Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

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Fear has countless faces: from the fear of failure to worries about everyday life, from financial or environmental uncertainties to the universal despair we all experience when faced by the loss of a friend or loved one. Even when surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, life can feel incomplete when fear keeps us focused on the past and worried about the future. While we all experience fear, it is possible to learn how to avoid having our lives shaped and driven by it. In these pages, Thich Nhat Hanh ...

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Overview

Fear has countless faces: from the fear of failure to worries about everyday life, from financial or environmental uncertainties to the universal despair we all experience when faced by the loss of a friend or loved one. Even when surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, life can feel incomplete when fear keeps us focused on the past and worried about the future. While we all experience fear, it is possible to learn how to avoid having our lives shaped and driven by it. In these pages, Thich Nhat Hanh offers us a timeless path for living fearlessly.

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"Fear," a wise man said, "is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." Vietnamese Buddhist monk and spiritual author Nhat Hanh (Savor; Reconciliation; You Are Here) has devoted much of his busy life to spreading the message of mindfulness, the life-enhancing art of living in the moment. In this new release, he addresses fear, a worrisome, debilitating topic that requires thoughtful practice to transcend. Wise words from a master; editor's recommendation.

Sogyal Rinpoche
“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us that by looking deeply and embracing our whole experience with acceptance, love and understanding, we can go beyond fear and anxiety to find fearlessness and inner peace.”
Publishers Weekly
One of the world’s foremost Buddhist masters and advocates for peace, Nhat Hanh addresses the topic of fear in his latest book. He writes, “The practice of living fully in the present moment—what we call mindfulness—can give us the courage to face our fears and no longer be pushed and pulled around by them.” He examines the sources of fear and astutely explores how mindfulness can ease inner and outer fears. Nhat Hanh stresses compassion, nonviolence, and community building at all levels as a strategy for transforming the fear and anger in the world. His thinking is guided throughout by his signature concept of “interbeing”—that all creation is interconnected. The Zen master’s understanding of the grip that fear and anxiety have on modern individuals is profound. His unfailing simplicity, direct approach, and humanity shine on every page. This book is perhaps best approached by those new to his writings and to Buddhism, and those who want a gentle reminder about the possibility of true joy and respect for all living beings. Simple practices are included. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Acclaimed Vietnamese peace activist Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step) is noted for his syncretism, the freedom with which he marries Zen and Theravada insights into Buddhism, as well as hints of Western thought. His new book, rather unsurprisingly, suggests communication, community, and relaxation as remedies for fear, anxiety, and despair. VERDICT Less a memoir than a spiritual guide, this book is likely to appeal most strongly to Buddhists rather than to those interested in peace activism or history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062004734
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 58,531
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of many books, including the classics Peace Is Every Step and The Art of Power. Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and leads retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Fearlessness 1

A Time Before 7

Original Fear 15

Reconciling with Our Past 21

Releasing Fears About the Future: The Five Remembrances 29

No Coming, No Going 41

The Gift of Fearlessness 59

The Power of Mindfulness 71

Learning to Stop 79

Calm in the Storm 85

Transforming the Fear Around Us 91

Blue Sky Above the Clouds 101

Transforming Fear into Love: The Four Mantras 109

The Opposite of Fear 115

Practices for Transforming Fear 127

Releasing Fear from Body and Feelings: Eight Simple Mindfulness Exercises 127

Transforming the Roots of Fear in the Mind: Eight Breathing Exercises 139

Deep Relaxation for Transforming Fear and Stress 149

Metta Meditation: May We Be Free from Fear 152

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