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Getting Unstuck Speech
Getting Unstuck
Written by: 
Pema Chodron
Narrated by: 
Pema Chodron
Getting Unstuck Speech

Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

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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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      Connie new york, NY, United States 08-30-06 Member Since 2015
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      "Catch the Shempa"

      Brilliant. Wish I could thank her in person for this amazingly clear insight. I can't believe I may actually "get it" after all these years. I will be listening to this over and over again. Extremely clear.

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      "A Required Course"

      Pema Chodren's light, humorous and approachable way allows listeners to be introduced to a concept and path of Tibetan Buddhism that frees us from the suffering of our own minds. She offers practical and applicable tools to stay present to what is, and allow intense emotions to be witnessed and released. There are many golden nuggets of wisdom that everyone should have access to. The more people that truly grasp these ideas and ways of being, the happier and healthier this world will be.

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      "Pema helped me with her hilarious wisdom…"

      I thought that I was just not able to "Stay" because of my being so new to Meditation, but I just need to learn…Yep that's it, right? I was ready for a much more dull, but insightful teaching. I was so amazed by Pema's imperfectly Perfect quite Normal & Hilarious stories. Thank you for letting me be imperfect while I actually learned how to expect the thoughts to creep in and make them wait until I was ready to deal with my craziness. I was able to really Stay long enough to be able to take on whatever came my way calmly confidently. I will always be excited to learn all I can from such a beautiful human being as is Pema.

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      "she's an amazing exampe of what it is to be human."

      we all search for an explanation of what it SHOULD feel like to be Human. we sometimes think we have it all wrong and that for some reason we're not finding the happiness that it seems everyone else has.

      She offers a perfect way to be imperfect. She invites you to see that by acknowledging and accepting that if you're human, you're going to feel. Not necessarily feel "good"... Just feel. And THAT is where you find peace and happiness! You find it in the bad stuff. So you learn to "invite" the bad stuff so that you have an opportunity to "know" what it feels like to be human and you begin to rejoice and your heart begins to fill with gratitude.

      I could listen to her speak all day. She has an inviting, soft, funny and gentle personality and she allows you into her heart where we all lock away shame and guilt and she shows you that you're not alone!

      She has done an amazing job with her journey!

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      this great book allows you to manage the things that make you nervous or get you stuck

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      "So incredibly helpful. Thank you."

      Whatever ails you, listen to this. It helped me put a lot of things into perspective.

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      I enjoyed the way stories were presented with a whimsical fashion, made one think about how it relates in our lives.

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      This is an absolutely "must have" and one that I always go back to again and again when I feel any sense of imbalance or negative emotions whatsoever. If you've never had the gift of listening to Pema Chodron, you will be so glad you made this purchase. She's the perfect balance of wisdom, calmness, true spiritual teacher, and she combines all that with laugh out loud humor. She speaks directly to you and the teachings in this book, but her personal story is amazing (you can find several interviews on YouTube with her, including one with Oprah.) If you're looking to find yourself and stop the madness in your head and in your world, GET THIS BOOK.

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      Caroline 03-23-16
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      "wisdom and compassion!"

      She's a blessing to the world. True dat. Light, funny, profound. Om mane peme hung

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      "excellent"

      Pema is fun and down to earth, which comes through as you listen to this audiobook. Also the info in it is invaluable.
      ...So- fun, and enjoyable to listen to, while benefiting greatly from the knowledge that Pema has to share. How could you give it any less than five stars?

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