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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm | [Thich Nhat Hanh]

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity.
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Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.

Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we are able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.

Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day.

©2012 Thich Nhat Hanh (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Raelene Blackheath, Australia 09-09-13
    Raelene Blackheath, Australia 09-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, principally because of the narrator whose smooth delivery left me unmoved.


    What could Thich Nhat Hanh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I'd much rather listen to the author himself - even though his delivery can be difficult at times, it carries so much more than having someone else reading from a text.


    Could you see Fear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    eugene Lincolc, CA, United States 02-11-13
    eugene Lincolc, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Fear again? Why?

    yes, the content is vast


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator is good however, much can be learned through listening to the sound of Thich Nhat Hanhs voice.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 10-04-13
    Virginia United States 10-04-13
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    "A great great book"

    First let me clarify that this is a Buddhist book filled with the teachings of the Buddha ... i am not a Buddhist yet i found it extremely helpful ... it's kind of a next step after one digs deep into one's self (introspection work) ... it helps with getting over the pain and suffering (after being acknowledged and experienced that is )
    I found it much more "REAL" than the self -help books that usually left me lost and frustrated ... i highly recommended
    note: the narration was excellent

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    Dawn North Hollywood, CA, United States 04-10-13
    Dawn North Hollywood, CA, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A poor representation of the teachings."
    What disappointed you about Fear?

    I read and listened to other versions of the same teachings and been inspired by them but this is a very bleak and matter of fact presentation of these ideas. If you are just learning about this way of thinking or being you should not start with this. I would look to Jon Kabat Zinn for a more realistic approach. I'm going out on a limb here but I feel that the Dali lama is so out of touch with the common man that it is difficult for him to present these ideas in a way that would appeal to the common man with everyday and current times struggle. His world is too far removed.


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    This book will help you understand and face your fears, and so eventually reach a place of fearlessness and freedom. From this place of liberty you are then free to enjoy your life. This great teacher's writing has changed my life, if you let his words seep into your consciousness as you read, the same will happen for you. Very simply written and easy to understand. Let this man's words into your life, you will not regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
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    4/13/13
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    "Excellent!"

    Beautifully narrated and very thought provoking. I have already listened twice and found the meditation exercises very helpful.

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