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John Steven

Cowichan Valley, BC | Member Since 2005

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  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

    • NONE (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh
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    This award-winning anthology of poetry and prose takes a new look at being a woman - particularly an aging woman - in a society that prizes and glorifies youth. The works are by both younger writers looking forward in time and writers who have experienced the joys and challenges of growing older. This international best seller was put together by editor Sandra Martz who selected the collection's pieces from thousands of submitted manuscripts.

    John Steven says: "Expectations interfere ..."
    "Expectations interfere ..."
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    Expectations interfere with appreciation of the present.
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    It is to be regretted that the previous two reviewers had difficulty understanding the speech of Thich Nhat Hanh in this recording.
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    Our speaker begins with the recommendation: "The practice of buddhist meditation ... is to get the capacity to enjoy peace ... ", and he continues, to say that often we miss the present moment because we are looking for something else. The previous reviewers might have found benefit in taking that to heart.
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    I would suggest that the previous reviewers might learn from their experience, benefit from the opportunity, by resting in awareness of their struggle with the speech sounds of Thich Nhat Hanh, so they might relax out of that struggle, and find peace and openness to the realities of the moment, the moment in this case being the excellent teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. As long as one gives one's awareness to the barrier, the difficulty, that is what one will know. That difficulty, that struggle, is not necessary; by bringing struggle to the relationship, one's awareness of the relationship is dominated by the experience of one's own contribution of struggle.
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    Ironic, that the previous reviewers' need of the teachings interfered with their hearing of the teachings. In such a situation, one might stop trying, stop projecting whatever attempt to understand is not being successful, and rest a few moments in peaceful openness, in simple receptivity, before playing the recording again. Let effort and struggle subside, let the activities of the thinking mind subsite, and receive the teachings with an open heart.
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    A teacher cannot teach; only, a student can learn.
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    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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