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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062004735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062004734
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us that by looking deeply and embracing our whole experience with acceptance, love and understanding, we can go beyond fear and anxiety to find fearlessness and inner peace.” (Sogyal Rinpoche)

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Fear has countless faces: from the fear of failure to worries about everyday life, from financial or environmental uncertainties to the universal despair we all experience when faced by the loss of a friend or loved one. Even when surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, life can feel incomplete when fear keeps us focused on the past and worried about the future. While we all experience fear, it is possible to learn how to avoid having our lives shaped and driven by it. In these pages, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us a timeless path for living fearlessly.

Customer Reviews

This book really put appreciating "now" into a very real perspective.
LolaV
I have read many books on how to deal with fear, phobias and panic attacks, still my depression and anxiety continued to advance and cripple my life even further.
Amazon Customer
The book is written in clear and simple prose, but it is so dense with beautiful wisdom that reading it again is a must.
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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2013
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I stumbled upon this book after years of dealing with growing fear, anxiety and anger-related issues that were greatly impacting my private and professional life, robbing me of a good night's sleep and just plain making life miserable. When I bought this book, I was battling moderate depression that was transitioning to severe depression, I knew I had to act fast before it completely incapacitated me. I noticed in the comments that someone had recovered from a moderate depression and I had also heard talks by Thich Nhat Hahn online which attracted my interest with their 'unconventional' approach. I was ready to put any good advice into practice and not just for the short term.

Not only was the mere reading of this book comforting and relieving for me, but the exercises it introduces helped me transform fear in an unconventional way. Though in the presence of intense emotions, perhaps even in a panic attack, my first reflex was to run, to find a way to escape, the exercises suggest meeting it head on - but not with aggression or in a challenging manner as proposed by some of the inevitably flawed techniques I have tried - but with compassion, curiosity and concern. Thich Nhat Hahn suggests that we observe our emotions, acknowledge them - even handle them with the concern we would for a crying baby through deep listening - and begin to work our way back into the present moment, back to ourselves.

By sticking to the exercises in this book and filling my mind with good food for thought (reading more books on this subject, watching dharma by Thich Nhat Hahn on youtube), I moved from being consumed by despair, fear, frustration and the psychosomatic illness that accompanies it to being on the road to recovery.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Serge Hulne on December 20, 2012
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Like all the books of Thich Nhat Hahn, this book introduces Zen philosophy and the Zen concept of mindfulness using a lot of metaphors easily understandable by the layman.

This book has a particular emphasis on the fight against modern plagues such as stress, anxiety, depression and fear.

Although written by a world famous Zen master, this book is not about religion in general or buddhism in particular.

It is about using the spiritual and moral practices of Zen philosophy to help one find balance, calm, happiness, joy by practicing mindfulness, compassion, respect, virtue and wisdom, in regular modern life.

Although deeply spiritual, his book does not contain any bigotry or proselytism.

It is a wonderful book who brought me a deep sense of serenity, inner piece, and joy.

It is a wonderful, happy, warm, optimistic book.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By lazybnes on March 16, 2013
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I found this book very beautiful, very moving, and very helpful for dealing with my fearfulness. Actually, I felt so grateful to Thich Nhat Hunh while reading it, that I was in tears of gratitdude to him for writing this incredible book for all suffering human beings. My heart was filled with love for all in little crying screaming babies still suffering within me and was able to embrace them with love, instead of wanting to throw them out the window for not being able to grow up. I am 84 years old and up to now all this was frozen within me and I was afraid to go there; I will go further and say I was unable to go there -- nothing could make me go there. I can now begin to truly love all my inner babies and children and embrace them, as well as those of rest of us human beings. I then got inspired to read his book Reconciling with the Inner Child, which was even more inspiring and helpful. These books are truly gifts to the world from a great being.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Freeman , Jr. on June 9, 2013
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Am 88 years into the experience of life and have learned a few things, but still room to learn.
This puts the concept of life and death in perspective and is a guide to joy and happiness.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By luis sanchez on December 26, 2012
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I firstly became exposed to Thich Naht Hanh's writing over 10 years ago. Since then, I have enjoyed reading several of his books. Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Though the Storm is yet another valuable addition to scores of books on Buddhism and Mindfulness. The authors friendly and engaging style of writing, allows the reader to become fully immerse in concepts that are familiar yet not always fully explored in their consciousness. The real life examples and analogies and the frequent repetitiveness that is characteristic of Thich Naht Hanh's writing, make this book easy to understand and difficult to put down.
"Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dolly 55 on March 19, 2013
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Thich Nhat Hahn has a style of writing that is both simple and profound. In today's media saturated world, where fear mongering is the norm, this book is a welcome respite. Hahn gives understandings and tools for raising one's awareness so as not to be victimized by our past or incapacitated by our future fears. My husband and I read it aloud together, a chapter at a time, and then discussed whatever surfaced for us. This book, has been invaluable in bringing our fears into our consciousness so as not to be controlled by them anymore. Since completing this book, I have found my spirit lighter, and actually am able to intentionally live in the moment far more frequently. You do not have to be a Buddhist practitioner to benefit from Hahn's teachings.
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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