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Publisher's Summary

Present moment awareness is an essential ingredient in life if one expects to experience any degree of authentic peace and contentment. It has been acknowledged for centuries as the cornerstone of spiritual awakening in all traditions of Eastern thought. In the West, however, it is still a relatively unrecognized concept for living.
The Western mind is always restless, never content with the moment. Its internal dialogue is always firing off thoughts filled with emotional content and pulling the individual out of the present and into the past or future. But individuals raised in Western culture are becoming increasingly aware of their overall sense of mental exhaustion, their lack of discipline and their inability to focus on demand. They are willing to expend the energy necessary to experience inner peace and a quiet mind that is waiting to follow the direction of their will. They are realizing that the endless struggle to fulfill the insatiable appetite of instant gratification is fruitless and tiresome at best. They are ripe for a new path in life and eager for a new set of instructions.
This is the purpose of The Practicing Mind. It comprehensively deals with helping the individual understand exactly what present-moment awareness is, how we are raised in a manner contradictory to this, and how we change our mindset to make this a part of our daily living. This book is accessible to listeners of all philosophical backgrounds. Regardless of your perspective, you will find the book's insights most compelling.
©2012 New World Library (P)2014 Thomas M Sterner
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By Elizabeth on 06-29-13

Simple & Profound

I tend to be bitterly disappointed by self-help books but decided to try this one when events and challenges in my life began to get the best of me. Inspired by one of the reviews about the power of Sterner's ideas, I purchased the audiobook. Today I'm so happy I did so. The book is definitely a keeper, and I plan to listen to it over and over again until cultivation of "the practicing mind" replaces the habit of self-judgment and fear of failure. With the author's clear explaination of how ego-driven thought patterns sabotage our efforts and his message about "the simplicity of doing one thing at a time...slowly, with purpose," he shows how focusing on either "success" or "failure" causes suffering.

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By azmom on 04-04-15

Some great takeaways despite the robotic narration

The positive:
- I tend to get overwhelmed with large or stressful tasks and either procrastinate on starting or fail to complete them. The concept of taking your time and going slowly about your activities one little section at a time to get more done was a great take-away for me.

- Many books on mindfulness are philosophical treatises, where this one gave some very practical exercises to practice during everyday activities, allowing the reader to immediately test the ideas and put them to use.

- I also appreciated the comparisons of cultures being process oriented versus wanting fast results and how this affects the quality of the finished product. That section was worth reflection and perhaps a second listen.

The slight negative: While I appreciate narrators who speak clearly and annunciate their words, the author over annunciated to the point of distraction. I had to listen at 1.25 speed to make it more tolerable to listen to. This remedied the problem for me.

Overall, very worth the listen. I recommend this book for the wisdom and insights that the practical exercises will bring you.

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By Mrs. Z. St Pierre on 11-08-15

Will this book really make a difference?

Short answer - yes.

Long answer - whenever I read reviews on self help books my overriding question is always " did it actually change your life in some significant way?"
I listened to this book to and from work for several weeks so that I could absorb the messages contained within each chapter and I have to confess there has been a fundamental shift in my outlook on life.
I am a chronic perfectionist and this book has enabled me to stop obsessing about the goal to enjoying the process in aiming for the goal and detaching from the outcome. Not easy to begin with but life is so much more enjoyable now.
I have applied the principals contained within the book to my yoga lessons, to starting my own business and to refurbishing my home.
There is an age-old profound message within the pages of this book and if you are ready to receive the message it could change your life for the better.

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By Juliasen on 04-09-15

Life changing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A good friend had found this book so inspiring he had gifted it to 10 of his friends, including myself. I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and a highly driven, motivated and (I would like to think) organized person but despite seemingly having achieved many of my professional goals I still find that I regularly berate myself for not achieving more in every aspect of my life, leaving me constantly stressed and frustrated at my perceived underachievements. In the last week I have listened to this book twice over. It has already changed my life for the better - no understatement. It has just a few vital themes which are explained in beautiful simplicity with the author's true life illustrations which are easy to relate to despite his professional background being a million miles from my own. It is about enjoying the process of life and all the richness that it brings. It is genuinely liberating. By applying the principles in only the last few days I am already feeling more in control, calmer and I am letting go of that nagging sense of having a thousand things I should be doing. I will be re-listening to this repeatedly until I am fully applying these principles and will be passing on this gift to my nearest and dearest.

What could Thomas M. Sterner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have no suggestions. It ticked all the boxes for me

What does Thomas M. Sterner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The fact that it is the author reading the book, despite not being an actor brought authenticity to this work.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The chapter about teaching and learning from children, in particular his experience with his own.

Any additional comments?

An inspiring read. Brushing my teeth will never be the same again!

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By thllm01 on 12-13-15

A wonderful guide to mindful ease and productivity

A wonderful guide to mindful ease and productivity in the modern world. this book is a great guide on how to integrate mindfulness into daily life and tame the ego for a more peaceful and happy life.

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By roger lewis on 06-03-15

a great book

one of the best books i have ever read and i read 3 books a week. this book really left me with s ome ideas i can apply to my life

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