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Making Friends with Your Mind Speech

Making Friends with Your Mind: The Key to Contentment

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever found yourself thinking your way into a tangle of fret, frustration, or gloom? And then something small - a few kind words, the sun glancing through the clouds, a warm cup of tea - gave you a welcome pause from all your inner chatter? With Making Friends with Your Mind, that's what Pema Chödrön helps us to do, not by chance but with our full intention: to stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe.

The Buddha saw that the human experience is full of drama: confusion and conviction, joy and sorrow, success and failure - and that our minds love to amplify all of it. "We decide somebody or something is a certain way," muses Pema Chödrön, "and then that judgment gets frozen and fixated, long after things change. And things always change, right?"

In these free-spirited sessions, Ani Pema helps you to bring awareness to those inflexible thoughts and sticking points. Through meditations, daily practices, and the kind of simple pointers that can change our lives, you'll learn that it is entirely possible to return to the flow and freedom of your experiences - and to find your way each day closer to a place of unconditional friendliness with yourself and with those in need.

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  • Anonymous
    17/06/17
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    "Incredible!"

    This is one of the most profound and helpful teachings I have ever heard. I'm listening to it now for the 5th time and look forward to sharing my learnings with my Sangha!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cenandra
    11/05/17
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    "Love Pema but...."

    I think overall this was a great retreat there were pieces I could really glean from; however, there were way to many audience member questions and not enough teachings.

    I felt a lot of what the audience asked were the same thing almost in some cases.

    I most likely won't listen to this one again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • La
    Texas
    22/11/16
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    "I alway enjoy Pema Chodron"

    joyful lessons from living with the pain. learning to embrace what it is. a good bath listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eva D. Dale
    Columbus, OH USA
    1/10/16
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    "Beautiful talk."

    Pema Chodron gives wonderful, useful advice for living life well. Great combination of her talking and then taking questions.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • French Bulldog Mom
    18/02/17
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    "Calming. Full of warmth and wisdom."

    Listening to Pema Chodron always gets me in a better frame of mind and gives me a sense of peace. This recording from a class she taught is wonderful. Presents Buddhist teachings and life lessons in an easygoing manner that calms me and nourishes my mind and soul. I'll listen to this again and again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abby
    5/08/17
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    "Beautiful, helpful, transformative"

    This is the second book I've listened to of Pema's. I learned so much and will listen to it again in its entirety. Pema has a true gift for communicating spiritual teachings with irreverence, compassion and humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanika Anderson
    1/08/17
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    "Helpful, practical teaching by Pema Chodron"

    Easy listen...didn't want to stop listening! Loved the questions from tbe audience, and Pema's feedback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Kaplan
    USA
    23/07/17
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    "Not a book, but a recording of a workshop"
    What disappointed you about Making Friends with Your Mind?

    Pema rambles around, digresses, and contradicts herself plenty. The blah, blah, and buzz word stuff "(the openness of what is already here", Etc) without practical applications. I believe at least two of the attendees to the seminar would agree with me, Pema sounded as wanting to be clever, rather than helpful, stating the obvious constantly along the recording without any sound or practical contribution to attendees questions..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pema Chödrön again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pema Chödrön’s performances?

    Definitely not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed to waste my time, I didn't learn anything new.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been meditating daily for more than 20 years, I have documented myself and practiced plenty Buddhism and other eastern faiths and disciplines. I live a regular, "real" life in the United States and I understand why people, myself included, seek for solutions in the apparent calmness that Buddhism offers but we all must do our homework before we follow any of the "guru's" in the guru market. God is us, God is within and we are individually a force over which we possess free will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. T.
    5/06/17
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    "Excellent style, potentially life-changing"

    Pema has a great, down-to-Earth style founded in Buddhism but with pragmatic insights that can change your perspective and life path

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kasi Mireles
    28/04/17
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    "soothing and informative"

    These were a series of talks Pema Chodron gave about having warmth towards yourself. I really liked how she took questions from the people attending the retreat. Sometimes when I listen to an audio book I start to zone out the narrator. The back and forth in the question and answer portion helped to keep me engaged. The talks were full of advice delivered with warmth and humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Metal Buddha
    16/11/16
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    "Another fantastic book /teaching"

    Absolutely Wonderful!! yet again Pema imparts realistic, practical advice with humour. I would recommend her books to anyone, what ever their path.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    28/09/16
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    "Making Friends with your mind"

    This was a most enjoyable and enlightening book to listen to. It made the mind restful and calm.
    No criticism.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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