What if the suffering that we call depression contains experiences and lessons without which we cannot be fully alive?This is one of the many startling questions that Giving Up Without Giving Up invites us to ask ourselves. Depression seems to be a contemporary epidemic, a condition understandably feared and avoided by all. Yet this book explores the possibility that we have much to learn from the desert times in our lives, when it feels as though we are losing everything, most of all any sense of who we are. Drawing on his extensive experience of meditation within both the Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions, as well as his own times of personal loss and bewilderment, Jim Green offers us a moving account of just how this wisdom practice can accompany each of us as we make ´´the gentle pilgrimage of recovery´´. He guides us through ´´the invention of depression´´ in the mid-20th century, questioning the increasing tendency to medicalize human suffering. Based on the insight that ´´Life is the Treatment´´, he offers a thorough and practical approach to our times of personal desolation, showing how we can learn to treat ourselves and each other with care and compassion. At the heart of this approach is the practice of meditation, learned from the Buddha, The Desert Fathers and Mothers, and Jesus himself. It´s a practice that, this heartfelt book insists, can help you ´´to be depressed - which might mean in mourning - for exactly as long as you need to be, no longer and no shorter. Then, changed, you are brought back to life, which is change itself.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom MacGairl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050674/bk_adbl_050674_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In some people exam anxiety and the imagination of failure are so unpleasant that during preparation for an exam, the concentration and learning success is suffering significantly. Then, at the time of examination, there may be the often-feared mental block or excessive anxiety that makes a successful exam impossible. In this imaginary journey, the listener gradually learns to deal with his or her fears. The thoughts of fear are not simply swiped away with positive thinking, but the listener is guided step by step to experience a real exam in his or her imagination. Only out of this situation can the fears be resolved and converted using various techniques of NLP and hypnosis. Every student should use this guided imagery as soon as possible and regularly during his or her preparation time. After a few repeated hearings, many listeners already notice a more relaxed learning environment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allen Logue. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkka/000089/bk_bkka_000089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fear of flying can keep you from enjoying your life, traveling to see new places and allows distance to separate you from loved ones. Flying doesn´t have to be an unnerving experience. While the fear of flying does not go away overnight, it is a phobia worth eliminating from your life if you would like to enjoy the freedom of using airplanes without anxiety. This audiobook includes two hypnosis sessions. The first session is 15 minutes long and is meant as a tool to help you relax. Its purpose is to help calm your nerves and can be listened to before, during, or after your flight. The second hypnosis is 22 minutes long and is intended to help eliminate anxiety specifically during your flight. You may listen to this session the night before your flight and during the actual flight. The fastest way to overcome any fear is to expose yourself to the feared experience. The more positive experiences you have while being exposed to your phobia, the more likely it is your fear will decrease until it is no longer an issue. Listening to these hypnosis sessions will help induce a more relaxed state of mind, increasing the likelihood that you will have a pleasant flight experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hypno Sion. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061546/bk_acx0_061546_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I had tried everything: therapy, medication, meditation. Everything except God. Lily Burana was in crisis. Desperate for rescue from her depression and anxiety, the punk-rock-girl-turned-writer feared she would die. She was down to her remedy of last resort: faith. A lapsed believer who had drifted away from the church and into a life on the margins during her young adult years, Lily had long believed that Christianity had nothing to offer her. Then an unmistakable sign from above led to her unexpected decision to let God in - just a little bit. But how could she come to terms with a religion she had dismissed as hostile and intolerant? In this collection of linked essays that chronicle her spiritual recovery, Lily explores what it means to embrace ´´a faith of surprisingly Jesus-y shape´´. Lily navigates her own unique path toward a trusting relationship with God as she addresses topics as diverse as coming out as Christian to your non-Christian friends, the intersection of faith and motherhood, and what it means to confront your history of mental illness and trauma. Whether recounting her history as a ´´baby Goth´´, extolling the healing power of glitter, or wrestling with God for control over her life, Lily proves that you don´t need to have a flawless faith in order to experience God´s grace in action. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Vorhees Wendel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/000764/bk_tnwd_000764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On its 150th anniversary, four acclaimed authors offer personal reflections on their lifelong engagement with Louisa May Alcott´s classic novel of girlhood and growing up. For the 150th anniversary of the publication of Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jane Smiley explore their strong lifelong personal engagement with Alcott´s novel--what it has meant to them and why it still matters. Each takes as her subject one of the four March sisters, reflecting on their stories and what they have to teach us about life. Kate Bolick finds parallels in oldest sister Meg´s brush with glamour at the Moffats´ ball and her own complicated relationship with clothes. Jenny Zhang confesses to liking Jo least among the sisters when she first read the novel as a girl, uncomfortable in finding so much of herself in a character she feared was too unfeminine. Carmen Maria Machado writes about the real-life tragedy of Lizzie Alcott, the inspiration for third sister Beth, and the horror story that can result from not being the author of your own life´s narrative. And Jane Smiley rehabilitates the reputation of youngest sister Amy, whom she sees as a modern feminist role model for those of us who are, well, not like the fiery Jo. These four voices come together to form a deep, funny, far-ranging meditation on the power of great literature to shape our lives.
An acclaimed German writer makes his American debut with this gripping and sophisticated thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and the early novels of Ian McEwan, about the murder of a neighbor who had been harassing a middle-class family - and the relative imprisoned for the crime. ´´I had always believed my father capable of a massacre. Whenever I heard on the news that there had been a killing spree, I would hold my breath, unable to relax until it was clear that it couldn´t have been him.´´ Randolph Tiefenthaler insists he had a normal childhood, though he grew up with a father who kept 30 loaded guns in the house. A modestly successful architect with a wonderful family and a beautiful home, he soon finds his life compromised when his father, a man Randolph loves yet has always feared, is imprisoned for murder. Fear is the story of the twisted events leading up to his father´s incarceration. It begins when Randolph and his family move into a new building and meet their neighbor, Dieter Tiberius, the peculiar yet seemingly friendly man living in the basement apartment. As the Tiefenthalers settle into their home, they become increasingly disturbed as Dieter´s strange behavior turns malevolent. Randolph unravels the tale of Dieter´s harassment - the erotic letters he sends to Rebecca, his spying, his accusations of child abuse, the police reports he filed against them. Finally, Randolph admits his own feelings of desperation and helplessness, which ultimately lead to his father´s intervention. As Randolph plumbs the depths of his own uncertainty surrounding the murder - pondering fundamental questions about masculinity, violence, and the rule of law - his reliability is slowly but irrevocably called into doubt. The result is an unsettling meditation on middle-class privilege and ´´civilized life´´ that builds to a shocking conclusion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Glouchevitch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006266/bk_harp_006266_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.