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Fully Alive: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Pema Chodron

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7 Jan 2013
We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us. Why, in the face of that, shouldn’t we cling for safety to the certainty of the shore—to our comfortably familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging leads only to even greater suffering.

In this recorded retreat, based on the program Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change held at Omega Institute, Pema Chödrön and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations.  It’s the secret of being fully alive. The teachings and practices they present includes:

   • A teaching based on a Native American prophecy for cultivating the ability to take nothing personally
   • A guided meditation for developing patience in the midst of irritation
   • Tips for accessing your innate strength and confidence—simply by altering your posture

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5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this retreat if you are open to change and looking to be at peace with yourself. 17 Feb 2013
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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I listened to this retreat following another of Pema Chodron's retreats titled, "Getting Unstuck" which I found to be equally helpful. "Fully Alive" was the frosting on the cake.
I have battled depression all my life and I can honestly say that I have come out on the other side from listening to this with a whole new zest for life. The principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy shine through in Pema Chodron's teachings in a way that guided me to experience a sort of spiritual renewal. These teachings keep me in check daily in dealing with the symptoms of my most recent diagnosis of Bipolar. I consider this retreat a gift from a higher power, really. And I think anyone would benefit from this.
In a world where people are quick to blame, get irritated, where some might take things personally, and some might lack the self confidence and innate strength to be more productive, I think this would make a fantastic retreat for those working for corporate America (been there, done that). I'm guessing that if you do this retreat following "Getting Unstuck",you will find productivity increasing. Mine has. --Peace.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet Profound a Week-end Teaching at Pema's Abby 15 July 2013
By shutterbug33 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was brought up in Christian churches and attended all of the variations, not quite finding a match for the God within me. I came across Pema's work and her personality. What a wonderful Master (teacher) she is. She has lived the "normal" life expected of a woman of her generation, but a tragic violation of her marriage threw her into a chosen withdrawal from Life (as she knew it) and into silence, meditation, and studying with the best masters of the Buddhist faith. The principles of love, compassion, forgiveness, and embracing..(not running from the pain) has been invaluable to me.

I inherited the BRAC1 gene mutation from my mother. I have lived through Ovarain cancer, Breast cancer, and ultimately a Double Mastectomy. These events, plus childhood damage, a marriage that ended, and addiction issues, were not greater than the love of God I have found in my faith and the additional lessons I have learned through Pema Chodron's many books and DVD's. I am forever grateful.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful retreat 10 Dec 2012
By Chen - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy Pema's teachings very much and have found that this CD offers a great deal of good and helpful instruction for living mindfully and with purpose. I recommend this CD to anyone who is familiar with Pema's teachings and for those who are looking for real-life guidance in their meditation practice and day-to-day living.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fully Alive: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change 31 July 2013
By Carol Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the third Pema Chodron audio that I have listened to and it's just as fantastic as the others. She has such a wonderful perspective on these wonderful Buddhist teachings, with a great sense of humor and genuine loving-kindness.
I recommend her to anyone. Even if you don't have a meditation practice. It's such good stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - time well spent. 7 July 2013
By Suzanna Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I will listen to this one over and over as I do most of Pema's teachings. Each teaching has its own character and touches another part of the heart/mind to gently help us wake up. Pema is truly a secular teacher without axes to grind about other paths. All her speaking shares her personal struggles and wins and methods we can try to find our own way. She has been the single most important teacher in my life for the past 6 years and I am very happy to have her recordings. This is the full recording of a retreat and includes the guided sittings which, while short, are templates for your own way of approaching those things that distract you in your own sitting.
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