Most of us live in a constant state of fearof 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....
|Title||:||Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||181 pages|
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Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm Reviews
Fear and desire. The opening chapters introduce the idea that from the moment we are born and are removed from the womb we feel fear; and at the next moment we feel a desire to manipulate our environment in order to survive. This view harmonizes effortlessly with Freudianism which builds our psychology atop physical needs and sensations. (It also sidesteps a lot of terminology about guilt, shame and blame which often dominates therapy and self help).
Early in this book, the author introduces a me ...more
I enjoyed this book, but immediately after reading this one, I started his book on Reconciliation and it is the same book. Whole chapters are just copied into this book, so if you read that one, it is the same.
Look into your fear deeply. Stare at it.
Only then it shrinks.
Fearlessness is freedom.
Review in English and Italian. Book read in Italian.
Thich Nhat Hanh never disappoints me. His words are so simple and yet to powerful. Even if he does repeat himself, he is never too redundant.
I particularly appreciated the second half of the book because he writes many quick exercises to integrate into your daily life; if you don't meditate he will definitely persuade you to give it a try, and if - like me - you are already practicing daily, the exercises will be a way to keep the practi ...more
more philosophical than practical, but still worth reading as it contains very worthwhile perspectives on how we let anxiety and fear keep us from being happy. some useful recommended exercises here and there.
I really enjoyed the majority of this (audio)book. He provides a perspective to fear (and in effect, worry) that is helpful and concise. There are overlaps to his other mindfulness works but this one branches out enough to be a book that I'm re-listening to and learning from a second time over. The element that I do not appreciate is the puritanical and judgemenal slant to consumption and other life decisions (e.g. casual sex) that is just jarring to the message of accepting what is.
Even though I’ve never had the privilege of studying with Thich Nhat Hanh directly, I’ve begun to call him “Thay” as do many of his students. While I still have questions, I find that Zen Buddhism offers an approach to living that brings me peace, joy, and happiness, and Thay’s teachings in particular resonate with me. In this title, Thay addresses fear, which begins with the first breath we must take on our own in this world after leaving the palace of our mother’s womb (i.e. “original fear”) a ...more
A book of wisdom as most of his works are. One time of reading is never enough.