Illuminated the Path
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.
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
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.
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.
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
This book is a way for me to confirm and continue to practice the principles of the
The Counterclockwise study. I even purchased the Kindle book of that study.
The overwhelming need we have to maintain control over our own thinking process, especially the truth in the old saying,
An Enlightenment Enhancer!
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.
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
RAIN--Recognize, Accept, Investigate with Intimacy, Non-identify/naturalize. Self-compassion leading to other compassion.
Haven't looked at the print version. Like the freedom listening and being free to do other things.
Not what I would consider an
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