OK, the speakers are giants, the material is solid. At the same time, for any seasoned practitioner of Christian prayer, meditation, Krishna consciousness, yoga or Sufism - there is precious little new to learn here. I like other presentations from Fr. Richard Rohr much much more.
The book is fascinating. Parallels and some polemic with the Sufi, Kabbala and Indian mysticism and philosophy are presented, which makes it interesting for any explorer. What surprised me was that Audible produced a book with a reader who mispronounces even the name of the book! You have to be prepared to endure the whole book with the name of Jung pronounced as "young" and many other non-English names and words tortured into caricatures. Well, at least it is an audio-book, presumably better than computer-read. I am grateful for that.
Certainly, a dynamic and absorbing book. What I miss is a single act of kindness or a single positive character that is not thwarted or wind up dead or mangled. Does it have to be so negative and gruesome? I admired the other book by Leslie Stein on the Jung's formula for "Becoming Whole" but here even Jung appears in a rather unappealing light. Is it meant to be some combination of Kafka and Jung? Or did the author consider that one more chapter with resolutions and keys would already make it pedestrian? I wouldn't share that apprehension. Obviously, Ms. Leslie Stein must have not been able to find a likable experience in her travel(s) to India, but there is hardly anything, anyone or anywhere inspiring in the book's descriptions. I expected a more cathartic denouement in a text by a notable and learned Jungian scholar. Perhaps, I could benefit to see some Jungian decipherment here and would be glad to improve my opinion (and mark).
Accomplish more by speaking less. Which questions will switch on the speaker's own capacity to understand and find a practical solution? By asking about their thinking you help them get out of the harried victim mode into a more transcendent clarity vision.
It is quite involved and entails getting used to a special terminology. Applying it in life is even more challenging, because you will sound very much differently from what you usually are. But even a little application of David Rock's 6 steps seems to help me approach all relationships and human interactions in a much more effective way. It shows how to actually contribute to positive and natural solutions.
Out of many self-improvement books out there, this is one of the most well presented, with lots of fascinating research and clear action guidelines.
Dr. Kelly McGonigal is doing a superb job and Walter Dixon delivers it perfectly. I could not believe one can express quotation marks and other text format features by voice so clearly.
Willpower can depleted, but can also be trained (5 min. of meditation, or even a little exercise inspires people to study more and watch less TV:-)
Already re-listening it, and plan to re-listen till I memorize it:-)
I am wowed. How delightful are the speech modality changes, how refreshing is the intellectual challenge of the time paradoxes, how helpful the moral lessons - not just coined in aphorisms but enacted in life-size characters. In my middle age, I am happy to learn how to respond to stress in a dignified manner and how not to demean to react in whatever burlish way the environment has conditioned me. OSC - I am awed by you all the more, you never cease to gratify all the human needs, from my simple appetite for entertainment, to the need to think new thoughts, and all the way to the need to ever come closer to comprehend the Unlimited One. Thank you!
Lots of practical information on how to handle life:) When listening, I wished to note down most of the book, but fortunately, each scene (yes, the book is set like a drama) is followed by the "Surprises about the brain" and "Things to try" which both give a succinct summary of salient points and immediately doable exercises or tweaks. Excellent material. I am going to get myself David Rock's other book, "Quiet leadership", inspired by how he approaches effecting change in oneself and others.
Richard Rohr is brilliant as always in his discovering, enriching and blending to guide us to the mature spirituality. Adding insights from past and present thinkers Rohr provides us a path, with clear steps of growth, so we are not lost in the unlimited "in-between" but can relate to a task here and now.
This audio FORMAT from Audible however, sucks sucks sucks x 1000. It gets stuck in the same place, I cannot play it on my favorite devices, I cannot normally skip 10 sec bacwards/forwards for relistening - it skips the whole chapter, it crashes my player, sections are just scratch noises -- o Lord, why can't they just give us an MP3 for our money??
Very inquisitive about different paths to God, or Truth, or Reality, I have been perplexed about Mormonism for some time. I am very glad there is a book like "Saints" by Orson Card to give an engaging narrative, with substantial historic veracity, not hiding anything that will strike a non-Mormon as dirty, and showing also the doctrine as a devout would see it. Bravo, dear Orson Card, you are always a victorious generous giver in all your many books I have read.
Brilliant! Finally this strange old tragedy started make sense. Finally there is a certain "rhyme and reason" to the behavior of one of the most famous heroes in dramatic history - Hamlet. Till today it always baffled me, why Hamlet has been so wildly popular through the centuries. Probably it has been touching the same backstory in our subconcsious that OSCard tries to bring forward. Hearing it has been intellectually very satisfying, thank you!
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