The Book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion is a great book despite being written by an athiest. Sam Harris reiterates Eckhart Tolle’s work by stating that the feeling we call “I” is an illusion. There is no “self” or ego sitting inside the brain. For the author, a neuroscientist, philosopher and podcast host, striving towards a spiritual life of consciousness is ALL about paying close attention to the present moment. Mindfulness practices that reduce our internal chatter yield huge benefits. This resonates. For many, including me, mindfulness can be supplemented by prayer–a way to connect with our higher power. The good message is that both help me reduce stress, find inner peace, and seek wisdom and strength. Thank you, Sam Harris!