A little sprucing up of mind and body can go a long way to revive spirits as summer fades away. So try these audios on for size, and if the advice fits, wear it well. Marilu Henner's Total Health Makeover (HarperAudio, $12, 90 minutes, 0694519278) is a good place to start. Marilu, who struggled with weight and health issues for years, wants to share her philosophy and practical program so that you can achieve the fit body, boundless energy, and positive attitude that will give you added zest for life. To that end, she offers her flexible ten-step B.E.S.T. life plan, the acronym standing for Balance, Energy, Stamina, Toxin-Free. Mona Lisa Schulz, a neuropsychiatrist neuroscientist and medical intuitive, has used her own intuition to heal her illnesses and her life. In Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing (Random House AudioBooks, $18, 3 hours, 0375403868) she demonstrates that intuition is not something mystical and asserts that it's just another sense that we all possess. She then offers her guidelines for increasing receptivity to the clues your own body sends out and getting your mind and body in closer sync.
More life-enhancing advice comes from Dan Millman, who believes that we can all enjoy a life well lived. And we can do it by following The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth he outlines in Everyday Enlightenment (Time Warner AudioBooks, $17.98, 1570425868). Spiritual practices begin in the here and now, in the everyday, as the title proclaims, and Millman urges you to start on the path to enlightenment by discovering your self-worth, then building one step at a time. As he says, If existence is something like a cosmic joke, enlightenment may be getting the punch line. Finding the spiritual in the everyday is equally important to Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. The extraordinary array of short readings they have collected in Spiritual Literacy (Simon ∧ Schuster Audio, $18, 3 hours, 0671579037) are taken from a wide variety of sources, some obvious, some unlikely, but all celebrating the spiritual meaning that can be found in everyday activities, relationships, sights and sounds. In her preface to this audio presentation, Mary Ann Brussat explains how spiritual literacy can enable you to start on a journey to wholeness, becoming vital, awake, and aware. Passages, those critical points in our progression through life, have long fascinated Gail Sheehy. Her previous passage books helped women understand and cope with the changes that time inevitably imposes. Now, in Passages for Men, Ms. Sheehy turns her keen gaze on the male species and offers the same kind of compassionate advice and guidelines to men in middle life that she gave to women. Mid-life, she claims, is the right time for men to reinvent themselves, a time of self-discovery and realization. Ms. Sheehy's open, witty, and solidly researched counsel, based on hundreds of interviews, may do more than just rev up your spirits it may change the way you spend the next decades of your life.
Okay, now we that we've done something for body and soul, we can lean back and listen to some recent arrivals.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.