"The act of praying is not just an empty wish, because behind each prayer there is a practice of mindfulness and concentration." (Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Energy of Prayer)
In this extraordinary celebration of spirituality, The Energy of Prayer demonstrates the relevance of prayer in our daily lives. Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how the energy of prayer and meditation allow us to reconnect with our higher selves while satisfying our basic need to connect with the world as a whole. With a generous spirit that acknowledges the many different types and functions of prayer, The Energy of Prayer provides a guide for deepening our spiritual practice through the use of prayer.
Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the listener to several meditation methods that reenvision prayer as an open, inclusive, and accessible practice that helps create healthy lives through the power of awareness and intention. This audiobook includes visualization and breathing exercises as well as a rich sampling of prayers, chants, and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.
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I liked Thich Nhat Hanh’s premise: After meeting with some Catholic nuns, two Buddhist nuns told him that it seemed like Christianity was easier than Buddhism because you just pray and put your faith in God whereas with Buddhism, you have to do everything yourself. So he wanted to examine prayer in a way that would help both Buddhists and those from prayer-using faiths. It was intellectually interesting to read how he reconciled prayer with Buddhism’s central tenet of seeking proof that an idea works. He concludes that prayer is merely the initial step with which to inspire action in the real world. If you’ve read much Thich Nhat Hanh, you can probably skip this one unless you’re a practicing Christian. There are good appendices with Buddhist practices that can be used like prayers — they’re available in other books, though. Also, beware of the fallacious introduction by Larry Dossey that erroneously claims scientific studies have proven that prayer can heal. No double-blind prayer study has ever done so. Grade: B+
Ballerini is the absolute best narrator of Thich Nhat Hanh books. I’ve listened to him read other Buddhist titles and he's good, but he simply inhabits Thich Nhat Hanh's spirit in a way that's compelling all by itself. He's like Ralph Cosham's readings of Louise Penny.
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