Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder and Things That Sustain You When the World Goes Dark
English | 27 April 2020 | ASIN: B07YNT2ZQL | M4B@VBR kbps | 7h 28m | 380.43 MB
Author: Julia Baird
Narrator: Julia Baird
The national best seller Phosphorescence is a beautiful, intimate, and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness – the ‘light within’ that Julia Baird calls ‘phosphorescence’ – which will sustain us even through the darkest times.
Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being, and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning, and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?
And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we’re overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive, or even bloom? In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most – finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril – how do we find, nurture, and carry our own inner, living light – a light to ward off the darkness?
Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring, and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.
‘Like spending an evening with a wonderful friend, with unlimited time and a glass of good wine in hand…. A beautiful and rallying read’ (The Australian)
‘Julia Baird’s new, beautiful consideration of the things that glow through the murk…a book such as this one – one that aims to provoke delight and wonder and comfort, that is at its heart trying to find answers or modes of connection, or light – is of the moment in the best possible way.’ (The Guardian)
‘Intelligent and emotionally astute … Many will find sustenance in reading it.’ (Sydney Morning Herald)