Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.
Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we are able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.
Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day.
©2012 Thich Nhat Hanh (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
This book will help you understand and face your fears, and so eventually reach a place of fearlessness and freedom. From this place of liberty you are then free to enjoy your life. This great teacher's writing has changed my life, if you let his words seep into your consciousness as you read, the same will happen for you. Very simply written and easy to understand. Let this man's words into your life, you will not regret it.
Personal Trainer and Life, Mind and Body Coach
Dissapointed - had enjoyed his other books and was hoping it would go into the emotions and thought process behind fear which it touches on, but relates back to much into being Mindful, which I appreciate is a great tool, just not what I was hoping for
Beautifully narrated and very thought provoking. I have already listened twice and found the meditation exercises very helpful.
"Clinging to the monk"
yes, the content is vast
The narrator is good however, much can be learned through listening to the sound of Thich Nhat Hanhs voice.
Learned simple breathing and mantra exercises to be more mindful and let things go more easily. Be Present
Be Still.... Wait
"A great great book"
First let me clarify that this is a Buddhist book filled with the teachings of the Buddha ... i am not a Buddhist yet i found it extremely helpful ... it's kind of a next step after one digs deep into one's self (introspection work) ... it helps with getting over the pain and suffering (after being acknowledged and experienced that is )
I found it much more "REAL" than the self -help books that usually left me lost and frustrated ... i highly recommended
note: the narration was excellent
"Here Comes The Dark Side!"
Thinking you need a pill, drink, smoke or other distraction to get you through? Listen to Thay as you freak out, because freaking out from fear is what we do. We are all one when it comes to fear. Let us sit together and rest under the Tree of mindfulness with Thay to encounter our fear as precious human beings.
"Why a narrator?"
No, principally because of the narrator whose smooth delivery left me unmoved.
I'd much rather listen to the author himself - even though his delivery can be difficult at times, it carries so much more than having someone else reading from a text.
Loved every minute of this. Will read and reread or listen. Worth the time. Have a blessed day
"A poor representation of the teachings."
I read and listened to other versions of the same teachings and been inspired by them but this is a very bleak and matter of fact presentation of these ideas. If you are just learning about this way of thinking or being you should not start with this. I would look to Jon Kabat Zinn for a more realistic approach. I'm going out on a limb here but I feel that the Dali lama is so out of touch with the common man that it is difficult for him to present these ideas in a way that would appeal to the common man with everyday and current times struggle. His world is too far removed.
"Not a Christian book"
I mistakenly thought this was written from a Christian perspective. I soon realized my error upon listening to the audio.
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