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Getting Unstuck [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Pema Chodron
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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc; Unabridged edition (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159179238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591792383
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. Pema Chdrn guides us through this "sticky feeling" and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward others, and ourselves and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and Transformational 8 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised that there was no review for this insightful and practical 'guide' on getting unstuck. The recording is from a talk that Pema Chodron did at Gampo Abbey and it spans 3 CDs (just over 3 hours). The journey she takes you on is very familiar to those who are stuck. She talks about the background 'scabies' in all our lives - those itches that we need to scratch and how we repeat patterns through continuously 'scratching'. And then the many ways in which we seek to distract ourselves from our scratching (symptoms of our problems) and that we focus on this rather than being present and sitting with our discomfort and uneasiness. I was particularly struck by this, both in terms of what I do as well as what I see friends and family doing - we tie ourselves in knots as we very 'directively' try to work our way through something...from analysing to evaluating to problem-solving to seeking the opinions of others. We cast around trying to fix it and make it go away. And yet nothing seems to shift it. What Pema Chodron very calmly and profoundly says is that we need to 'learn to stay'; to not deal with the content of what is happening but be with the root of it - the experience of the uneasiness. This is easier said than done! However, her warmth, humour and wisdom open up the possibility to begin this journey. I cannot recommend this CD highly enough, both in terms of the content and the very engaging style of Pema Chodron. If you find yourself feeling stuck, going through a time of change, or having difficult decisions to make then this will be a significant support. She is a wonderfully 'human' teacher and listening to these CDs has had a profound effect on both myself as well as friends & clients to whom I've recommended it. Whether you are Buddhist or not, this is a great work. And if you find this helpful, I would suggest you also get a couple of her books - Comfortable with Uncertainty and the Pocket Pema Chodron.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shenpa, shenpa, shenpa! 23 Feb 2010
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Finally a word to explain that very painful process that happens in between stimulus and response. The process of getting carried away within ourselves and basically why we can't see the truth in things is explained so beautifully here. This is probably my favourite Pema audio book, and she is so much better to listen to than to read as her real humour and gentleness and eloquence comes out so much clearer.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pema is fantastic as ever 11 Jan 2012
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Fantastic cd.

I'm in Australia and it did take several weeks to get here, but aside from that I couldn't be happier with it.

I'd recommend this cd to anyone!

I've got 'When things fall apart' too - but I think I like 'Getting unstuck' slightly better.

Wonderful teachings from a very enlightened lady.
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1.0 out of 5 stars the vanishing 10 Mar 2012
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what was it. it was here and now it is gone. what have amazon done with it - I have no idea what it was now
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289 of 292 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sage advice for meditators and other folks, too. 12 Aug 2005
By Jeffrey Gimble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Pema Chodron offers some sound, beautiful ideas on how to cope with not only addictive behavior, but basically anything in life that you just plain don't like. Her lovely, grounded voice is a pleasure to listen to, she's damned funny, and I've found myself listening to the ideas on this CD over and over as I make my way through the often hostile streets of Manhattan. It's like a primer in how to stay clear and calm and grounded in life, no matter how lousy (or terrific) your circumstances may be.
114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked reality never looked so good! 15 Jan 2006
By Jill Guntur - Published on Amazon.com
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I normally find authors audio series very disappointing. Not this one. I am a huge fan of Pema Chodron's work. She is a great example of someone willing to do the work to shift and change and create a better world around her. In typical fashion, she isn't offering you a blind eye to the painful or negative things in your life. She teaches you how to step into it and allow your own energy to shift and change the negativity. Truly an inspiring piece of work. When you do this work, reality doesn't intrude... it offers you the way out.
208 of 221 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, useful, inspiring, freeing 20 Jun 2005
By Trinity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I became interested in Pema Chodron's teachings a few months ago, and continue to be amazed by her simple way of describing things that philosophers, psychiatrists, and academics would take volumes to hint at.

The teachings themselves I appreciate; after zillions of years of every kind of self-help known to womankind, these ideas and instructions are an enormous relief. This isn't a review of Buddhism, or this lineage within Buddhism. This isn't a review of this particular set of CDs. I wouldn't know how to do any of these things. I do know that after hearing countless talks and seminars and audiobooks of all kinds, I appreciate accuracy, clarity, generosity, and suggestions I can use immediately. I listen to these CDs over and over, and love them more every time.
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will listen to again and again. 29 July 2005
By A. Omer - Published on Amazon.com
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Getting Unstuck consists of three audio CD's recorded at Gampo Abbey. Pema Chodron is funny and full of anecdotes during each session (about 1/2 hour each).
Session One: Learning to Stay
Stop scratching, exploring the itch
Session Two: The Heart of Distraction
Introduces Shenpa, how we get hooked
Session Three: Meditation, the Path to Enlightenment
Degrees of Shenpa
Session Four: Enjoying the Process
Lightening up, making daily aspirations, and keeping a bigger perspective
Session Five: Tools for Liberation
Stop kicking the wheel (stop keeping thought momentum going)
Session Six: Taking Your Practice into the World
Coming back to the present

I would have given Getting Unstuck five stars except I didn't think the practices were as specific and different as I expected. Coming back to "thinking" and sitting with the breath are not new for me. I do enjoy making the daily aspirations so I am more aware of my thoughts throughout the day and in turn I am choosing my words more wisely too.

Enjoy these CD's as there is something for everyone regardless of where they are in their meditation practice.
56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing advice for addictive behavior 18 Jan 2006
By Shawn Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found this to be one of the most helpful and profound series of talks I have ever heard. Pema Chodron teaches a whole new (at least to me) approach to dealing with addictive behavior in ourselves and provides really useful and worthwhile ways of overcoming addictions. I kept going "wow" throughout the talks, and have gone back and listened to them again and again, and still find it helpful. Amazing teacher. Amazing teachings.
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