Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

“Written in phrases so intimate, calm, type, and rapid, this striking publication seems like a message from our own heart….Thich Nhat Hanh is likely one of the most vital voices of our time, and now we have by no means had to hearken to him greater than now.”
—Sogyal Rinpoche

Fear is harmful, a pervasive challenge all of us face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen grasp, poet, scholar,  peace activist, and one of many most desirable non secular leaders within the world—a proficient instructor who used to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by means of Martin Luther King Jr.—Thich Nhat Hanh has written a strong and useful strategic advisor to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and private terrors. The big apple Times stated Hanh, “ranks moment in basic terms to the Dalai Lama” because the Buddhist chief with the main impact within the West. In Fear: crucial knowledge for purchasing in the course of the Storm, Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a route to discovering peace and freedom from anxiousness and providing strong instruments to assist us eliminate it from our lives

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They lack the capacity for that vital human characteristic, empathy, the ability to put ourselves emotionally in the place of another. They are envious of others and imagine that others are envious of them. This characteristic raises an important question we all must confront: How large an audience are we performing for? Many people are so sensitive to the opinions of others that they are filled with anxiety and self-consciousness. At the extremes this can result in either paranoia or an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance.

Their anticipation of rejection is often realized because of their inhibited and self-denigrating style, and so their life experience reinforces their belief that others do not want to be around them. This attitude makes them vulnerable to feelings of loneliness and depression. These are people who are easily bullied when young, which confirms their belief in their own inadequacy and the malign intent of others. Because they are painfully shy and unrealistically selfcritical, such people appear to some generous souls to provide a welcome contrast to the general run of selfabsorbed narcissists.

Many of them gravitate toward hierarchical occupations that allow them to dominate and exploit others, notably business (especially sales), politics, and the military, though they can be found anywhere. Their defining characteristic is a capacity for deceit. To be in the presence of a sociopath can be a very confusing experience. Once it begins to dawn on you that they are so self-centered that no con18 A Man Is Known by the Company He Avoids cept such as the rights and needs of others ever crosses their mind, they begin to seem like people from another planet.

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