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Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality | [Pema Chodron]

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.
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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever had an itch, and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to "scratch", great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

On this new, full-length recording, Pema Chodron, best-selling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chodron to discover more about:

  • Critical mind: how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness
  • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri, loving-kindness, toward yourself
  • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits
  • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more

    An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chodron. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving into them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chodron guides us through this "sticky feeling", exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

    ©2005 Pema Chodron; (P)2005 Sounds True

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    "Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives." (Publishers Weekly)

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      Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 09-14-07
      Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 09-14-07 Member Since 2004
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      "Excellent"

      You can relisten to this often. Pema is so down to earth and grounded. Her wisdom and experience and gentle humour make anything she records worth listening. Thanks Pema

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      Waterbourne 11-28-06
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      this series of lectures is a good entry-point to pema's work. lots of stuff was unclear at first b/c this was the first time i'd encountered pema. the initial seeming ambiguity decreased as my knowledge of her work increased. 'awakening compassion' was a good next step from 'getting unstuck.'

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      John Harleysville, PA, United States 06-05-13
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      "Excellent overall and enjoyable"
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      Very approachable and down to earth with real world examples. Recording quality is superb. I wasn't sure what to expect from Pema but I was pleasently surprised.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      GGuerard Puget Sound, WA USA 12-22-12
      GGuerard Puget Sound, WA USA 12-22-12 Member Since 2001

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      "My favorite Pema audio!"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      "Getting Unstuck" is a good descriptive title. This helped me on my path to appreciate the now and accept what is. The audio quality if very good. I have listened to this audio at least 5 times this year. It was helpful in a difficult time and continues to inspire me. Good material and not limited. Pema talks with humor and candor. I believe this material would appeal to anyone and is not specific to Budhism. It took me to the next spiritual level in a non-religious way. If you listen while driving, just skip past the meditation part. Her material about "shenpa" is great!


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      Cindy Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 05-25-12
      Cindy Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 05-25-12
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      "Amazing and Lifechanging!"

      This book is marvelous! It's in Pema's own voice so you get to hear her wonderful inflections and delightful sense of humor first hand. The content is put simply and is very accessible - even to the non-Buddhists among us! She repeats her points (in a non-repetitive way) so they sink in. I immediately started applying many of her guidelines in some difficult personal situations. I found that I didn't get so deeply mired in my 'own stuff' and was able to recover much more quickly - with compassion for myself and others.

      I've listened to it twice already and will listen again and again for reinforcement. I've listened to another one of her books by a different narrator and, while excellent, does not have the same personal quality of this book.

      If you have never read or heard Pema's writings, this is the place to start!

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      "Best Intro to Pema"
      If you could sum up Getting Unstuck in three words, what would they be?

      Compassionate motivating funny


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      This was my intro to Pema talks, and I'm glad it was. It's shorter than some, and doesn't rely on previous buddhist studies or meditation experience. When I find that my mind is agitated or fixated, I re-listen to this talk and feel rebooted. If you are unfamiliar with Pema's content, it's pretty much about applying buddhist principals, compassion, and humor to facilitate an honest look at one's self (and the rest of Awakening). If you're unfamiliar with her style, she's smart but unpretensious, expert but open like a beginner, compassionate but not unchallenging. If you find your mind stuck, and your thoughts looping through the same old story, either for an hour or for years, this talk will be like a soothing balm.

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      Marcy RALEIGH, NC, United States 03-18-11
      Marcy RALEIGH, NC, United States 03-18-11 Member Since 2007

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      "I can't find the words!!"

      "Learn to accept the present moment as if you'd invited it and work with it instead of against it, making it your ally and not your enemy". I can't articulate how meaningful this seminar was to me. I downloaded it because of some "stuff" I'm going through right now and TIRED of giving myself over to the anguish and self loathing that always comes with "SHENPA" is now how I can categorize it.

      She touches on meditation, describes the relationship with Buddhism, but the lecture is all about how NOT to continue running from the situations that make us feel like sh*t! I mean, how long can one run from something? How CRAZY do we make ourselves trying to escape, avoid, and NOT FEEL??

      I will keep this in my playlist and will continue to come back because as enthusiastic as I am now, I have a feeling I'll slip into my old pattern of self loathing and hatred, unfortunately......

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      Pinar Los Angeles, CA, USA 07-04-08
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      "GREAT!"

      This is my favorite books of her, loved it!

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      Patrick Marietta, GA, USA 10-16-07
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      "Enjoyable and Helpful"

      Very peaceful listening, and a wonderful message. I found the concepts helpful, and just listening to the ideas helped me in my everyday life.

      The concepts are not easily mastered (if ever), but the pursuit of just accepting things and not letting them run your life, is beneficial to everyone.

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      Maureen Petrie Australia 09-16-08
      Maureen Petrie Australia 09-16-08 Listener Since 2008

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      "Getting Unstuck"

      I totally enjoyed this audio book. Pema has a sense of humour and really gives alot of insight into our emotions. She definately has helped me. Highly recommended

      4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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