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First let me tell you what this is not - it is not a guided meditation. At first I was disappointed: 'This is not telling me how to meditate', I thought. As I progressed, however, I realized that I was waiting for a guided meditation, which never comes, and that actually this recording was far more useful than that. It DOES give advice on sitting meditation - on letting thoughts go - but mainly it is about a whole life approach, about meditating with eyes open, about developing a flexible, loving outlook. If you haven't meditated before, I think you should start somewhere else, either at a meditation class or using a guided meditation tape or DVD. Once you have got some understanding of meditation and perhaps also of Buddhism, THEN you should listen to this recording, which contains some excellent information and advice. I avoid the word 'instruction' deliberately here, as this is not what Pema Chodron is about.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I found this book very helpful. I had issues with the recording though. It is from a live seminar and there is a boxy quality to her voice. Also lots of ambient room noises from the attendees. I found these things to be very distracting
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
I downloaded the CD-quality version of this, and except for one very short instance where the sound gets a little "crumpley," I found on the whole the sound quality to be excellent - like she recorded it in a studio instead of in front of an audience. There were no distracting ambient sounds that I could discern. The sound of her voice comes out full and clear throughout. Add to that the excellent content of this audiobook, and you have another fine offering from Pema you can buy with confidence. I give it five stars.
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