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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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      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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      So helpful. I found Don't Bite the Hook incredibly helpful, and this just reminds and reminds.... Someday this will be in my bones. Maybe. Pema Chodron is so patient with me that I can almost do that thing.

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      "Brings a level of peace unmatched by anything else"

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      Exemplary. Save this audiobook to be listened to again and again....and again. Brings a sense of peace that is unmatched.

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      "The best teaching ever!!"

      Pema Chodron really gets where westerners are in their heads. In this teaching, she is funny, realistic, and offers the best advice for getting unstuck with loving kindness for others and yourself.

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      I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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      Live recording of 6 workshops. For me personally it was yet another example of The Untethered Souls thorns or Brené Brown and shame spirals.

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      Over excede my expectations & the story about the movie A Beautiful Mind was amazing , the concepts of ilusional & delusional mind & the comparoson With our daily life . Also that not resisting the thoughts/ Shanpa but instead trying to be present focusing With the breath is the Door Way to enlightnen & extremely important that setting bounderies is very compasionate .... It is just great teachings ... Much blessings to Pema & audible 💖

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      All throughout this book I had the uncontrollable urge to cry. Something about peas voice and what's she's saying just makes you release and know it's all going to be ok.

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      A woman in process. I love everything that encourages love, growth and mental and spiritual health. I love everyone and everyone loves me.

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      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Pema Chodron teaches you how to stay and deal with the pain and the feeling of being uncomfortable. Many times we want to run away and not deal with the painful yet powerful emotions that are causing distress in our lives. Pema teaches us that staying and dealing with the pain you can learn how to get unstuck and grow in the right direction.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Getting Unstuck?

      Learning about 'Shempa' and how it works. I loved the kindness you feel hearing Pema's voice. It's a voice of love and acceptance.


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      This book is a Pema Chodron classic and a great introduction to Pema's teachings.

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      "A clear teaching on how thoughts get us 'hooked'"

      Pema's style is frank and refreshing. I would recommend listening through twice. This recording may be beneficial to listen to while taking walks or doing chores, in order to establish its message in everyday activities.

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