• The Practicing Mind

  • Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life
  • By: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by: Thomas M. Sterner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8,703 ratings)

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Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living.

The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment. Its internal dialogue is always firing off thoughts filled with emotional content and pulling the individual out of the present and into the past or future. But individuals raised in Western culture are becoming increasingly aware of their overall sense of mental exhaustion, their lack of discipline and their inability to focus on demand. They are willing to expend the energy necessary to experience inner peace and a quiet mind that is waiting to follow the direction of their will. They are realizing that the endless struggle to fulfill the insatiable appetite of instant gratification is fruitless and tiresome at best. They are ripe for a new path in life and eager for a new set of instructions.

This is the purpose of The Practicing Mind. It comprehensively deals with helping the individual understand exactly what present-moment awareness is, how we are raised in a manner contradictory to this, and how we change our mindset to make this a part of our daily living. This book is accessible to listeners of all philosophical backgrounds. Regardless of your perspective, you will find the book's insights most compelling.

©2012 New World Library (P)2014 Thomas M Sterner

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Simple & Profound

I tend to be bitterly disappointed by self-help books but decided to try this one when events and challenges in my life began to get the best of me. Inspired by one of the reviews about the power of Sterner's ideas, I purchased the audiobook. Today I'm so happy I did so. The book is definitely a keeper, and I plan to listen to it over and over again until cultivation of "the practicing mind" replaces the habit of self-judgment and fear of failure. With the author's clear explaination of how ego-driven thought patterns sabotage our efforts and his message about "the simplicity of doing one thing at a time...slowly, with purpose," he shows how focusing on either "success" or "failure" causes suffering.

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Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

The positive:
- I tend to get overwhelmed with large or stressful tasks and either procrastinate on starting or fail to complete them. The concept of taking your time and going slowly about your activities one little section at a time to get more done was a great take-away for me.

- Many books on mindfulness are philosophical treatises, where this one gave some very practical exercises to practice during everyday activities, allowing the reader to immediately test the ideas and put them to use.

- I also appreciated the comparisons of cultures being process oriented versus wanting fast results and how this affects the quality of the finished product. That section was worth reflection and perhaps a second listen.

The slight negative: While I appreciate narrators who speak clearly and annunciate their words, the author over annunciated to the point of distraction. I had to listen at 1.25 speed to make it more tolerable to listen to. This remedied the problem for me.

Overall, very worth the listen. I recommend this book for the wisdom and insights that the practical exercises will bring you.

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Big impact, excellent advice,multiple applications

Would you consider the audio edition of The Practicing Mind to be better than the print version?

yes, more authentic for author to read it, effective to be able to repeat specific sections,
Just wish there was a way to include his references (in the back of the book)

What did you like best about this story?

Analytical approach broken down Into logical steps for consistent improvement. Most encouraging for learning a new skill or subject. Excellent!

Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Sterner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

unfortunately I haven't, I would like to because I like his approach and his integrity

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes and no...It was a most interesting approach and I wanted to hear it all now. I also found myself going back to key areas several times for his suggested applications to become part of my process.

Any additional comments?

Not the typical surface suggestions, instead in depth thought and many process applications. just outstanding!

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Great Purchase!!!

Thanks Thomas for sharing these wonderful findings with us through your audiobook.
I have learned:
1. How to actually live in the present moment everyday.
2. How to effectively and joyfully practice any skill or anything by using your suggestions.

With this change of mindset, I`m joyfully back to my once annoying and tiring Piano Lessons!

Thanks once again from Joseph Amen, Valencia, Spain.

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A fabulous book, narrated by a true Master

Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

This is a great book with step-by-step instructions on how to develop the habit of practicing rituals for creating desired habits. The author's instructions are interwoven with fascinating stories and personal anecdotes from his life, and explained in a simple, clear, easy to w way

What did you like best about this story?

I love the simplicity of the principles Thomas Sterner describes in this book. It's got none of the fluffy New Age mumbo-jumbo that describe vague concepts but don't really tell you what to do and how to do it.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Practicing Mind?

Focus on the process and not the end product - you'll get there faster, easier, and with a lot less effort!

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Very insightful!!!

Very good audio book, would recomend this one if you are a very busy person or just want to be able to think more clearly. I found some of the information and paradox's very enlightening - they teach you how to focus on the moment you are in. It has complemented my self development audio library very well.

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Really helpful. Well paced and easy to follow.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For those interested in Mindfulness and Self awareness this is a must. I've been listening to this audiobook constantly since I downloaded it. It's that good.
It's a short book. Each chapter is very clear, with a good balance between the idea proposed and examples.
I liked the narration a lot too.

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Excellent book

What made the experience of listening to The Practicing Mind the most enjoyable?

I've listened to many books on the subject of mindfulness, and this one is the best. Clear and perfectly to the point. Author is fascinating.

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Don't over-think it

Great concepts to help to get out of your head, especially for those of us who over-think everything. Easy to understand...easy to listen to...easy to apply. Enjoyable.

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Will be listening to this more than once!

Where does The Practicing Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best "self-help" book I've read yet, although I haven't read too many of them.

Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Sterner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I would like to hear more from him. Great reading voice, very soothing and genuine.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Practicing Mind?

1. Focus on the present and on the process and use your goal only as a rudder. Most stress and anxiety are creations of your own mind, and come about when you're not focusing on the present. If you're always thinking about the future or the past and never the present, you will never be happy with where you are.

2. D.O.C. - Do. Observe. Correct. Just do your best. Failing is a part of life, so you shouldn't be anxious about it. When you fail, don't get emotional about it. Instead, observe what went wrong and correct it next time. This is how practice works.

3. "At what point in the stage of the life of a flower has it reached perfection?" This part of the book made me tear up on the first and subsequent listens. The answer is that the flower is always perfect at being what it is in that stage of its life. It's no use getting frustrated about not being where you want to be. You will get there, but it will take time, and you should enjoy where you are right now because there is beauty in every stage of life. This is an extremely freeing concept.

I've started trying to apply these concepts both in my work and while driving. I still have a long way to go, but when I remind myself of these ideas I experience much less fear, frustration, and restlessness, and are more compassionate towards others who I can see are struggling with the same issues.

Any additional comments?

I wish it was longer! I'm on my second listen and will probably revisit this book in the future to help reinforce these ideas in my mind.

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