Loving What Is

  • by Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a 10-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, "It's not the problem that causes our suffering; it's our thinking about the problem." Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.
Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You'll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work's power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible.


What the Critics Say

"With warm and nicely chosen interventions with audience members, the authors demonstrate the essentials of accepting realities in others we can't change. It's a hard-charging message, at times relentless, that will shake up any listeners whose lives are held up because of nagging blame or anger toward others." ( AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Life changing book

Would you consider the audio edition of Loving What Is to be better than the print version?

Never read the print but I think this is best suited to an audio book because of the amount of dialogue in it. Actually hearing the recorded sessions and how participants react is what makes the book.

What did you like best about this story?

There was no story per se

Which character – as performed by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell – was your favourite?

No characters either. This is a non-fiction book so not applicable.

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

Yes absolutely, and I almost did!

Any additional comments?

Get this book, it could change your life!

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- Lynda

Being ok with the now

My whole life I have always resisted what was happening to me. I would get frustrated and angry when things were supposed to go my way and didn't. Byron Katie shows me that the mind creates my own reality and my thoughts dictate the world I perceive to live in. Answering four questions and turning them around opened my eyes to what was really happening in my life. Loving What Is has transformed me into a more open-hearted and accepting person. Please listen to this book, it will set you free if you let it.
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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-05-2004
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books