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The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner

by Jan 27, 2016Reading List0 comments

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Equanimity is mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. This is the word that best describes how I would like to live. Why? I believe that allowing the outside to affect your emotional well being is a sign of mental weakness.

Is this fact? No… just my current thinking. I know people can be mean… but if your feelings are hurt, it is not those mean people fault – its yours. I believe you are responsible for your response. This is very hard for some to hear. If it is, I am sorry.

You have heard it said, perception is reality. This may not be truth, but the saying still has value… and helps me understand how limited my understanding of the world is. The Practicing Mind makes some very good points and helpful ideas about the importance of being present. Especially in today’s world, we focus so much of our energy on results vs process. We focus on the future vs the now. In doing so, we sacrifice the quality of the process, therefore the results are not what they could/should have been… because we are not present.

Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

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.

Conclusion: Most of the time people really just want to know if they should bother reading the book… is it worth your time? My answer, yes – I would certainly recommend reading The Practicing Mind

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