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Martin

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  • Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Emotional Balance and Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Ekman, Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Richard Gere
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    At their first meeting, a remarkable bond was sparked between His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the world's most revered spiritual leaders, and the psychologist Paul Ekman, whose groundbreaking work helped to define the science of emotions. Now these two luminaries share their thinking about science and spirituality, the bonds between East and West, and the nature and quality of our emotional lives.

    Martin says: "Emotional intelligence!"
    "Emotional intelligence!"
    Overall

    I have a decided bias in favor of the audible books that are read by the author, versus those that are read by a 'professional.' So here you have the voice of Paul Ekman, the author, and his meeting with the Dalai Lama. Psychology professor Paul Ekman is renowned for his study of body language and facial expressions. His narration of the transcript of meetings between himself and the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama explores much of his research as seen through the eyes of His Holiness. Actor Richard Gere plays the part of the Dalai Lama in most of the conversations, using a strange, halting impression. Much of the information is insightful and entertaining. This audiobook is recommended for anyone who would like to eavesdrop on these two fascinating individuals and is a wonderful way to experience the material.

    Emotions unite and divide the worlds in which we live, both personal and global, motivating the best and the worst of our actions. They save our lives, enabling quick action in emergencies. Yet how we behave when we are emotional can make our lives, and the lives of those we care about, miserable. Without emotions there would be no heroism, empathy, or compassion, but neither would there be cruelty, selfishness, nor spite. Bringing different perspectives to bear;Eastern and Western, spirituality and science, Buddhism and psychology;the Dalai Lama and I sought to clarify these contradictions and illuminate some paths that might enable a balanced emotional life and a feeling of compassion that can reach across the globe.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (872)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Bilgin Esme says: "Not only procrastination"
    "Straight forward, clear approach"
    Overall

    First off, Mr. Tracy's initial point, that none of us will ever actually get caught up, was a relief for someone like me, with insatiable curiosity. I also think what he says on this audio offering is not revolutionary. Mr. Tracy has simply summarized some useful techniques and strategies that he's learned from others (Covey, Drucker...) tested by his own life experiences. The core of these teachings is this: the ability to concentrate, single minded on your most important task, to do it well, and to finish it completely is the key to success. Through 21 short, easily digested methods of personal effectiveness, Mr. Tracy expounds on this core teaching. If you are looking for a jump start or simply a reminder, this is a great primer on time management.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of the Breath: Three Guided Meditations for Calming the Mind and Cultivating Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bodhipaksa
    • Narrated By Bodhipaksa
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The answers to the most profound spiritual questions lie within us-but how do we gain access to our deepest wisdom? "Breathing is the gateway to insight," reveals Scottish-born teacher Bodhipaksa, "and meditation gives us the key." In The Wisdom of the Breath, this master teacher guides listeners through breath-centered meditations for opening to the inner core of spiritual awareness we all possess.

    Martin says: "Excellent narration, deep wisdom"
    "Excellent narration, deep wisdom"
    Overall

    The answers to the most profound spiritual questions lie within us;but how do we gain access to our deepest wisdom?

    Breathing is a gateway to insight, reveals Scottish-born teacher Bodhipaksa;and meditation gives us the key.

    On The Wisdom of Your Breath, this master teacher guides listeners through breath-centered meditations for opening to the inner core of spiritual awareness we all possess. With these three essential practices, he reveals how the breath can help you:

    * Let go of the past and future, and rest in pure presence

    * Dissolve the sense of separateness to experience oneness with the world around you

    * Embrace the essential impermanence of all life with serenity and joy

    * Tap into your own natural wisdom by exploring the breath as a metaphor for living

    Whether you're experimenting with meditation for the first time or have been practicing for years, focusing on the breath is a vital technique for realizing inner peace and clarity. Join this accessible and knowledgeable teacher for three invaluable practices to nourish your spiritual growth with The Wisdom of the Breath.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Connectors: How Successful Businesspeople Build Relationships and Win Clients for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Maribeth Kuzmeski
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    What makes the world's most successful individuals so good at their jobs? What do they do that others don't? The Connectors answers those questions with the kind of straightforward wisdom that business strategists so often overlook. Forget marketing tactics or business school best practices. Those are handy, but it's really people - and the relationships you build with them - that form the cornerstone of long-term success, sales growth, and excellence.

    Martin says: "More for the novice, and more about sales"
    "More for the novice, and more about sales"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. It started slow and seemed to take a long time to get anywhere meaningful. That may be b/c the author geared the first part of the book to the novice. However, later in the book, especially the last two chapter, the author does offer some good idea. The book is essentially about good salesmanship. If that is your domain, this may well be an important book to read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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