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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by [Hanh, Thich Nhat]
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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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Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.
—from Fear

Most of us live in a constant state of fear—of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we are able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.

Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day.


Product Details

  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HBY9RK
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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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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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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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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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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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