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Walt Longmire

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  • The Worry Trick

  • How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It
  • By: David Carbonell PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

Are you truly in danger or has your brain simply "tricked" you into thinking you are? In The Worry Trick, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows how anxiety hijacks the brain and offers effective techniques to help you break the cycle of worry, once and for all. Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question ourselves and our decisions, causes us to worry about the future, and fills our days with dread and emotional turbulence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow!

  • By nf on 10-05-17

The Worry Trick is the Worry Cure

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Reviewed: 03-19-19

I have read many books on anxiety, worry, CBT, REBT, and both the Worry Trick and the Worry Cure. In my view I have found that CBT has some flaws where a person disputes thoughts, but how do you dispute irrational thoughts if you are in a mental place of being irrational (worries and anxieties). I was please do hear the author state this very similar concern with CBT.

The information in this book about how worries start, how to "change your relationship" with worry, how to use counter intuitive approaches has been a big help to me. I would say out of decades of reading and working through various anxiety issues this book has had the most positive impact on my thinking and approach to worry. I have so many notes in this audible book that I wrote many down for a daily a guide and bought the printed book. This book is pure gold. I had it to two weeks and on my second listen.

  • Self-Esteem: Fast Proven Treatment for Recovery from Low Self-Esteem

  • By: Jennifer Alison
  • Narrated by: Heather Tuya
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Don't let low self-esteem rule your life - overcome it fast with easy practicable steps. Low self-esteem can affect every area of our lives. It can be a horrible curse to live with, but thankfully one that can be beaten. Dr. Jennifer Alison's Self-Esteem: Fast Proven Treatment for Recovery from Low Self-Esteem is a much-praised international best seller, thanks to its practical and easy-to-implement advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very helpful book, thank you.

  • By Connor Pole on 08-05-16

Why such high reviews?

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Reviewed: 01-16-19

The author goes on with example after example of why people have low self esteem. This goes on and on. I kept skipping forward until.. it was obvious there is nothing worthwhile in this book. If you know your self-esteem issues are related to issues in childhood (alcoholic parents, other issues) then there you go. You have the gist of this book. I do not see any practical advice in this book.

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  • Emotional Agility

  • Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
  • By: Susan David
  • Narrated by: Susan David
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

The path to personal and professional fulfillment is rarely straight. Ask anyone who has achieved his or her biggest goals or whose relationships thrive, and you'll hear stories of many unexpected detours along the way. What separates those who master these challenges and those who get derailed? The answer is agility - emotional agility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on being human in the best possible way

  • By Daffodil Jones on 11-30-16

Search for the PDF she published forget this book

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-09-19

This book is one story of one person after another. One study after another. Very little practical advice. She pulls some word for word on ACT, canned techniques, tons of filler. This is what you get when you try to make a book out of an article.

  • Summary of Michael A. Singer's The Untethered Soul: Key Takeaways & Analysis

  • By: Sumoreads
  • Narrated by: Serena Travis
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Don't miss this summary of Michael A. Singer's thought-provoking book, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself. In his book, Singer provides unmatched clarity in describing the roadblocks to your own happiness and how to retake control of your mental health and well-being. This Sumoreads summary includes key takeaways and analysis to help you fully understand how to overcome your doubts and insecurities and become the master of your inner mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great synopsis

  • By David Shore on 01-17-18

Excellent Summary if you read the book

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Reviewed: 10-28-18

I've listened to this multiple times to gain inside from the book. they stayed in correctly that singer does not give any guidance his book is all about guidance.

  • The Presence Process

  • A Journey into Present Moment Awareness
  • By: Michael Brown
  • Narrated by: David Robert Ord
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

We all long to be free of our discomfort and experience inner peace. However, the attempt to get rid of our discomfort is misguided. We're not broken and don't need to be "healed". Our difficulty is that our deeply suppressed emotional imprints from childhood distract us from an awareness of the present moment. Until this emotional charge from our past is integrated, our attempts to quiet our thoughts and access the peace, joy, and love that are bedrock to our being are of only limited success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very happy

  • By J. Phillips on 11-04-16

First Two Hours - The Presence Process will..

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1 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-18-18

The author talks about that the "Presence Process..." will do this, do that, it will do a, b, c. He says "The Presence Process" probably 200 times during the first two hours. But does not give you any guidance about it. Finally when it gets to Week 1, I had enough and returned it.

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  • Full Catastrophe Living

  • Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103

It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Secular" Buddhism for greater wellness

  • By connie on 06-07-08

No practical guidance

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Reviewed: 09-28-18

This book is mainly a discussion of all the issues we run into in our daily lives stress at work stress at home how we think how we feel. Yes John, I know my areas of stress, yes I know it causes this, that and the other thing. When are you going to get to some practice advice? One good thing was a discussion about body scan meditation. The rest of the book, seriously, you walk away with no guidance.

It seems more like an advertising for their stress reduction Clinic. There is an exercise for a couple of meditations but that's it this book has very little value.

  • The Diamond in Your Pocket

  • Discovering Your True Radiance
  • By: Gangaji
  • Narrated by: Gangaji
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

The Diamond in Your Pocket, the first major book release from Gangaji, describes our never-ending search to find fulfillment, which, paradoxically, is already present if we will only stop long enough to discover its true source.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond words

  • By Darrel on 01-16-09

The Mono-Tone Narration - Cannot Continue

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-10-18

The first chapter had some insightful information, but the mono-tone delivery is so mind-numbing it is hard to absorbed anything. I am going to look at buy the book.

  • The Science of Enlightenment

  • By: Shinzen Young
  • Narrated by: Shinzen Young
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Demystify mysticism and learn techniques to move yourself beyond emotional and intellectual blocks into a realm of clear insight and inner peace. In this complete curriculum for self-investigation Shinzen Young - one of America's foremost meditation teachers - covers traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instruction to show you exactly how enlightenment works, and how to begin your own journey to inner liberation. Topics include concentration, awareness, and merging techniques to explore the self and the world around you, how spiritual practices work in Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many other mystical traditions, as well as 6 complete guided meditation sessions and a host of insights on how to choose and establish your own meditation practice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Emese on 09-30-03

Good Insights - but buried between many hours

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 09-08-18

There are a few good meditations on this audio. The best one is on the mind (you can buy it on Audible for $2.00).

Shinzen has many great things to say, but this book has so many long-winded stories about this master, that master, and how they experience meditation. I did not find it helpful. I skipped seeing a lot of this filler type material.

One great things is about how resistance to troublesome feelings along with thought multiply suffering. If we can have equanimity (balance in the mind) and just watch the feeling + thoughts. When you just watch your suffering (his example) is 10 + 10 = 20 (feelings + thoughts) when are wrapped up in both, this is where suffering happens and is like 10 * 10 = 100.

Getting wrapped up in the feelings + thoughts is where the trouble starts, if we can just watch they will pass. This is inline with Vipassna.

"Respiration and sensations will help in two ways. First, they will be like private secretaries. As soon as a negativity arises in the mind, the breath will lose its normality; it will start shouting, “Look, something has gone wrong!” And we cannot scold the breath; we have to accept the warning. Similarly, the sensations will tell us that something has gone wrong. Then, having been warned, we can start observing the respiration, start observing the sensations, and very quickly we find that the negativity passes away." - S.N. Goenka

  • Find Your Life's Calling

  • Exercises for Following Your North Star
  • By: Martha Beck
  • Narrated by: Martha Beck
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4 out of 5 stars 67
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    4 out of 5 stars 56
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    4 out of 5 stars 53

Martha Beck helps you chart your path in this guided Ideal Day visualization to identify and clarify the waypoints of your life, and to point yourself toward the way of true north of your greater purpose.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tone is too abrasive for an meditation type book.

  • By Walt Longmire on 08-11-18

Tone is too abrasive for an meditation type book.

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Reviewed: 08-11-18

Martha Beck in one of her audible books reads at tone you can listen to, but if you watched her Ted Talks or YouTube her tone is a bit abrasive. Not that she is, but just her voice. This does not work in a meditation book. I could not get beyond moment or two. Preview it before you buy.

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  • The Book

  • On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
  • By: Alan Watts
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 469

Modern Western culture and technology is inextricably tied to the belief in the existence of a self as a separate ego, separated from and in conflict with the rest of the world. In this classic book, Watts provides a lucid and simple presentation of an alternative view based on Hindu and Vedantic philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable Insight

  • By Dylan on 04-09-15

Like Watts not this book

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Reviewed: 07-12-18

Ideaa may have been eye opening in the 60's "everything is connected" but that concept is very common and accepted today. Then some dragged out discussions that went no where. Could not continue wiry this book. Mind numbing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful