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The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life | [Thomas M. Sterner]

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

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.
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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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    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Paso Robles, CA, United States 01-23-12
    Lucy Paso Robles, CA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Practicing Mind the most enjoyable?

    I've listened to many books on the subject of mindfulness, and this one is the best. Clear and perfectly to the point. Author is fascinating.


    6 of 6 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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Wassenaar, Netherlands 01-23-12
    Antony Wassenaar, Netherlands 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!


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Valencia, Spain 08-30-11
    Joseph Valencia, Spain 08-30-11

    Blessed to bless

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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.

    9 of 10 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.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Poway, CA, United States 07-03-11
    Matthew Poway, CA, United States 07-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    This book is a wonderful book that keeps thing in proper perspective. I am much more content and happier by just staying in the moment and focusing in on one thing at a time. Highly recommend it.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-09-12
    Robert 01-09-12 Member Since 2014

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    Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

    I would listen again. This is because I just could not listen to the book continually during one sitting. I actually listened to two other books while trying to complete this book. Perhaps if I could read in sequence the information would make more sense and be a greater value.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Thomas M. Sterner?

    Perhaps, if the narrator adjust reading style based on the material.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mikekikon CT 09-12-14
    Mikekikon CT 09-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Practicing Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best "self-help" book I've read yet, although I haven't read too many of them.


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

    No, but I would like to hear more from him. Great reading voice, very soothing and genuine.


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

    1. Focus on the present and on the process and use your goal only as a rudder. Most stress and anxiety are creations of your own mind, and come about when you're not focusing on the present. If you're always thinking about the future or the past and never the present, you will never be happy with where you are.

    2. D.O.C. - Do. Observe. Correct. Just do your best. Failing is a part of life, so you shouldn't be anxious about it. When you fail, don't get emotional about it. Instead, observe what went wrong and correct it next time. This is how practice works.

    3. "At what point in the stage of the life of a flower has it reached perfection?" This part of the book made me tear up on the first and subsequent listens. The answer is that the flower is always perfect at being what it is in that stage of its life. It's no use getting frustrated about not being where you want to be. You will get there, but it will take time, and you should enjoy where you are right now because there is beauty in every stage of life. This is an extremely freeing concept.

    I've started trying to apply these concepts both in my work and while driving. I still have a long way to go, but when I remind myself of these ideas I experience much less fear, frustration, and restlessness, and are more compassionate towards others who I can see are struggling with the same issues.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it was longer! I'm on my second listen and will probably revisit this book in the future to help reinforce these ideas in my mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Butler, Australia 09-04-13
    Michelle Butler, Australia 09-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    If you could sum up The Practicing Mind in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, practical, obtainable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    His narration was excellent. He just exuded patience and calmness.


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

    No, but i listened to it 3 times already.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

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