Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion (Unabridged)
by Sam Harris
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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’ new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds. Throughout the book, Harris argues that there are important truths to be found in the experiences of such contemplatives - and, therefore, that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow. Waking Up is part seeker’s memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris - a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic - could write it.
No spurious claims here. Practice, and more practice. It's literally all within you, within your mindset. Sam should narrate all of his books, his voice and delivery is rather calming. He's very mindful in his approach, and his insight into meditation is very humbling. I have a lot of practice in front of me.
Having read (listened) to practically everything he has written. I believe he had his own awaking, probably one of several. He peels the layers of the onion and gets down to what I believe true spirituality is without the dogma of religion. With all the religions in the world and each one claiming that they have the “correct” god is part and parcel why the world is in a conflagration these days. There is no room for compromise. My favorite line in the book is and I am paraphrasing. When I can feel true love and genuine happiness for the good fortune or success of another person without feeling jealous or i am more deserving of that. That is the core of spirituality.
I love this book
His approach is practical. He writes about the silliness of religion but goes beyond it to examine how to train your mind to live a more useful and happy life.