The Practicing Mind

  • by Thomas M. Sterner
  • Narrated by Thomas M. Sterner
  • 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Life changing

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

A good friend had found this book so inspiring he had gifted it to 10 of his friends, including myself. I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and a highly driven, motivated and (I would like to think) organized person but despite seemingly having achieved many of my professional goals I still find that I regularly berate myself for not achieving more in every aspect of my life, leaving me constantly stressed and frustrated at my perceived underachievements. In the last week I have listened to this book twice over. It has already changed my life for the better - no understatement. It has just a few vital themes which are explained in beautiful simplicity with the author's true life illustrations which are easy to relate to despite his professional background being a million miles from my own. It is about enjoying the process of life and all the richness that it brings. It is genuinely liberating. By applying the principles in only the last few days I am already feeling more in control, calmer and I am letting go of that nagging sense of having a thousand things I should be doing. I will be re-listening to this repeatedly until I am fully applying these principles and will be passing on this gift to my nearest and dearest.


What could Thomas M. Sterner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have no suggestions. It ticked all the boxes for me


What does Thomas M. Sterner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The fact that it is the author reading the book, despite not being an actor brought authenticity to this work.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The chapter about teaching and learning from children, in particular his experience with his own.


Any additional comments?

An inspiring read. Brushing my teeth will never be the same again!

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- Juliasen

Essential Reading For Any One Aspiring Greatness

If you could sum up The Practicing Mind in three words, what would they be?

practical, simple, instructive


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Practicing Mind?

Describing the perfection of a seed transforming into a flower as perfection at every stage of development and then comparing those stages to when one stays present and learn to enjoy the process at every stage of what we are doing.

Its easy to get frustrated when one loses focus on the task at hand or the process that needs to be carried out to achieve our goals.

We have to get into the habit of following the process and enjoying the journey on route to achieving the goal


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Chapter 8 and 9 where my favourites


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

Yes, I completed it in two sittings


Any additional comments?

If you are someone who gets frustrated when things are not going your way and need to understand how winning is done, Especially if you are an entrepreneur, business, sales or parenthood (the author shares a lot of practical experiences)... get this book!

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- R. Ansah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2010
  • Publisher: Mountain Sage Publishing