"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!
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!
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.
I am a 34-year old litigator, father of three young sons. I listen to a lot of business books, suspense/thrillers, bios, and history.
I read and listen to a lot of similar books. I'm interested in self-help books in general, but especially those touching on the spiritual. I typically look for a blend of philosophical and practical approach, and this offers it. Ms. Chodron doesn't offer you a step-by-step guide to spiritual Enlightenment. What she does is offer a very honest rendering of and often mysterious spiritual life, especially for those of us steeped in the Christian tradition. This is one of the few recordings I will listen to over and over again.
True, she doesn't exactly come up with anything new. Then again, the saying "there's nothing new under the sun" is well known for a reason. Like Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron takes material familiar to many but strikes a chord with her humility and an ability to influence others that is almost palpable.
This was my first encounter with Pema Chodorn and due to her reputation i was extremely excited .... i thought i would find some answers ... some wisdom ... but far from it ... i found this speech to be mediocre to say the least ... i am saying it was useless or a waste of time and money - it's not- it's just not that useful ... and i have to strongly disagree with all the glowing reviews of this "speech" ...
This book also lead me to read about Pema's master and i must admit i was shocked ... i am sure this has nothing to do with the speech or her books but still i was puzzled ...
This was recorded during a lecture Pema was giving. It has a really good message and I enjoyed it. Like most lectures though, there is quite a bit that you wish she would explain more of. It is inspirational and she has a really nice voice.
I've read a fair number of books on Buddhism, and find it interesting to listen to teachings given extemporaneaously as well. I had never read or heard Pema Chodron before this, and find her spoken style to be quite attractive. However, there is little Buddhism in this recording, and little about meditation - there is much more what would, in different trappings, be called "pop psychology" than anything else. Sure, she gives some interesting insights, but not much of what she says really has a lot to do with Buddhism or meditation.
I'm sure others will feel differently, and perhaps this is the direction in which western Buddhism is moving - a merging of pop psychology and meditation with an emphasis on the former. Or, at least, perhaps this is what people want to hear under the category "Buddhism". I don't know; to each their own.