Listening is the new reading

Photo by Lacie Slezak -Unsplash
Photo by Lacie Slezak -Unsplash

Since my little guy entered the world, almost a year ago. Time to read comes in 10-minute slots here and there, very frustrating for a self-confessed book addict. With a baby that will only nap on me or while out in the fresh air, that doesn’t leave time to cosy up with a cup of tea and a book.  Yes, I too thought I’d be able to read while he fed or snoozed on my belly, but I’ve produced a light sleeper, that with the turn of a page, or movement of an arm will open his eyes, brow furrowed, and sigh.  Yes, I think he’s too young for such an expression too!

I will not be defeated however, books still land on the doormat and sit piled up beside my bed, sofa, chair, you get the picture. This bookworm cannot be kept from the written word for long, audiobooks and podcasts have become my new best friends. So while the physical books patiently wait for my return, you’ll find me plugged in, silently absorbing as I walk and breathe in the fresh air or nurse my bub to sleep.


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Here are some of my favourites:



I LOVE hearing people’s yoga story and Yogaland is full of them. You’ll find lots of uplifting conversations, some with well-known guests and some with everyday Yogi’s talking about life, and all things yoga.

Happy mama with Amy 

Amy talks with other Mamas in a language my soul craves. So much grace and gentle honesty. For any Mamas out there tired to the bone, or having a rough time of it, tune in and know you’re not alone.

ReWild Yourself

I discovered Daniel Vitalis during my studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition

He talks about what is natural for the human race, how our world pulls us out of sync with our natural way of being and how to return to it. Having a hard time describing it as it blows my mind slightly, so go and check it out for yourself.

Sarah Jensen

Your go-to gal for all things related to creating an online business and goal setting.


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Fierce Medicine: Breakthrough Practices to Heal the Body and Ignite the Spirit

I loved this book and listening to the audio version gave me greater insights to reflect on. Tap on to your intuition through your yoga practice and learn to live in tune with you, honoring your body’s inner wisdom.

Enjoy every sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal
This is a story of a doctor’s journey as he is diagnosed with cancer. In both his personal relationships and with his patients he’s committed to living a life full of gratitude. This is such an inspiring book that will shift your attitude into gratitude. It’s the perfect book to kick you out of negative thinking.

Shakti Meditations: Guided Practices to Invoke the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton

I love Sally’s teachings on meditation. I have had carried this book around with my for what feels like years, I’ve dipped in and out, but not been able to read and absorb it. So I was very happy to find it on Audible.

Shakti is the universal force of change and transformation. Sally introduces us to Indian goddesses of yoga through meditation practices. Each deity has its own realm of influence to guide us on our spiritual, career, relationship paths.

Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer

This is a short book, full of positivity that will shine a light on what you’re creating in your life. You’ll be given techniques to retrain your subconscious mind and your imagination to manifest your hopes and dreams into reality.

The Universe has your back by Gabrielle Bernstein

This book guides you to release fears and return to joy and faith, over and over.  A great book for rocky times.


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Do you have any recommendations?  I’d love to hear them, pop them in the comments below.

With Love,



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6 thoughts on “Listening is the new reading

  1. Enjoyed reading this, especially as I’ve got into audio books and podcasts too lately. I’m loving ‘The Courage to be Creative’ by Doreen Virtue. It’s a perfect blend of the practical and the spiritual. I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic podcast too!

    1. Thanks Greta :). I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast too, and the beautiful writers podcast. I love the sound of Doreen Virtue’s book, looking forward to diving into that one. Thank you for the recommendation x

  2. Super post Nichola and some great suggestions. Audiobooks have been a huge solace for this year especially at night, falling asleep to David Whyte and Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Perfect bedtime stories. Hope you get to read some print books soon xx

  3. I am SO with you. My reading comes in little chunks, too! I get my news on my phone, too.

    I love listening to recent fiction, Radio Lab, This American Life, Ivisibilia and The Moth on my phone. I often use the NPR app and download podcasts from there.

    Hope your little one learns to sleep better. My #2 is/was a terrible sleeper, too.

  4. I love podcasts! I can’t remember what got me on them to begin with, but now that I’m hooked, I’M HOOOOOKED! I haven’t heard of these, but since I’m always down for the business related podcasts, the Sarah Jensen sounds like my next go to!

    Thanks for these =]

    Danielle | <3

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