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The Practicing Mind Audiobook

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

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Publisher's Summary

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living.

The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment. Its internal dialogue is always firing off thoughts filled with emotional content and pulling the individual out of the present and into the past or future. But individuals raised in Western culture are becoming increasingly aware of their overall sense of mental exhaustion, their lack of discipline and their inability to focus on demand. They are willing to expend the energy necessary to experience inner peace and a quiet mind that is waiting to follow the direction of their will. They are realizing that the endless struggle to fulfill the insatiable appetite of instant gratification is fruitless and tiresome at best. They are ripe for a new path in life and eager for a new set of instructions.

This is the purpose of The Practicing Mind. It comprehensively deals with helping the individual understand exactly what present-moment awareness is, how we are raised in a manner contradictory to this, and how we change our mindset to make this a part of our daily living. This book is accessible to listeners of all philosophical backgrounds. Regardless of your perspective, you will find the book's insights most compelling.

©2012 New World Library (P)2014 Thomas M Sterner

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    Elizabeth 06-29-13
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    "Simple & Profound"

    I tend to be bitterly disappointed by self-help books but decided to try this one when events and challenges in my life began to get the best of me. Inspired by one of the reviews about the power of Sterner's ideas, I purchased the audiobook. Today I'm so happy I did so. The book is definitely a keeper, and I plan to listen to it over and over again until cultivation of "the practicing mind" replaces the habit of self-judgment and fear of failure. With the author's clear explaination of how ego-driven thought patterns sabotage our efforts and his message about "the simplicity of doing one thing at a time...slowly, with purpose," he shows how focusing on either "success" or "failure" causes suffering.

    90 of 94 people found this review helpful
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    azmom 04-04-15
    azmom 04-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration"

    The positive:
    - I tend to get overwhelmed with large or stressful tasks and either procrastinate on starting or fail to complete them. The concept of taking your time and going slowly about your activities one little section at a time to get more done was a great take-away for me.

    - Many books on mindfulness are philosophical treatises, where this one gave some very practical exercises to practice during everyday activities, allowing the reader to immediately test the ideas and put them to use.

    - I also appreciated the comparisons of cultures being process oriented versus wanting fast results and how this affects the quality of the finished product. That section was worth reflection and perhaps a second listen.

    The slight negative: While I appreciate narrators who speak clearly and annunciate their words, the author over annunciated to the point of distraction. I had to listen at 1.25 speed to make it more tolerable to listen to. This remedied the problem for me.

    Overall, very worth the listen. I recommend this book for the wisdom and insights that the practical exercises will bring you.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Becky Quinn Huntsville, Alabama USA 09-16-13
    Mrs. Becky Quinn Huntsville, Alabama USA 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Big impact, excellent advice,multiple applications"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Practicing Mind to be better than the print version?

    yes, more authentic for author to read it, effective to be able to repeat specific sections,
    Just wish there was a way to include his references (in the back of the book)


    What did you like best about this story?

    Analytical approach broken down Into logical steps for consistent improvement. Most encouraging for learning a new skill or subject. Excellent!


    Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Sterner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    unfortunately I haven't, I would like to because I like his approach and his integrity


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and no...It was a most interesting approach and I wanted to hear it all now. I also found myself going back to key areas several times for his suggested applications to become part of my process.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the typical surface suggestions, instead in depth thought and many process applications. just outstanding!

    41 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Christian Tools and Tips Spain 08-30-11

    ...knowing and enjoying God more intimately through Christ Jesus, by the the Holy Spirit.

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    "Great Purchase!!!"

    Thanks Thomas for sharing these wonderful findings with us through your audiobook.
    I have learned:
    1. How to actually live in the present moment everyday.
    2. How to effectively and joyfully practice any skill or anything by using your suggestions.

    With this change of mindset, I`m joyfully back to my once annoying and tiring Piano Lessons!

    Thanks once again from Joseph Amen, Valencia, Spain.

    36 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Kompetensforum Sverige AB 03-08-15
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    "Great analysis of essentials of life"

    I knew it all from experience in life. But everything became so much more manageable after taking part of the way the author describes it. I have listened 4 times, and I still find new information to apply.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    P. Schneider Brooklyn, NY 09-26-15
    P. Schneider Brooklyn, NY 09-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Probably intends well..."

    There are a couple of worthwhile takeaways. The concepts aren't new, but if they're new to you, that's what matters. Enjoy the process of what you're doing and you're more likely to achieve. We live in a culture that asks us to strive for flawless-ness and perfection. Since we're judged in such static terms, we're unlikely to truly achieve the potential of ourselves and of the projects we take on.

    The book itself is a meditation on the subject. The writing is a bit too informal for the book's mission: to get us to consider a healthier and happier way to think about everyday activities and challenges. The examples and language come off as a bit lazy, at times laughable (when does a blooming flower reach perfection? A blooming flower is always perfect). Because of the imprecision of the language, there's a loss of logic and overuse of hyperbolic language. The chapters swing this way, then that way. We talk about the movie The Natural, then worrying less about results and more about process, then how watching TV has little Return on Investment. Awkward.

    The audible reading is robotic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brent R. Baker 03-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book with some great points"

    I really did enjoy the book. Author has an easy to understand way of putting things which I will definitely implement into my life. my only problem with the book was the narrative. I wish they would've spent the $$ on a professional reader. I'm not sure why they didn't, everyone has their reasons for things, but it was definitely "Read". But the information in it is very eye opening & I will be listening again soon with a pad & pen, taking notes. Worth the $$, just go into hearing the reading of it with an open mind.

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    Shaun Auckland, New Zealand 08-05-11
    Shaun Auckland, New Zealand 08-05-11
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    "Very insightful!!!"

    Very good audio book, would recomend this one if you are a very busy person or just want to be able to think more clearly. I found some of the information and paradox's very enlightening - they teach you how to focus on the moment you are in. It has complemented my self development audio library very well.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Antony 01-23-12
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    "A fabulous book, narrated by a true Master"
    Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

    This is a great book with step-by-step instructions on how to develop the habit of practicing rituals for creating desired habits. The author's instructions are interwoven with fascinating stories and personal anecdotes from his life, and explained in a simple, clear, easy to w way


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the simplicity of the principles Thomas Sterner describes in this book. It's got none of the fluffy New Age mumbo-jumbo that describe vague concepts but don't really tell you what to do and how to do it.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Practicing Mind?

    Focus on the process and not the end product - you'll get there faster, easier, and with a lot less effort!


    34 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Lisboa, Portugal 02-06-12
    Maria Lisboa, Portugal 02-06-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Really helpful. Well paced and easy to follow."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For those interested in Mindfulness and Self awareness this is a must. I've been listening to this audiobook constantly since I downloaded it. It's that good.
    It's a short book. Each chapter is very clear, with a good balance between the idea proposed and examples.
    I liked the narration a lot too.


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  • Juliasen
    4/9/15
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    "Life changing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A good friend had found this book so inspiring he had gifted it to 10 of his friends, including myself. I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and a highly driven, motivated and (I would like to think) organized person but despite seemingly having achieved many of my professional goals I still find that I regularly berate myself for not achieving more in every aspect of my life, leaving me constantly stressed and frustrated at my perceived underachievements. In the last week I have listened to this book twice over. It has already changed my life for the better - no understatement. It has just a few vital themes which are explained in beautiful simplicity with the author's true life illustrations which are easy to relate to despite his professional background being a million miles from my own. It is about enjoying the process of life and all the richness that it brings. It is genuinely liberating. By applying the principles in only the last few days I am already feeling more in control, calmer and I am letting go of that nagging sense of having a thousand things I should be doing. I will be re-listening to this repeatedly until I am fully applying these principles and will be passing on this gift to my nearest and dearest.


    What could Thomas M. Sterner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no suggestions. It ticked all the boxes for me


    What does Thomas M. Sterner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The fact that it is the author reading the book, despite not being an actor brought authenticity to this work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter about teaching and learning from children, in particular his experience with his own.


    Any additional comments?

    An inspiring read. Brushing my teeth will never be the same again!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • R. Ansah
    1/1/15
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    "Essential Reading For Any One Aspiring Greatness"
    If you could sum up The Practicing Mind in three words, what would they be?

    practical, simple, instructive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Practicing Mind?

    Describing the perfection of a seed transforming into a flower as perfection at every stage of development and then comparing those stages to when one stays present and learn to enjoy the process at every stage of what we are doing.

    Its easy to get frustrated when one loses focus on the task at hand or the process that needs to be carried out to achieve our goals.

    We have to get into the habit of following the process and enjoying the journey on route to achieving the goal


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Chapter 8 and 9 where my favourites


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I completed it in two sittings


    Any additional comments?

    If you are someone who gets frustrated when things are not going your way and need to understand how winning is done, Especially if you are an entrepreneur, business, sales or parenthood (the author shares a lot of practical experiences)... get this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • TallBrew
    4/10/15
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    "Worth Re-Listening to :-)"

    Some of the insights made me stop and think about my own routines. As the book reiterates, our whole lives are a series of routines that we can change if we are conscious/mindful of them.

    I really liked the idea of drastically slowing down an activity that you would normally rush. It forces you into the present moment and you even begin to enjoy the process.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Z. St Pierre
    11/8/15
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    "Will this book really make a difference?"

    Short answer - yes.

    Long answer - whenever I read reviews on self help books my overriding question is always " did it actually change your life in some significant way?"
    I listened to this book to and from work for several weeks so that I could absorb the messages contained within each chapter and I have to confess there has been a fundamental shift in my outlook on life.
    I am a chronic perfectionist and this book has enabled me to stop obsessing about the goal to enjoying the process in aiming for the goal and detaching from the outcome. Not easy to begin with but life is so much more enjoyable now.
    I have applied the principals contained within the book to my yoga lessons, to starting my own business and to refurbishing my home.
    There is an age-old profound message within the pages of this book and if you are ready to receive the message it could change your life for the better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paschal
    Cork, Ireland
    4/24/16
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    "One of a few life changing books"

    The author is a musician who practices a lot in order to improve. He also has a business where he fixes pianos.

    He found that he was frustrated by not reaching his goals.

    He studied the problem and found that many people in the West focus on the end goal and "will be happy when".

    He found that in the East they focus instead on the joy of the process of slowly making progress towards the goal.

    Some of the items that I learned from The Practicing Mind are as follows.

    His story about the seed flower journey is life changing. It helps us realise that we are perfect now.

    Slow down and act deliberately and the results will come 40% quicker. Slow down and observe yourself doing your work slowly.

    Get lost in the joy of the process. It is a mistake to look at the end goal and not being happy til there.

    With patience you are always experiencing your goal.

    Your goal should always be learning or progressing.

    He mentiones the infinite nature of progress.

    Stay in the process, aware of goal but focused on process. Simplify break goals Small (fitness + cleaning shed etc).

    DOC Do Observe Correct (fun) instead of looking at goal (victory) all of the time.

    Fretting has no effect on getting things done.

    The real thrill in anything is the anticipation. Enjoy the process and practice of getting the goal. Avoid instant-gratification. Car advertisements show perfection not reality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tra Doan
    6/28/15
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    "A great reminder everyone needs"

    I was on midway of listening to this book when I had to do a test. It was an analytical test where I had to use some new excel tool which I had no prior experience with. The test took two hours with 30 questions. The first half an hour I got panicked and thought I wouldn't be able to do it. However, I remember the author's word to slow down and be in the moment and I became more relaxed and eventually finished the test.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johan
    6/5/15
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    "love it"

    Love it and will listen to it again in the near future. I opens another way of thinking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mick
    Grampian
    5/5/15
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    "Well worthwhile listen"
    Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

    Yes. It contains a number of very helpful insights, it's engaging and I can see a time where I will re-listen to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    N/A although the writer uses numerous good analogies from the worlds of sport and music to effectively illustrate some of the more abstract points.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Once you've heard the book you'll understand how ironic this question is.


    Any additional comments?

    The book offers a refreshing take on present mindedness which was an enjoyable listen.

    As the author states, he has designed the book so you can dip in at any point which made it very easy to enjoy in bite size chunks.

    I am very fussy about narrators and this does have a slightly odd style at points. This wasn't enough to affect my enjoyment of the book but I would suggest you listen to the preview before buying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • George Warrington
    10/2/16
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    "Amazing"

    One of the best books I've ever read by far. So many points hit home

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. T. Khanam
    oxford, united kingdom
    8/22/16
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    "It works"

    The whole theory is true and the techniques work. I am practicing it at work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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