As a child, did you ever sit under a favorite tree, immersed in the wonder of a single, precious leaf? As our days grow more complex, teaches Pema Chödrön, these vibrant and wholehearted moments may begin to elude even seasoned meditators. But it doesn't have to be that way. Buddhism's Four Foundations of Mindfulness lead us on a journey back to the unabashed presence and delight of the "Child Mind" that lies within all of us. Here, Pema guides your first steps with an introductory meditation for getting in touch with, accepting, and releasing positive and negative emotions.
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This session is excerpted from Pema Chödrön's 2-CD audio program Natural Awareness.
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This is one of many examples of Buddhist teachers recording their teachings as they teach them, live to students. Pema Chodron has many books under her belt that she wrote down and those are good to read with the eyes and probably just as good read out, I don't know. What I like live teaching for is the sense of being in the room. The sentiments may be the same either way, but if you can't get to a live class or you like the different vibe a live teaching has, then this is a recording you will listen to over and over again.
This is shorter than a book, then, but if the message is for you then you are likely to listen more than once.
Pema talks from the heart, live in the moment, but with years of meditation and teaching and learning behind her.
I have found meditations for sleep learning / healing / mindfulness very helpful during what has so far been then most intense, learning curve I've ever experienced. usually I just listen at night but I've taken to using this particular one during difficult times of solitude. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is seeking to start or refresh their path in mindfulness practice!
I find it difficult to meditate on feelings from the future as future does not exist in the now and that is where I am
"I'm very disappointed"
I thought this would be a half-hour talk on working with difficult emotions. It was a half-hour guided meditation. And that would have been fine, too, if there was more guidance. It was basically this: Focus on your breath, then focus on a negative emotion, then focus on a positive emotion. That was the whole thing.
I don't think this should be sold separately because it's uncharacteristically empty for something from Pema Chodron.
I've listened to MANY. Some I like more than others, but this one was just far below her usual standards, in my opinion.
Well, it's tool you can use when you feel horrible, and it helps a little bit. I guess it's worth $2.44, but being well acquainted with her other work, I just had higher expectations.
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