Working with Difficult Emotions

Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 32 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a child, did you ever sit under a favorite tree, immersed in the wonder of a single, precious leaf? As our days grow more complex, teaches Pema Chödrön, these vibrant and wholehearted moments may begin to elude even seasoned meditators. But it doesn't have to be that way. Buddhism’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness lead us on a journey back to the unabashed presence and delight of the “Child Mind” that lies within all of us. Here, Pema guides your first steps with an introductory meditation for getting in touch with, accepting, and releasing positive and negative emotions.

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This session is excerpted from Pema Chödrön's 2-CD audio program Natural Awareness.

©2014 Pema Chödrön (P)2014 Pema Chödrön

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Disappointed at first but it's grown on me

I was originally disappointed in this guided meditation but over a couple years it has grown on me. It offers a method for finding perspective and increasing one's tolerance for unpleasant emotions. It's a helpful tool for the toolbox.

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Great Guided Meditation about Dealing w/Emotions

Purchased this to help w/overwhelming anxiety&anger. Well worth the few dollars. Big fan of Pema.

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So helpful to me when I’m out of balance

Thanks many times over for this tool to work with my emotions when I’m in a bad mood and can’t find my way back to equilibrium by myself. So grateful.

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meditation, not a book

this is a guided meditation. It isn't really a book reading at all. It is misleading to have this as an audio book. I have not found this to be what I was looking for when I purchased this audio. I hope others will find it useful.

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Another winner!

I love Pema Chodrin. I learn something valuable and life changing every time I read her.

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not a lecture or teaching session

I bought this because I have found much benefit in Pema's teaching, but this audiobook is a guided meditation where nothing is said for about half of the recording. Not that there isn't anything here, just not what I anticipated.

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Shirt morning meditation

This was a short guided meditation which was taken from another of the authors books. I would have liked to have known which one to good get it. Part meditation is easy while another part was hard because you have to deal with emotional stuff.

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Disappointing

This is not a book but a basic and short guided meditation. I feel misled and disappointed in the packaging. As we seek to deal more effectively with 'difficult emotions' it seems important not to create them.

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Cliff Hanging On This One

Not sure what transpired at the end, too abrupt and ending I thought but perhaps that was the desired affect. The ‘flow ‘ seemed off,. I understand this is training but my mind was helped to wonder I believe by not picking strong key words in the narrating . The story was shaken by a hic up of doubt in the retelling. Other wise I do enjoy Pena Chödrön’s voice.

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Wonderful teacher.

If you read the description it’s stated that this is a meditation practice and an excerpt from a longer talk. It’s a short introduction and I think sometimes those of us who meditate regularly need reminders like these to bring us back to the basics. Also great for beginners.

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  • elaine4queen
  • 05-24-15

Pema Works With You

Would you consider the audio edition of Working with Difficult Emotions to be better than the print version?

This is one of many examples of Buddhist teachers recording their teachings as they teach them, live to students. Pema Chodron has many books under her belt that she wrote down and those are good to read with the eyes and probably just as good read out, I don't know. What I like live teaching for is the sense of being in the room. The sentiments may be the same either way, but if you can't get to a live class or you like the different vibe a live teaching has, then this is a recording you will listen to over and over again.

What did you like best about this story?

This is shorter than a book, then, but if the message is for you then you are likely to listen more than once.

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Pema talks from the heart, live in the moment, but with years of meditation and teaching and learning behind her.

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  • 02-01-16

A good starting point!

I have found meditations for sleep learning / healing / mindfulness very helpful during what has so far been then most intense, learning curve I've ever experienced. usually I just listen at night but I've taken to using this particular one during difficult times of solitude. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is seeking to start or refresh their path in mindfulness practice!

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  • Barbara Smart
  • 10-18-15

I found it difficult

I find it difficult to meditate on feelings from the future as future does not exist in the now and that is where I am