Yes, and I have several times -- and I feel I benefit from it each time. The lessons are well worth repeating.
There are definite Buddhist overtones, but you don't have to be interested or involved to benefit. To that end, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and some of Jack Kornfield's lectures -- but they're not really all that similar, apart from espousing present-mindedness and self-compassion.
No, and I honestly wasn't all that crazy about his delivery at first but I've grown to like it. It's soothing, and this is now a favourite to listen to while drifting off to sleep.
No. It's a book best digested in small pieces.
I am re-listening to this because it is so useful to me.
I could easily focus on this book and even the sound of his voice helped.
I think the narrator is very bored. he needs a real narrator for this amazing material.
These are ideas you can use immediately. I am a big Tolle fan. These ideas are so practical and useful. For me personally, using sports and music, were huge hooks.
The author read the book very well. It was very easy to follow him and the story.
The quote, "With deliberate and repeated effort, progress is inevitable."
His way of reading the book helped me to better understand the story. He has a very calm even voice that is representative of what the book is teaching.
No, but it did help me to realize that a practicing mind can really be beneficial in all facets of life. It's not just about sitting down to meditate. It's about applying a practicing mind to everything we do...and to be present in each moment.
I was concerned as this book started out that it would be much too dry. To my surprise and pleasure, I was wrong, and the book totally absorbed me by the second chapter. The author and narrator is very deliberate in his speech, as I suspect he is in all of his actions. The book laid out specific ways of living mindfully as well as reasons for doing so. This is a must-read in particular for anyone undertaking a new activity or goal, and application of its principles will make even daily life far more enjoyable.
I rated it 5 stars because I think his ideas are so important. Mr. Sterner presents a very interesting narrative of how his perception through life changed in connection with activities involving mastery. This would include, for example, things like learning an instrument, athletic activity or any kind of competition. It got me thinking in different ways, that have been very useful. I like that he even considers the application of his ideas as an activity involving mastery, and not to focus on 'being perfect', but to stay in the process. We sabotage ourselves when we focus on the finished product we seek, and how far from that goal we are. In truth, you are doing better than you think!
There are times that it seems the story goes off topic, or that some of the anecdotes are a bit too long, but when I listened to it a second time, I realized why he included everything. It's a terrific book.
Performance: I found Mr. Sterner's reading to suffer from some affectation. At times it drove me to distraction. The reading was a bit stilted, and he over emphasizes the 't' in words ending with thaT letter. iT can geT a little biT old. I doubt Mr. Sterner speaks like this in conversation. I would recommend on any new edition he consider relaxing and speaking from his heart. It sounds like he's speaking from his head. He sounds as if he is a likable enough man, and it would be nice to enjoy some of his warmth and feeling within the presentation.
Notwithstanding, I'm very excited about this book and audio book, and have been recommending it to all my friends who are in training, and anyone I know who is interested in going places. One of my friends just told me today he will be a guest speaker at her yoga center outside Boston, and I was heart broken because I will be flying to Dallas that night. Ironically, I'm traveling to learn an activity that involves mastery and will be employing the 4 s's and D-O-C. Thank you Mr. Sterner for this wonderful work!
Practical, patience building.
It applies to many new things & experiences we have. It takes patience to learn any new skill & I was glad to hear it from this book. It inspired me to not give up on any new skill or task, but to do as much possible with a happy & easy attitude.
The writing is simple; no fluff or catch phrases. The reader (author), sounds genuine & easy to listen to. Very good choice of music, fresh & soothing. Certainly worth the credit. Thanks.
Author addressed key concepts of thought, anxiety, and patience. Answers the question who is in control of my mind? Is your ego in control of your mind? Or is the real you in control? If you are not controlling your thoughts...your thoughts will be controlling you and your actions.This book should be required reading for all schools.
Very nice convergence of teachings in concentration and "being present." Takes much of the friction out of trying to stay focused on a particular task. Recommended for anyone struggling with ADD / ADHD looking for natural ways to stay focused.