this series of lectures is a good entry-point to pema's work. lots of stuff was unclear at first b/c this was the first time i'd encountered pema. the initial seeming ambiguity decreased as my knowledge of her work increased. 'awakening compassion' was a good next step from 'getting unstuck.'
This book is marvelous! It's in Pema's own voice so you get to hear her wonderful inflections and delightful sense of humor first hand. The content is put simply and is very accessible - even to the non-Buddhists among us! She repeats her points (in a non-repetitive way) so they sink in. I immediately started applying many of her guidelines in some difficult personal situations. I found that I didn't get so deeply mired in my 'own stuff' and was able to recover much more quickly - with compassion for myself and others.
I've listened to it twice already and will listen again and again for reinforcement. I've listened to another one of her books by a different narrator and, while excellent, does not have the same personal quality of this book.
If you have never read or heard Pema's writings, this is the place to start!
Very approachable and down to earth with real world examples. Recording quality is superb. I wasn't sure what to expect from Pema but I was pleasently surprised.
"Getting Unstuck" is a good descriptive title. This helped me on my path to appreciate the now and accept what is. The audio quality if very good. I have listened to this audio at least 5 times this year. It was helpful in a difficult time and continues to inspire me. Good material and not limited. Pema talks with humor and candor. I believe this material would appeal to anyone and is not specific to Budhism. It took me to the next spiritual level in a non-religious way. If you listen while driving, just skip past the meditation part. Her material about "shenpa" is great!
Compassionate motivating funny
This was my intro to Pema talks, and I'm glad it was. It's shorter than some, and doesn't rely on previous buddhist studies or meditation experience. When I find that my mind is agitated or fixated, I re-listen to this talk and feel rebooted. If you are unfamiliar with Pema's content, it's pretty much about applying buddhist principals, compassion, and humor to facilitate an honest look at one's self (and the rest of Awakening). If you're unfamiliar with her style, she's smart but unpretensious, expert but open like a beginner, compassionate but not unchallenging. If you find your mind stuck, and your thoughts looping through the same old story, either for an hour or for years, this talk will be like a soothing balm.
"Learn to accept the present moment as if you'd invited it and work with it instead of against it, making it your ally and not your enemy". I can't articulate how meaningful this seminar was to me. I downloaded it because of some "stuff" I'm going through right now and TIRED of giving myself over to the anguish and self loathing that always comes with "SHENPA" is now how I can categorize it.
She touches on meditation, describes the relationship with Buddhism, but the lecture is all about how NOT to continue running from the situations that make us feel like sh*t! I mean, how long can one run from something? How CRAZY do we make ourselves trying to escape, avoid, and NOT FEEL??
I will keep this in my playlist and will continue to come back because as enthusiastic as I am now, I have a feeling I'll slip into my old pattern of self loathing and hatred, unfortunately......
Very peaceful listening, and a wonderful message. I found the concepts helpful, and just listening to the ideas helped me in my everyday life.
The concepts are not easily mastered (if ever), but the pursuit of just accepting things and not letting them run your life, is beneficial to everyone.
I totally enjoyed this audio book. Pema has a sense of humour and really gives alot of insight into our emotions. She definately has helped me. Highly recommended