The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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"Is it the world that's busy, or is it my mind?"

The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this best-selling mindfulness guide - it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a number-one best-seller for 41 weeks and received multiple best book of the year awards - Haemin Sunim (which means "spontaneous wisdom"), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.

By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas - including relationships, love, and spirituality - Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves.

©2017 Haemin Sunim (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Peace After Thinking And Feeling Too Much?

What a breath of fresh air! I'm a person who thinks too much, feels too much and sometimes, to my great detriment, says too much. "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" came to my rescue when I was mired in a pit of grief and sorrow, worried about what I'd done, what I'd failed to do--basically, I was living a life where I found I couldn't change the past, and the future was looking mighty bleak. This book goes beyond the usual mindfulness: live in the present, forget about the past and future generalities and offers snippets of hope and peace.
And I do mean snippets. At slightly less than only three hours, each chapter starts with an essay based on experience and is followed by snippets of truly inspiring, thought-provoking, utterly life-changing observations and glimpses to a more profound and fulfilling life. Haemin Sunim suggests not listening to it at one go, but to listen bit by bit, chewing on and digesting each tidbit. Naturally, in my state, I devoured it completely. But yes: I will be going back to it time and time again.
Here you'll find beauty about relationships, love (what happens when you find it, how to go on when it spits you out), work, life, and the unutterably ordinary moments that make up our lives.
Highly recommended as it's definitely worth the listening time, especially since you'll wind up wanting to go back again and again.
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Oversimplifies concepts, but still a good listen

I really enjoyed this and gained much from listening. No doubt it will be a title that I will listen to again and again. I will probably learn new aspects on the next listen because I will be in a different place in my life.

My only criticism is that some of the hypotheticals (or life situations) and the related philosophy or advice are at times quite oversimplified. There were moments I couldnt help but to chuckle, roll my eyes and say "yeah, right...if only it were that simple". Some of these situations in life are often much more complex and nuanced than the author would like to acknowledge. Other pieces of advice seemed (in my opinion) like they could actually cause more suffering in certain situations if followed.

Even with these minor weaknesses, it is still very much worth a listen!

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inspirational

this book was not really what I thought it was going to be, I must admit the book was better. I thought it was going to be a story about the writer and the writer basically telling you how to live. it is far from that, yes there are personal experience stories in there but this book is more of a guidance book to help you open up your mind more. There are different quotes that go along with each chapter and message in that chapter. each chapter gives you a different way to look at life's obstacles and situations that may arise.. it is a good read for anyone who is looking to enhance their self growth. I will most likely listen to this book again because there is so much information to take in one can not gather it all from one listen.

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This book was amazing.

This book is extremely profound I was 17 when I read this, it has opened many knew doors for me. I've learned alot from this book that I applied to my life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to learn.

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Very worthwhile 3 hour listen

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World is written by a Korean Buddhist monk, PhD, and college professor who spent years in the US attending universities. The book contains a lot of excellent practical advice. I highly recommend it.

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Just Okay

This is just okay. Little nuggets of wisdom. Nothing you haven't already heard before. Some are very cliche - for instance: just do it. I'm not saying the advice isn't good. Most of it is, but there's nothing profound.

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very nice, but likely better in print

I truly enjoyed this book. However, there are some books I believe are just meant to be in print, and this is one of those books. Some of the thoughts, ideas, and lines need to be re-read, considered, or encourage a moment to pause and reflect. books such as these are better held so you can review and reread at your place. That said, it is a good listen and I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Poor format for an audiobook—pick up a print copy instead

The book is a collection of short thought provoking “bits”— paragraphs or sentences. It’s really not a great format for an audiobook because it is too choppy and it doesn’t allow you to reflect on the wisdom of the words.

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This book made me feel ridiculous

So much repetitive obvious advice was given by the writer. I am so surprised how elementary this book is, this was a big waste of my time boring book.

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A must to re-read

I truly enjoyed this book as it did make me slow down and contemplate many things I thought I knew. To re-think and pause on the things we may have heard before but pass it by as merely kind words, but these are really words to live by. I know for me I will be listening to this book again as it calmed me and released energy into mindfulness.

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