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Making Friends with Your Mind

The Key to Contentment
Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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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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Pema Chödrön is funny and full of insight.

This is a talk by Pema Chödrön for those who meditate. Her insights are deep and honest.

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  • Cenandra
  • 11-05-2017

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.

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  • Tracy
  • 08-11-2017

Acceptance and Peace with yourself

I really love Pema's books and talks, and this is no different.

I should point out, however, that this IS a live talk, or rather, a series of talks she gave in 2015 over a few days. Being live, there is an audience, and, in fact, in these talks, Pema invites a lot of audience questions.

This was GOOD.

Either the audio was later edited so only solid and valuable questions and responses were produced, or the audience was totally solid from the start. Very good insights by Pema, good life experience questions from the audience, that touched on various aspects of my own life and way of being with the world and myself.

I really recommend this if you like Pema Chodron's works.

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  • J. T.
  • 05-06-2017

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

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  • Shanika Anderson
  • 01-08-2017

Helpful, practical teaching by Pema Chodron

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

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  • P. Allen
  • 17-06-2017

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!

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  • Eva D.
  • 01-10-2016

Beautiful talk.

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

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  • Laura Vetos
  • 18-10-2017

one of my favorite Pema's

wow, there is nothing like listening to Pema's Voice and her humor and gentleness while she teaches. This audio book is so helpful with the general mind things we all struggle with. Thanks

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  • Abby
  • 05-08-2017

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.

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  • French Bulldog Mom
  • 18-02-2017

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.

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  • La
  • 22-11-2016

I alway enjoy Pema Chodron

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

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  • Brother Yonten
  • 16-11-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-2018

normally love pema, but...

This is more q&a from people in the audience than her teaching; disappointing. A shame the format is not pointed out in the description so you know what you're getting

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  • Ann
  • 28-09-2016

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.

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  • Jol
  • 04-10-2020

very useful and practical conversation

very useful and practical conversation with Pema. very good Q&A session on discomfort resilience and bringing openhearted awareness.

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  • J. Lomax
  • 30-05-2020

Soothing, illuminating, metaphorical

Having not listened to Pema Chodron before, this was an interesting take on how to better deal with - get comfortable with - unpleasant emotions. (Not negative or unwanted because apparently they're all just emotions that we can learn from and welcome as a part of us!) The combination of her talking and guiding, alongside audience questions felt useful.

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  • Raph
  • 18-02-2020

Fantastic listen

Pema Chodron has this easy of delivering such important messages and making it so funny and relatable. To much better in audio version as you can hear people laugh. She does make references to meditation exercises given in sessions that aren't recorded in the book so felt like some important parts were missing a little.

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  • Sonia
  • 26-12-2018

Everyone can learn and grow from Pema Chodron.

Do warm, touching and truthful. Guidance for life but so warm and often funny and endearing. Have gained so much from Pema.

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  • Cristina Iesescu
  • 10-08-2018

Amazing soul

I absolutely love listening to Pema C. I am truly grateful she exists ...I feel that with her insights and teachings I can stay with anything that arises in my life. I laughed so much listening to this workshop. I will probably listen to it many times.

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  • Heydragonfly
  • 27-03-2018

Just beautiful.

How can you go wrong with Pema Chodron? Highly recommend to everyone who would like some meaningful sunshine in their life!

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  • Pauline Cartwright
  • 06-02-2018

Recommend to everyone

Recommend to everyone including yourself this is an exceptional teaching, very open, intelligent and icompassionate awareness, open hearted and deeply kind. 🙏🏼