Books are to the mind what exercise is to the body. Approximately 4-5 years ago I began to go through a massive paradigm shift, my wife calls it a mid-life crisis! I call it an awakening, I came to a realisation that I was the master of my destiny, a destiny which at that time had no clear pathway, no plan and little to no understanding how one achieves what many call enlightenment. Since then the one thing that has allowed me to grow is knowledge, Reading is now for me my sense of direction. A good friend of mine helped me and opened up a whole world of possibilities when he introduced me to audible. Since then audible and I, are constant companions, the ability to now listen to books instead of reading has allowed me more time to acquire new found wisdom. Today there is not a day that goes by where I don’t tune in to audible. Devouring books has allowed me to become more aware of many things in my life that were not directly apparent to me prior. I guess to a certain extent I have learned much about myself. I still have a long way to go, there are many aspects of the self that requires constant improvement. Today dealing with daily anxiety and stress is still a battle not just for me but I think many people in society battle with the daily grind, one thing is certain after the events of the past 5 years I do not think I would have made it through unscathed were it not for the time I spent applying my mind to listening to other people’s wisdom and experiences.
My main book and the one I have read over and over is the 7 habits by Steven Covey. Today I understand that I am a constant work in progress nowhere near the intellectual and spiritual being that perhaps I have the capacity to become, however, there are so many aspects of my life that have changed and directly influenced by this book. Another favourite which got me through some hard times was “untethered soul” by Michael Singer. Here I learned that we have this constant voice in our heads which never stops unless you learn to control it, it’s this voice that creates many of life’s problems. The voice is only ever concerned about the past or the future it never focuses on the now which brings me to another favourite, “The power of now” by Eckhart Tolle it was this book that suggested that we are spiritual beings inside a material body, that we need to become more self-observant. I have delved into so many different topics from diet and nutrition to self-help to social psychology, autobiographies, finance and many others. I have learned and begun to use words never uttered in the past on the daily, I find myself discussing my books via conversations, team talks. I apply the knowledge through my conversations so that I myself can remember what I read. Remembering the content is hard for me, I’ve read 7 habits almost 10 times over and I still find things in the book that are relevant to everyday living.