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Have you ever had an itch, and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to "scratch", great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.

On this new, full-length recording, Pema Chodron, best-selling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chodron to discover more about:

  • Critical mind: how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness
  • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri, loving-kindness, toward yourself
  • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits
  • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more

    An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chodron. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving into them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chodron guides us through this "sticky feeling", exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

  • ©2005 Pema Chodron; (P)2005 Sounds True

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    "Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives." (Publishers Weekly)

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    • William
    • Long Beach, CA, USA
    • 12-06-08

    Loved it!

    You wold think Buddhism would be boring but Pema was so funny and engaging that I would like to this over and over and over again.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    • Connie
    • new york, NY, United States
    • 08-30-06

    Catch the Shempa

    Brilliant. Wish I could thank her in person for this amazingly clear insight. I can't believe I may actually "get it" after all these years. I will be listening to this over and over again. Extremely clear.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    Meditation talks

    These talks were excellent. I've read a lot of books about meditation and this one delved deep into concepts I hadn't heard much about. Most notably: shenpa. Highly recommend!

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    Loved it.

    I don't write many audiobook reviews and I definitely haven't found any that I was disappointed when it was over, but this is one. Loved her message, her delivery and her humor. Will definitely look for more from her!

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    She is awesome

    This book makes sense for anyone who can’t let things go. There is a better way. I hope you find it.

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    Beautiful

    I had no prior experience of Pema Chodron before listening to this Audible program, but having now done so it won't be my last experience of this wonderful teacher. Beautiful guidance to unfolding the twists and turns we mangle ourselves into.

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    Pure Gold

    Would you consider the audio edition of Getting Unstuck to be better than the print version?

    So sweet and concise. Something to keep going back to throughout one's life.

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    Such a kind, sweet voice.

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    Helpful in some ways, but not my favorite

    Purchased this after listening to "Making Friends with Yourself"...there were some differences but I feel like I could do without this one.

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    love her recorded retreats!

    love her recorded retreats! Humanity, humor, humility. can't beat
    Pema's compassionate guidance through her retreats.

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    Unbelievably useful

    I've done a lot of spiritual work and work around addiction over 20 years. I find this to be one of the most out right useful books I have come across. I'm not quite sure that it's a book because it is a live recording. I've read books by Pima Chodron in the past, but had no idea how funny and light she is as a speaker, and this is so important because much of her message is in the inflection. Hearing interaction with the live audience is helpful as well. She has a beautiful agile and tough mind and spirit. I will be reviewing her concept of Shempa (hooked, addiction) in this recording and I'll be watching her YouTube videos for a long time.