A life without stress or fear may seem like an impossible dream-yet Thich Nhat Hanh has spent a lifetime proving not only is it possible, but it is also within our grasp. On Living Without Stress or Fear, this treasured Zen master shares a message of hope: that we can, through the practice of mindfulness, find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger and despair "Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it," reveals Thich Nhat Hanh. "Through mindful living, we learn to nourish our compassionate nature instead."
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I have several of Thay's books and have even had the opportunity to "be" at one of his retreats at Spirit Rock (Northern California) many years ago. I find this audio book to be soothing to my soul. Some words are difficult to discern but upon closer (and mindful) listening his message comes through clearly. I do find that I listen to the same sections more than once, not because I didn't understand, but because the wisdom is rich and the reminders to "stop" and relax, and smile resonate with me in the midst of my busy-ness. He implores us to be kind to ourselves and that if we are to have a peaceful world we must be at peace with our own bodies.
This lecture is obviously a recording of a retreat session. I felt as though I was having my own "space" and he makes meditation accessible sprinkled with loving humor ("you don't have to force yourself to sit in a lotus position - sit in the magnolia position").
I am cultivating calm each time I hear this recording.
May you be happy, may you be free from suffering, may you live with ease.
Some people find a reason to complain about everything.. because they are not happy with themselves. Possibly such as the person who left the 1st review here.
I just downloaded this book so I haven't heard it yet but I have listened to several of his other books which are written I spoken by him.. The Art of Power & The Ultimate Universe.. both of which were great. Of those 2, I recommend the Art Of Power... the Ultimate Universe is more for folks a bit deeper into the path.
His English is fine & understandable.. it's better to hear his calming voice in the way he intends to communicate his words. I have listened to & read close to 100 book on zen, buddhism & spirituality & Tich Nhat Hanh is definitely on the top of the list.. He is a very soft hearted communicator with a vary feminine energy which is unique for a male Zen Master.. This is because he is like a walking orb of love & light. That's the best way to describe Tich Nhat Han. Many resonate with his teaching style for this reason. For some, a more aggressive approach is more helpful but I find it a wonderful compliment to other more aggressive zen teachings.
I'm exited to hear more of this amazing Teaches works.
May we each find our way back home..
Endless Bows to Tich Nhat Hanh,
Endless Bows to all beings*
Yes, but hard to understand due to his accent.
I liked the analogy of life with fire, water, earth, etc.
Yes, focus on what I am doing at the moment instead of thinking of other things.
I found his accent so thick I couldn't listen to the book unless I was in total silence which meant listening on the bus home was impossible.
Disappointing that I couldn't hear what he was saying.
I'm not going to trash this lecture because Thich Nhat Hanh is an excellent teacher, but as the other reviewer stated, he was virtually unintelligible. Get something written by him and narrated by someone else. I found a title called"No Death no Fear" and find it to be very good. Or better yet, just get something by Pema Chodron.
The english is completely intellegible. It should have been read by someone else that really speaks english.Boring... It is very repetitive and does not really help you with insides, but all it does is tell you stories and metaphores. A waste of my credit definately.
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