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James

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BLUE MOUND, TX, United States

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  • Unconditional Confidence

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
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    (44)
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    Pema Chodron is one of today's leading meditation teachers. With more than one million books sold to date, she draws sold out crowds across the U.S. and Canada. On Unconditional Confidence, she offers two accessible sessions to help anyone find courage in times of challenge and change.

    James says: "Another Clear Sign-post from Pema for the Journey"
    "Another Clear Sign-post from Pema for the Journey"
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    The inner journey has many twists, turns, dead ends and distractions. This is my third "read" of Pema Chodron and in each one I have come away with guideposts, clear vision and surer footing for my own travels inward. Her manner, demeanor and quiet assurance are evident in her voice. Her ability to speak spontaneously with stories, analogies and structured technique lend confidence to my own experiences.

    To be able to carry her words and her voice into my own meditations and daily life contribute to my growing confidence in my ability to find my way to peace, happiness and equinimity.

    The only drawback to this book, in my mind, was the interview that was the second half of the book. I liked the idea behind the interview and some of the questions were helpful in clrarifying some of the material in the teachings. However, it became redundant and I found the interviewer's voice somewhat grating--this may be a personal preference that others might not share. I would not, however, let it stop me from reading a great lesson from a sensitive, wise teacher.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Mind-Body Code: How the Mind Wounds and Heals the Body

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mario Martinez
    Overall
    (210)
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    (118)
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    (112)

    You know that your mind influences your health-but what's influencing your mind? Unless you answer this question, teaches Dr. Mario Martinez, you may be missing a key component on the journey to health and personal excellence. On The Mind-Body Code, the founder of Biocognitive Theory presents his first audio curriculum about the dynamic interplay between our thoughts, our bodies and our cultural history-and how to unlock this powerful doorway to wellness and fulfillment.

    Katie says: "Fantastic"
    "Probably Better Resources Out There"
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    This book is not for those already well-versed in Mind/Body Medicine. In fact, it is probably not the best resource for professionals OR lay people beginning their journey into understanding and practicing it's theory. Mostly, Mr. Martinez's ideas are a restatement of Bioenergetics from the early 1970's. His explanations of "portals" of emotions is an oversimplification of Chakra theory which is better described by a myriad of teachers and authors in other resources. Much of his explanation of the interaction between mind and body is vague and difficult to follow.

    I did appreciate his casual style and I like that he narrates his own book. However, my preference for books available on Audible for Mind/Body medicine and practices would be Radical Acceptance and Meditation and Psychotherapy by Tara Brach; Mindfulness by Ellen Langer; The Mindful Brain by Daniel Siegal; and Stress-Proofing Your Brain by Rick Hansen.

    I am quite sure that Dr. Martinez's clients benefit from his understanding and "hands-on" guidance. However, for the "reader," the entree into this rich and abundant field might best be found elsewhere.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (254)
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    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "A Rebel Who Gives Us A Clue"
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    If you could sum up Rebel Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Illuminated the Path


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanation of the tenets of Buddhism using Western (American) culture images, phrases and indioms made this book relative to westerners searching for serenity, peace and enlightenment. Instead of leaving us with an image of the isolated monk, we are assured that the Path winds itself through our daily lives.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    As is my usual desire, I would have liked Dzogchen Ponlop to narrate the whole thing. It was comforting to hear him read the introduction and know his purpose in sharing his knowledge and compassion. Jonathan Davis' narration, however, was clear, easily followed and provided emphasis that enabled focus and learning of the


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Langer
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (30)
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    Ellen J. Langer, Harvard professor of psychology, determines that the mindless following of routine and other automatic behaviors lead to much error, pain, and a predetermined course of life. In this thought provoking audio book, her research has been "translated" for the lay listener. With anecdotes and metaphors, Langer explains how the mindless (as opposed to the mindful) develop mindsets of categories, associations, habits of thought born of repetition in childhood and throughout schooling.

    morton says: "Become mindful and set your own course!"
    "The Enlivening Awareness of Probability"
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    Where does Mindfulness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's hard to rate this book this way simply because All of the ones I have heard so far are good. It is, however, a great


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is a way for me to confirm and continue to practice the principles of the


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Counterclockwise study. I even purchased the Kindle book of that study.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The overwhelming need we have to maintain control over our own thinking process, especially the truth in the old saying,


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meditation and Psychotherapy: A Professional Training Course for Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tara Brach
    • Narrated By Tara Brach
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    Healing is coming home to one's own authentic self - to the loving presence that is the ground of our being. But we often get trapped by the false refuges of fear-based habits and judgmental thoughts. Created for mental health professionals and illuminating to anyone interested in the core techniques, practices and insights of Buddhist psychology, this experience focused audio learning program helps us find our way back to natural presence, a place where peace and our deep love for life grows.

    James says: "A Great Book for Pros and Lay People"
    "A Great Book for Pros and Lay People"
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    If you could sum up Meditation and Psychotherapy in three words, what would they be?

    An Enlightenment Enhancer!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Explained in common language. Great examples with precise guided meditations. Dr. Brach has the voice and the knowledge to both demonstrate and lead people to the peace and equinimity most of us are seeking.


    Have you listened to any of Tara Brach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    After listening to Radical Acceptance, I was looking forward to a more in-depth primer for both professional and personal direction. I was not disappointed. This


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    RAIN--Recognize, Accept, Investigate with Intimacy, Non-identify/naturalize. Self-compassion leading to other compassion.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (983)
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    (984)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "An Entertaining Look at World History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the World in 6 Glasses to be better than the print version?

    Haven't looked at the print version. Like the freedom listening and being free to do other things.


    What other book might you compare A History of the World in 6 Glasses to and why?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Not what I would consider an

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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