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I would listen again. This is because I just could not listen to the book continually during one sitting. I actually listened to two other books while trying to complete this book. Perhaps if I could read in sequence the information would make more sense and be a greater value.
Perhaps, if the narrator adjust reading style based on the material.
As the author says, this is not new information, it's ancient wisdom. Still I like how he discusses the present mind and the tips for staying in the present. I've been listening to this over and over since my first listen. It's been a great reference tool.
Most books I've read on this topic were written by scientists. This is one man's experience with mindfulness practices. He has unique approaches to the standard mindfulness techniques. I recommend this book but no the audio version.
The delivery is hard to listen to. I'm not sure the correct terms but it's over articulated. He says "t" very clearly in way that no one talks. The delivery is stilted. Speeding it up to 2x helped.
I was surprised this small book would provide such good tips and insights. There was a some good information to add to a daily practice.
Frankly when I first starting the book I thought the intro was by a computerized voice because of the precise pronunciation of each, and every word. I had to play it on 110% to make it more natural sounding.
Would listen to it again.
This felt like a lunch conversation with a friend telling me about their personal experiences. Enlightening, thought provoking, but nothing mind-bending. I will probably read it again.
Best "self-help" book I've read yet, although I haven't read too many of them.
No, but I would like to hear more from him. Great reading voice, very soothing and genuine.
1. Focus on the present and on the process and use your goal only as a rudder. Most stress and anxiety are creations of your own mind, and come about when you're not focusing on the present. If you're always thinking about the future or the past and never the present, you will never be happy with where you are.
2. D.O.C. - Do. Observe. Correct. Just do your best. Failing is a part of life, so you shouldn't be anxious about it. When you fail, don't get emotional about it. Instead, observe what went wrong and correct it next time. This is how practice works.
3. "At what point in the stage of the life of a flower has it reached perfection?" This part of the book made me tear up on the first and subsequent listens. The answer is that the flower is always perfect at being what it is in that stage of its life. It's no use getting frustrated about not being where you want to be. You will get there, but it will take time, and you should enjoy where you are right now because there is beauty in every stage of life. This is an extremely freeing concept.
I've started trying to apply these concepts both in my work and while driving. I still have a long way to go, but when I remind myself of these ideas I experience much less fear, frustration, and restlessness, and are more compassionate towards others who I can see are struggling with the same issues.
I wish it was longer! I'm on my second listen and will probably revisit this book in the future to help reinforce these ideas in my mind.
The main let down was the reader who read in an annoying slow and stunted way, making it frustrating and difficult to listen to.
The book had some interesting ideas, though a lot of these ideas came from the author's own experience rather than research. Would be interesting to see if research provides support for some of these ideas.
Overall, the book didn't have a lot of content. The basic take home message seemed to be instant gratification is bad. Apart from offering the author's experience and advice regarding this, the book didn't seem to offer much
This book is a wonderful book that keeps thing in proper perspective. I am much more content and happier by just staying in the moment and focusing in on one thing at a time. Highly recommend it.
Some good ideas, but hard to take. More a self help book than a helpful methodology.