Brilliant. Wish I could thank her in person for this amazingly clear insight. I can't believe I may actually "get it" after all these years. I will be listening to this over and over again. Extremely clear.
inspiring entertaining comforting
i love the way that pema provides insight into buddhist teaching through personal examples and examples from those she has taught. she is truly humble and has a gift for rendering complex teachings into words that invite us to develop compassion for ourselves and others.
there is something about her voice that i find to be comforting and deeply challenging. i also like the way that she responds to the questions and answers at the end of each section.
she teaches about how to recognize the machinations of ego and how to get around this. this audiobook is like the spray bottle that can help to clean up your depression.
Hearing Pema Chodron, her voice is so soothing it almost wouldn't matter what she was saying, her just saying it makes it worth listening to.
I have been a student of the Buddha and meditation for a long time. Pema added more by helping me relax more.I listen over and over and gather new things each time.
No,this was my first. I will, for sure, listen to more.
The things that "snag" me, those things that like to tug my thinking into the negative, she named it, I use it now when I can catch the hook. Amazing.
Anyone maybe new to meditation would surely benefit from this listen, anyone already on the path could use the refresher. Thank you Pema.
Pema's gentle humor and delightfully natural manner lend depth to the teachings.
Pema discusses how life progress and growth is never very smooth and is always a struggle when she says "our progress is 5 steps forward, 5 steps back, 5 steps forward 4 and 1/2 steps back." This attitude of the whole book allows for us to be both flawed and hopeful as we grow.
Everything! Her understated sense of humor and the way she laughs at herself is so refreshing. Her humbleness and wisdom go hand and hand and it's simply amazing to listen to her words flow so smoothly carrying you along with the story.
That it's okay to be flawed and that while progress is slow, just the act of recognizing failure is, in itself, progress.
Very good book for anyone working to recover from addiction or has been effected by another person's addictive behaviors. Also good for human beings in general.
I bought this on CD several years ago. I now added it to my audible account. This work was my first introduction to Pema Chodron. I now have several of her works, but Getting Unstuck continues to be my favorite. I have listened to it many times, and sometimes I will go back and listen to it right after I have finished. So much wisdom is packed into these talks. I have grown as a human and learned to get past some of the most difficult things in my life. During the tough times, when life seems unfair, or just when I feel the need to settle my soul, I turn to Pema. With bits of laughter mixed together with lessons that have changed the way I experience life, Getting Unstuck is irreplaceable in my library. I have given the title to friends, family, and co-workers during difficult times. Everyone with whom I have shared it has felt a deep appreciation for Pema's wisdom. Highly recommended!!
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.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
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.
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 ...
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.