Calm During the Storm: How the Act of Listening Can Help You Find Tranquility

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Life too Noisy? Lower the Volume with these Self-Help Listens

Finding time to listen is easier with the right audiobook companion

It can be difficult to find inner calm in a noisy, sometimes overwhelming world. Every day, we’re bombarded by sensory overload. At home, we deal with ringing doorbells, rambunctious children and buzzing phones. At work, we deal with presentations, video conferences, reminder pings and all manner of prompts pulling us in various directions — sometimes all at once. Even our R&R time can be a noisy endeavour. Movies, sports and even music can wear on our senses.

When our wells of attention run dry, we need a little bit of calm and tranquility in our lives to let them replenish. In moments of peaceful solitude, your mind is able to let down its guard, unwind and revitalize itself. But finding time is easier said than done. Between work, family life and social obligations, there’s not a lot of time left over. We think finding time for inner tranquility is a little easier with the right self-help audiobooks to guide you on your journey.

Taking time out of your day to focus on listening can help you increase your focus and recentre your mind, and the right audiobook makes the perfect companion as you draw a bath, take a walk through nature or simply unwind with a hot mug of herbal tea at the end of a long day.

Below, you’ll find four perfect audiobook companions to help you on your journey to inner calm and tranquility.

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

With this self-help listen, Buddhist meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates the importance of being present in every moment of the day. This mindfulness classic teaches us the value of being truly attentive even during the simplest tasks, such as doing laundry or cooking food.

The title concludes with 32 mindfulness exercises to help you exist in the here and now and enjoy the benefits of day-to-day tranquility.

Finding the time to listen to your own needs, along with the right audiobook companion, can help you find the inner peace you’ve been looking for.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh
John Lee
Unabridged Audiobook

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

More than just an audiobook exploring the nature of introverts in an extroverted world, this title actually takes the listener on a journey that charts the evolution of the Extroverted Ideal in the 20th century. From the high-fiving atmosphere of the education system to the Alpha values of business culture, Susan Cain uses cutting-edge research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology to explore how the potential of introverts can often be drowned out by the extroverts the world has trained to constantly draw attention to themselves.

Argued with quiet passion and insight, this listen will empower introverts everywhere, and will have extroverted listeners thinking twice about the quiet coworkers and friends they so often overlook.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain
Kathe Mazur
Unabridged Audiobook

Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge

Erling Kagge is a writer, explorer, art collector and entrepreneur, as well as the first person to complete the three poles challenge: travelling to both the North and South Pole and climbing to the summit of Mount Everest.

In this revelatory title on the need to find moments of silence in a world of noise and distraction, Kagge teaches valuable lessons about finding silent moments of self-reflection in everyday events such as drawing a bath or walking to the store.

This audiobook reminds us we don’t need to travel to the far corners of the world to find inner peace and tranquility; we only need to, “pause to breathe deeply, shut out the world and use the time to experience ourselves.”

Silence: In the Age of Noise

Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook - translator
Atli Gunnarsson
Unabridged Audiobook

21 Days of Meditation by Aaptiv

Like any skill, finding the inner focus to breathe deeply and connect to the present can take a bit of time to master. That’s why self-development titles like this can be so helpful. Step by step they help you strengthen your ability to tap into mindfulness through patience and practice.

A podcast that offers 21 audio-guided sessions, 21 Days of Meditation gives listeners the tools they need to still their minds, release negativity and achieve inner balance and calm.

Aaptiv’s step-by-step, lesson-by-lesson structure will help you slow down and re-discover your inner calm while also teaching you meditative skills you can take with you anywhere. And if you ever need a refresher, you’ve always got these lessons at your fingertips since all episodes of the podcast are downloaded directly to your library for easy access — online or offline.

With spiritual and meditative sessions led by tenured yoga and meditation teacher Jess Ray, these incredible lessons not only lay out the necessary steps to finding inner peace and tranquility, but they also empower you to learn the skills you need to get there.

21 Days of Meditation

Jess Ray
Podcast Podcast

Tranquility doesn’t mean silence. It means taking time out of the day for yourself to pause, reflect and unwind. And with the right self-help title from Audible to guide you, you’ll be able to reduce distractions, improve your focus and gain a better understanding of your core self and what you desire in life.

If you need a little extra help unwinding, Audible has you covered with Audible Sleep — a selection of guided meditation and bedtime story listens designed to help you slow down and unwind, and also enjoy better sleep — all for free with your membership. With titles like Ariana Huffington’s 6 Sleep Myths Debunked, you’ll be on your way to sounder sleep in no time.

6 Sleep Myths Debunked

Alexandra Hayes
Clarice Metzger

Hopefully, these titles will help you reach a deeper sense of self-balance and find a bit of peace and quiet in a world that sometimes just won't shut up.

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