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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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    Brenda 02-16-15
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    "Don't over-think it"

    Great concepts to help to get out of your head, especially for those of us who over-think everything. Easy to understand...easy to listen to...easy to apply. Enjoyable.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Growing in Christ Together Valencia, Spain 08-30-11
    Growing in Christ Together 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.

    25 of 26 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!

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 06-29-13
    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.

    40 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Emmanuel Munoz 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting point"

    I like the thought that we learn is when we are in the present moment I see that point since sometimes I have to re-read something just because I am thinking of something else

    6 of 6 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.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Butler, Australia 09-04-13
    Michelle Butler, Australia 09-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Just love books.

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    "Awesome - download it now!"
    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!

    14 of 16 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!


    25 of 30 people found this review helpful
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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.

    25 of 30 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.


    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    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!

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. McKenzie
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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