Have you ever had an itch, and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to "scratch", great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa.
On this new, full-length recording, Pema Chodron, best-selling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chodron to discover more about:
Critical mind: how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri, loving-kindness, toward yourself How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more
An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chodron. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving into them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chodron guides us through this "sticky feeling", exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.
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This book saved me from a dark place and helped me quit smoking for 7 years
Unfortunately I relapsed during COVID but am using Pema to help quit again. I especially love her humor, warmth, and laymen’s language which makes this book accessible to anyone. I’ve listened to it probably 8 times since I purchased it 7 years ago. I wish she was my best friend and she will feel like yours while listening to her talks!
Everyday gentle language
Pema Chodron as usual is incredible. This book is great because she avoids fancy language or Buddhist theory. It's just very real about realizing when we're in that place of stuck and learning how to stay.
BUYER BEWARE!!! Incomplete!!
I downloaded this and it was not the complete audiobook... this is supposed to have three parts and be about one and a half hours in length but the version that I downloaded was only two parts and one hour and seven minutes in length. I had to listen to this for a yoga teacher training class so this was money flushed down the drain and I was unprepared for class. The content I did listen to was was awesome, I love Pema Chodron. I’m just not happy I was cheated out of the third part. And I’m not super jazzed about spending another 9.99 or more to download the audiobook elsewhere just so I can listen to the third part. If I knew how to remedy this I would but unfortunately I don’t know how to write to iTunes. So just buyer beware... this is an incomplete audiobook.