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.
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.
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.
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.
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