The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

  • by Haemin Sunim, Haemin Sunim - translation, Chi-Young Kim - translation
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Is it the world that's busy, or is it my mind?"
The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this best-selling mindfulness guide - it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a number-one best-seller for 41 weeks and received multiple best book of the year awards - Haemin Sunim (which means "spontaneous wisdom"), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.
By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas - including relationships, love, and spirituality - Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves.


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Peace After Thinking And Feeling Too Much?

What a breath of fresh air! I'm a person who thinks too much, feels too much and sometimes, to my great detriment, says too much. "The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down" came to my rescue when I was mired in a pit of grief and sorrow, worried about what I'd done, what I'd failed to do--basically, I was living a life where I found I couldn't change the past, and the future was looking mighty bleak. This book goes beyond the usual mindfulness: live in the present, forget about the past and future generalities and offers snippets of hope and peace.
And I do mean snippets. At slightly less than only three hours, each chapter starts with an essay based on experience and is followed by snippets of truly inspiring, thought-provoking, utterly life-changing observations and glimpses to a more profound and fulfilling life. Haemin Sunim suggests not listening to it at one go, but to listen bit by bit, chewing on and digesting each tidbit. Naturally, in my state, I devoured it completely. But yes: I will be going back to it time and time again.
Here you'll find beauty about relationships, love (what happens when you find it, how to go on when it spits you out), work, life, and the unutterably ordinary moments that make up our lives.
Highly recommended as it's definitely worth the listening time, especially since you'll wind up wanting to go back again and again.
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- Gillian

Oversimplifies concepts, but still a good listen

I really enjoyed this and gained much from listening. No doubt it will be a title that I will listen to again and again. I will probably learn new aspects on the next listen because I will be in a different place in my life.

My only criticism is that some of the hypotheticals (or life situations) and the related philosophy or advice are at times quite oversimplified. There were moments I couldnt help but to chuckle, roll my eyes and say "yeah, right...if only it were that simple". Some of these situations in life are often much more complex and nuanced than the author would like to acknowledge. Other pieces of advice seemed (in my opinion) like they could actually cause more suffering in certain situations if followed.

Even with these minor weaknesses, it is still very much worth a listen!
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- Charger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.