Despite our best-laid plans, life can often be difficult, disappointing, and stressful. Consequently, when things don’t go right, we are often left in a state of emotional chaos, dealing with feelings like anger, anxiety, frustration, and doubt, which can cloud our perspective and negatively affect the way we live our lives. But in this inspiring book, Phillip Moffitt shows us that we need not be at the mercy of our emotions. By cultivating a responsive mind rather than a reactive one, we can achieve a state of emotional clarity that allows us to live skillfully and act with wisdom even in the face of obstacles or unhappiness.
Moffitt writes from a perspective that is grounded in both Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy. He leads us on a path that takes us from being caught in old, self-defeating habits of mind to a place of clarity where we can act from the wisdom of our intentions. Moffitt offers step-by-step exercises for abandoning unskillful behaviors and describes essential life skills that anyone can develop.
Some of the benefits of skillful living are:
Elegantly written with both precision and compassion, Emotional Chaos to Clarity is an indispensable guide for those wishing to move through life’s challenges with a calm, clear mind and a peaceful, loving heart.
©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2012 Phillip Moffitt
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
A really excellent book that I return to often and like to listen to at bedtime. Positive, uplifting, and life affirming. Really helps sort out what is important in your world and thinking and what isn't you and needs to be let go of. Highly recommended as a life changing listen.
Yes. The author understands human emotion and how emotions affect our lives. He outlines what is happening to you when you are out of emotional balance and what you can do to regain balance. Psychology is Western society's response to overwhelming or troubling emotions but it seeks to explore root causes of the discomfort which can be a long and laborious process. Sometimes, the root cause is just unknown or finding it does little to stop the emotional chaos. Moffit's approach follows the Buddhist tradition of being present with the emotion in the moment. Rather than fear the emotion or try to chase it away, Moffitt teaches one to be aware of it and make peace with it. Once one begins to becomes aware of what they are feeling through mindfulness, they are better able to tolerate the emotions and live more skillfully. Moffit does a good job of explaining this process and also how to reduce emotional chaos by making sure your intentions and your goals are aligned.
The book would have been better if it was read by Moffit himself. The narrator has a stereotypical narrator's voice. I would have much preferred to hear Moffit himself as the messages and stories are powerful but lose something being communicated through a third party who does not necessarily understand these things himself.
Emotions are emotions, passing states of mind, but they are not you!
There is so much information it can be a bit hard to digest. I advise taking it slow, stopping the track frequently to think about what he is saying and how it applies to your life.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Phillip Moffitt is a man who wants to share his wisdom about life--and what he writes is very inspirational.
I have read his other book, and listened to talks he has given over the years, and he has provided enormous insight into how to live one's life with an approach that dignifies all living things. His Buddhist approach clearly underscores his philosophy for living, but at times, it is also possible to feel and detect the other great influence in his life--Jungian psychology.
This book is perhaps his best work so far. I simply do not know how to speak highly enough about it. He provides guidelines for making wise decisions in one's life that, if utilized, surely improve the quality of our lives--and our relationships with everything we encounter.
Although Fred Stella has done an excellent job at narrating this book, I am sad that Mr. Moffitt did not read it himself, since I have listened to so many of his talks that his voice is what I expected to hear. Otherwise, I can only say, I wish I could offer this 6 stars.
This book defined may of the things that have been happening in my own life. It has help me put so many of them into prospective. Mofitt really seems to understand his subject and better yet offers guidance. This is one of those books I will listen too over and over again.
It wasn't so much a story as principles and guidelines accompanied by creative solutions.
I really enjoyed the timbre of his voice. It was easy to listen too and had a certain compelling command to it.
I actually did listen to this book in one sitting. I plugged in on a business road trip and finished on the drive. But this is book that is best absorbed by listening to it over and over again, taking the time to listen to just passages more than once.
This is a great book for those searching. I have begun a search that I think is leading me down a path towards Buddhism and an enlighten path. Mofitt makes several references to the Buddha. That certainly wasn't the path I thought I was seeking but more and more I find it so. I think everyone should listen to what this man has to say.
This book provides an excellent alternative to the more traditional 'self-help' manuscript. Moffit does an excellent job of explaining how and why we often interpret situations in manners that are detrimental, and explains how we may separate our identity from the chaos that often consumes our minds.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to have more clarity and balance in their life, with or without actually making any outward changes.
May resonate for others, but for me, I feel probably 2-3 hrs could have been shaved. Definitely will want to listen on 1.25. I struggled through the last 3-4 chapters, but did listen to chapter 2 again as recommended after completing. The "mindfulness" movement is, I feel, the next "green" movement or doing yoga for the sake of being able to say "I do yoga to". Unless you know why you do or want to, you'll wind up right where you started. Ahhhhh, which brings to "mind"; "wherever you go, there you are". Much better choice. Although if you are just beginning to stir, this could be a good start. Godspeed
this was an unexpected glimpse to meditation, and a Buda introduction. I am now intrested, where I wasn't before.
The tools provided in the practice section of this book will help you be more skillful to resolve life challenges and events.
Best book for emotional skills, besides the Holy Bible
Best information to learn, deeply insightful
Incredible presentation / speaker
A book to listen to over and over and over again throughout your whole life.
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