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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 13, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009VSFFPW
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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm Audiobook – Unabridged
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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. About four and half weeks after starting the book and encountering 'Thay's' approach to 'the art of suffering' I am working again at full capacity, sleeping through the night for over two weeks now, restoring harmony to my relationships and starting to enjoy life again, which is no small feat considering where I started only a month ago. I am also experiencing a clarity of mind that I have almost never experienced. As my back was up against a wall, I started practicing his exercises right away and multiple times every day in a gentle and cautious fashion. I believe that this and good food for thought were what got me back on track - without drugs or any other treatment of any kind.
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. I stumbled upon the books by Thich Nhat Hahn quite literally in my darkest hour. I hope that my story can give others in crisis and despair the hope to carry on. Barely a month after starting this book, I am largely restored, but still have a ways to go so I will be continuing to practice and to gain insight through introspection, mindfulness and reading more Thich Nhat Hahn not to mention others like him. As I regain my strength, I am compelled to share this experience to help others suffering like I did.
Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to be mindful. To accept our past. To realize, we are all pieces of the same puzzle. He reminds us , we will die. Everyone we love, will die. Absolutely nothing is permanent. We can't take anything with us, yet every day we try and accumulate more. More money, more fame. We do this because we believe the more we have, the better we will feel. The better we feel, the less we will die. This is obviously not true. Once you accept impermanence, and accept the fact that one day, we will get old and die, then you will really find peace, It's not from accumulation. Peace comes from acceptance of the inevitable. This all may sound morbid, but this is the essential beliefs of Buddhism. There is no birth and no death.
Anyway, I am probably getting a bit deep for this review. I think any read by Thich is a great read. He has a calming style in his writing and his books put things in perspective. I prefer his "Miracle of Mindfulness," but i think this is a quick easy read that is a nice addition to anyone's spiritual journey. The reason I took a star off is because I think it gets a little weird at points. There are some good meditations in here, but there are points where he says, sit down, and talk to your inner child by pretending they are sitting across from you. Maybe some may enjoy this, but I just felt strange attempting to do it. Anyway, I hope you all find peace in your never ending journey!