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    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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    • Ed
    • 16/08/2019

    This book goes beyond just practicing.

    Good material for self development, with interesting perspective on training to practice as a meditative exercise.

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    • azmom
    • 04/04/2015

    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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    • Elizabeth
    • 29/06/2013

    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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    • Kevin
    • 07/03/2016

    I'd rather read it than listen to it.

    Struggling to finish. Lackluster audio performance is making the content feel boring. Some good points, but I can only listen for a short time before getting sick of hearing him talk.

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    • Mrs. Becky Quinn
    • 16/09/2013

    Big impact, excellent advice,multiple applications

    Would you consider the audio edition of The Practicing Mind to be better than the print version?

    yes, more authentic for author to read it, effective to be able to repeat specific sections,
    Just wish there was a way to include his references (in the back of the book)

    What did you like best about this story?

    Analytical approach broken down Into logical steps for consistent improvement. Most encouraging for learning a new skill or subject. Excellent!

    Have you listened to any of Thomas M. Sterner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    unfortunately I haven't, I would like to because I like his approach and his integrity

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes and no...It was a most interesting approach and I wanted to hear it all now. I also found myself going back to key areas several times for his suggested applications to become part of my process.

    Any additional comments?

    Not the typical surface suggestions, instead in depth thought and many process applications. just outstanding!

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    • Joseph
    • 30/08/2011

    Great Purchase!!!

    Thanks Thomas for sharing these wonderful findings with us through your audiobook.
    I have learned:
    1. How to actually live in the present moment everyday.
    2. How to effectively and joyfully practice any skill or anything by using your suggestions.

    With this change of mindset, I`m joyfully back to my once annoying and tiring Piano Lessons!

    Thanks once again from Joseph Amen, Valencia, Spain.

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    • Brent R. Baker
    • 04/03/2015

    Good book with some great points

    I really did enjoy the book. Author has an easy to understand way of putting things which I will definitely implement into my life. my only problem with the book was the narrative. I wish they would've spent the $$ on a professional reader. I'm not sure why they didn't, everyone has their reasons for things, but it was definitely "Read". But the information in it is very eye opening & I will be listening again soon with a pad & pen, taking notes. Worth the $$, just go into hearing the reading of it with an open mind.

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    • Phillip
    • 19/02/2013

    Exceptional

    Author identifies and helps you understand how some ways of thinking are prejudicial to bringing discipline and focus to life, thereby changing your perception towards the way we are normally inclined to do things and, in doing so, effecting change in a more efficient and meaningful way.

    Book is short, easy to read and filled with interesting anecdotes that will help you better grasp what is being discussed. I have noticed significant improvements in my abilities to concentrate and focus since applying what was taught in the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in improving their abilities.

    I also got the audio version. You can listen to a chapter every night and finish in a week. Different methods work best for different people, this one worked best for me. I find that the information sinks in best this way.

    I also highly recommend that you take some notes of the main points whilst listening/reading. Writing things down also helps you learn them, add to that the fact that you have a concise and neat summary by the time you finish.

    Apply what you have learned! Buying and reading the book count for, at best, good intentions. You have to fully integrate the concepts into your life if you want to reap their true benefits.

    Happy listening!

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    • Antony
    • 23/01/2012

    A fabulous book, narrated by a true Master

    Would you listen to The Practicing Mind again? Why?

    This is a great book with step-by-step instructions on how to develop the habit of practicing rituals for creating desired habits. The author's instructions are interwoven with fascinating stories and personal anecdotes from his life, and explained in a simple, clear, easy to w way

    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the simplicity of the principles Thomas Sterner describes in this book. It's got none of the fluffy New Age mumbo-jumbo that describe vague concepts but don't really tell you what to do and how to do it.

    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Practicing Mind?

    Focus on the process and not the end product - you'll get there faster, easier, and with a lot less effort!

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    • Shaun
    • 05/08/2011

    Very insightful!!!

    Very good audio book, would recomend this one if you are a very busy person or just want to be able to think more clearly. I found some of the information and paradox's very enlightening - they teach you how to focus on the moment you are in. It has complemented my self development audio library very well.

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    • Maria
    • 06/02/2012

    Really helpful. Well paced and easy to follow.

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

    For those interested in Mindfulness and Self awareness this is a must. I've been listening to this audiobook constantly since I downloaded it. It's that good.
    It's a short book. Each chapter is very clear, with a good balance between the idea proposed and examples.
    I liked the narration a lot too.

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    • SE7EN11
    • 22/01/2016

    be in the now

    the author does a great job here to put together lots of practical insights that ultimately serve the question on how to achieve anything you want and being happy, he shares a lot of good examples. in the end I enjoyed the book nevertheless sometimes along the way I wished it would have passed quicker, so to speak, thats when I wasnt in the now, thats when I wasnt happy with it. i should have gone slow ;)

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    • Pedro
    • 10/06/2017

    Brilliant in every aspect

    Auf welchen Platz würden Sie The Practicing Mind auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

    Platz 3

    Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit The Practicing Mind vergleichen? Warum?

    The obstacle is the way. Es beweist einfach, dass wir unsere größten Fehler und Erfolge in uns tragen. Wer seine inneren Dämonen zähmen kann wird die Erfolge einfahren

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    • Thomas Witt
    • 09/06/2015

    Very Profound Book

    Don't expect a standard "How To..." book. Sterner is not a self help guru but a man on a path to finding piece in the process not the goal itself.

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    • Panagiotis Saoulidis
    • 24/02/2018

    Awesome!

    A lot of profound content, very clearly delivered and a voice you can comfortably listen to!
    I can only recommend this book.