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Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.

Most of us live in a constant state of fear - of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we are able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.

Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day.

©2012 Thich Nhat Hanh (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book

Learned simple breathing and mantra exercises to be more mindful and let things go more easily. Be Present
Be Still.... Wait

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Here Comes The Dark Side!

Thinking you need a pill, drink, smoke or other distraction to get you through? Listen to Thay as you freak out, because freaking out from fear is what we do. We are all one when it comes to fear. Let us sit together and rest under the Tree of mindfulness with Thay to encounter our fear as precious human beings.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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A great great book

First let me clarify that this is a Buddhist book filled with the teachings of the Buddha ... i am not a Buddhist yet i found it extremely helpful ... it's kind of a next step after one digs deep into one's self (introspection work) ... it helps with getting over the pain and suffering (after being acknowledged and experienced that is )
I found it much more "REAL" than the self -help books that usually left me lost and frustrated ... i highly recommended
note: the narration was excellent

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • eugene
  • Lincolc, CA, United States
  • 02-11-13

Clinging to the monk

Would you listen to Fear again? Why?

yes, the content is vast

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator is good however, much can be learned through listening to the sound of Thich Nhat Hanhs voice.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Could not have come at a more perfect time

I am in an area unfamiliar to me and going through a brand-new break up of a long-term relationship that requires moving to this new area with my son. I've been worried about being worried, and my friend sent me a picture of this book that she thought would help me. It will. I plan to listen to the last hour regularly so that I can learn how to do self-care. I've always wondered what the steps are, and this book will help me with those.

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Great read!

This is the third or fourth book I've read by TNT, and while not my favorite, I valued this book's insight and simple approach to shifting one's perspective.

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Incredibly insightful and transformative

Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how important mindfulness practice is for cultivating joy and happiness. When we don't practice mindfulness, we suffer - we are afraid and we disconnect from others. When we understand what is causing our emotions, such as our anger and fear, we can better understand ourselves and others. He also highlights how important it is to model mindfulness practice for our children and others that interact with us in our day-to-day lives. He is the best teacher of all because he teaches us to find the teacher within.

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  • Raelene
  • Blackheath, Australia
  • 09-09-13

Why a narrator?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, principally because of the narrator whose smooth delivery left me unmoved.

What could Thich Nhat Hanh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'd much rather listen to the author himself - even though his delivery can be difficult at times, it carries so much more than having someone else reading from a text.

Could you see Fear being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Very good

I really gleaned a lot from the teachings in this book. I will be listening again.

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Excellence in Wisdom

The most compassionate and supportive understanding and teaching is delivered in this book. All humanity should read listen and discover this bountiful gift.

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  • MarkPT
  • 09-17-15

Dissapointed

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Dissapointed - had enjoyed his other books and was hoping it would go into the emotions and thought process behind fear which it touches on, but relates back to much into being Mindful, which I appreciate is a great tool, just not what I was hoping for

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 04-13-13

Excellent!

Beautifully narrated and very thought provoking. I have already listened twice and found the meditation exercises very helpful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Coilla A. Drake
  • 12-23-12

Fear : Thich Nhat Hanh

This book will help you understand and face your fears, and so eventually reach a place of fearlessness and freedom. From this place of liberty you are then free to enjoy your life. This great teacher's writing has changed my life, if you let his words seep into your consciousness as you read, the same will happen for you. Very simply written and easy to understand. Let this man's words into your life, you will not regret it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-16

good book

loved it, gets you closer to your inner pain making it likelier that you'll see yourself with compassion

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  • RB
  • 11-01-15

Says it all

Liked the content form or substance whatever else one may call it
Venerable TNH just is ,was and will be
May everything and everyone be happy irrespective of day or night

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  • TheBeecologist
  • 05-29-17

Fantastic meditation

Fantastic short hand explanation of our interaction with fear in modern day. Many aha moments.