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  • The Practicing Mind

  • Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living. The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment.

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  • Will this book really make a difference?

  • By Mrs. Z. St Pierre on 08-11-15

Life changing

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Reviewed: 09-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good friend had found this book so inspiring he had gifted it to 10 of his friends, including myself. I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and a highly driven, motivated and (I would like to think) organized person but despite seemingly having achieved many of my professional goals I still find that I regularly berate myself for not achieving more in every aspect of my life, leaving me constantly stressed and frustrated at my perceived underachievements. In the last week I have listened to this book twice over. It has already changed my life for the better - no understatement. It has just a few vital themes which are explained in beautiful simplicity with the author's true life illustrations which are easy to relate to despite his professional background being a million miles from my own. It is about enjoying the process of life and all the richness that it brings. It is genuinely liberating. By applying the principles in only the last few days I am already feeling more in control, calmer and I am letting go of that nagging sense of having a thousand things I should be doing. I will be re-listening to this repeatedly until I am fully applying these principles and will be passing on this gift to my nearest and dearest.

What could Thomas M. Sterner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have no suggestions. It ticked all the boxes for me

What does Thomas M. Sterner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The fact that it is the author reading the book, despite not being an actor brought authenticity to this work.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The chapter about teaching and learning from children, in particular his experience with his own.

Any additional comments?

An inspiring read. Brushing my teeth will never be the same again!

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