all the crazy stuff we do, and to start thinking about how to change our perspective and consciousness.

 

For me one of the most profound moments was listening to the parts on death, it definitely shook up the way I lived my life afterwards.

 

“It is truly a great cosmic paradox that one of the best teachers in all of life turns out to be death. No person or situation could ever teach you as much as death has to teach you.

 

While someone could tell you that you are not your body, death shows you. While someone could remind you of the insignificance of things that you cling to, death takes them all away in a second.

 

While people can teach you that men and women of all races are equal and that there is no difference between the rich and the poor, death instantly makes us all the same.

 

The question is, are you going to wait until that last moment to let death be your teacher? ”

 

What I also liked about this was that despite the fact the topics Singer discusses are serious, it was done in a way that made me laugh out loud on multiple occasions as I ran – which is definitely something I didn’t expect.

 

Trust me you won’t regret listening to this one.

 


The Man on the Mountaintop

by Susan Trott

 

 

I learnt about this audible due to a recommendation on Shannon Harvey’s website in her article “5 Books that changed my life in 2020” , and I’m so glad I did.

I loved listening to this, when each new character was introduced there was always someone who came to mind in my own life that I could relate it to….and of course there were characters that reminded me of myself and my own areas for development.

 

It’s a tale of a Holy man called Joe and the pilgrims who come to a mountain top to see him, as well as the other monks who spend time at the hermitage with him.

 

And to be clear, you don’t need to be religious to listen to this audiobook! It’s simply about the trials and tribulations of what it means to be human. The stories are beautiful and get you thinking about your own life and those of the people around you, how they intertwine and how we are all experiencing this thing called “life”.

 

As Shannon Harvey rightfully says in her review:

 

“This is by no means a spiritual deep-dive, but if you’re after easy, uplifting, down-to-earth wisdom, mixed with delightful performances and an engaging story, you’ll enjoy this. Joe is a crafty trickster who teaches wisdom in unexpected ways.”

 

One of my favourite quotes from the audiobook was “the opposite of love is not hate, but envy” and the key takeaway has to be the importance treating “all people as holy”.


BONUS…

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

 

 

Okay so you might be thinking, “Wait….What?, Matthew McConaughey a spiritual book?” So yes I’ll agree this book is not exactly 100% spiritual but hear me out…..

 

The other audios above are a little harder going on the brain, this audio however was a good mix of life lessons and humorous anecdotes that had me chuckling nonstop (much to the shock of other park goers as I ran past them!)

 

 “We all step in shit from time to time.

We hit roadblocks, we fuck up, we get fucked, we get sick, we don’t get what we want, we cross thousands of “could have done better’s” and “wish that wouldn’t have happened’s in life.

Stepping in shit is inevitable, so let’s either see it as good luck, or figure out how to do it less often.” 

 

He also talks about his own experiences of spiritually, as well as throwing in what he calls “prescriptions” that are like little snippets of wisdom that he’s learned along the way.

 

“We cannot fully appreciate the light without the shadows.

We have to be thrown off balance to find our footing. It’s better to jump than fall. And here I am.”

 

And did I mention…he narrates it himself! Who would object to listening Mr McConaughey talking in that delightful Texan drool for a few hours? I know I didn’t. It was like having an auditory massage as I ran.

 

“The question we need to ask ourselves is: what is success to us?

More money? That’s fine.

A healthy family? A happy marriage?

Helping others? To be famous?

Spiritually sound? To express ourselves?

To create art? To leave the world a better place than we found it? 

What is success to me?

Continue to ask yourself that question. How are you prosperous? What is your relevance? 

Your answer may change over time and that’s fine but do yourself this favour – whatever your answer is, don’t choose anything that would jeopardise your soul.

Prioritise who you are, who you want to be, and don’t spend time with anything that antagonises your character.

Don’t depend on drinking the Kool-Aid – it’s popular, tastes sweet today, but it will give you cavities tomorrow. 

Life is not a popularity contest. Be brave, take the hill. But first answer the question.” 
 Matthew McConaughey

 

If you’re new to Audible or audiobooks in general I highly recommend giving them a try.

I know how hard it can be to find time to read a book so I love that I can listen to these whilst I run or cook the dinner.

I’d love to know if you’ve listened to any of these audiobooks and what you thought? Let us know in the comments below.

Rebecca xx

[1] From Google’s English dictionary as provided by Oxford Languages.

 

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Rebecca Flecken

Mother of 2, Wife of 1 - the Founder and Owner of Saja Soul. Self confessed book worm and tea lover!