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Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

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Publisher's Summary

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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      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.

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      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.

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      Highly recommended for those on a spiritual path. Pema is a great teacher and easy to listen to.

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      If you are a follower of Pema's this is a must to add to your library. I will be listening to this over and over again!

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      Deep impact yet brief enough for those with short attention spans like me! Thank you, Pema!!

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      I am now "hooked" on learning more from Pena Chodron! I found this book to be very helpful and will most likely listen to it again and again since the teachings are timeless. 🙏

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      This book simplifies the process for giving up our weaknesses and allowing peace and harmony to begin to take root transforming us slowly but irrevocably out of our ego and into our essence through a meditative state of breathing and staying present.

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      What a gift. One of the most helpful programs I've ever listened to. Amazing teacher and teachings.

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      Would you listen to Getting Unstuck again? Why?

      I'd love to re-listen to this. She is easy to listen to and has a great sense of humor. First time I'd heard her work and now I want to hear more of her wisdom!


      What other book might you compare Getting Unstuck to and why?

      Can't think of any real comparisons, but I do also love Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown.


      What did you learn from Getting Unstuck that you would use in your daily life?

      Good reminder to inspect and be curious about emotional and/or physical reactions so situations instead of just getting carried away by them.


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      Highly recommend to anyone!

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