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Getting Unstuck

Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality

Getting Unstuck

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Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available.

On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality: a pre-emotional feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort often with harmful habits.

With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at both the itch and the scratch, which Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa. On this full-length recording, Pema Chödrön, bestselling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chödrön to discover more about:

  • Critical mind—how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness
  • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri—loving-kindness—toward yourself
  • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits
  • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more

An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chödrön. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chödrön guides us through this sticky feeling, exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

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"Chödrön demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives." —Publishers Weekly

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Pema Chodron is always good for me. I listen to it over and over especially when i'm stressed. Review by Mari
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Pema Chodron is always good for me. I listen to it over and over especially when i'm stressed.

(Posted on 8/7/2017)

Very Important Teaching Review by ash_oneil
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The teaching in this recording is essential and important. It helped to pull me out of my own suffering mind.

(Posted on 3/16/2016)

Very good introduction Review by Yasmin
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Great introduction to a new approach to life. Definetely worth listening to and great as an intro to meditation and self discovery

(Posted on 8/25/2015)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Healeygal
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Exceptional. This was my first introduction to Pema Chodron, and I have since bought several of her books and more audio programs. Her approach to the tenets of Buddhism is very down to earth and easy to understand. Getting Unstuck has been hugely helpful to me personally.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Karen S
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Excellent set of meditation tracks.

(Posted on 9/15/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Susanne W
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Excellent.

(Posted on 9/9/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Laurie S
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Pema Chodron is always informative, inspiring and a pleasure to listen to. This download is no exception.

(Posted on 8/24/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Isabelle
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It seems that every speaker I have come across on Sounds True has brought something new to the table. Or, they offer some small extra insight on a practice you know relatively well, that is so helpful and makes things 'click' a little more. Pema Chodron is no exception! Bonus that she's hilarious.

(Posted on 8/6/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by diane h
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Wow! I feel like I've just connected with a best friend. I play this over and over. I look forward to continue with further teachings.

(Posted on 3/10/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Kristi R
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You can't go wrong with anything from Pema. I find I listen to her CDs over and over again and always learn something new.

(Posted on 2/6/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Barbara G
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I can listen over and over and continually find new insight and application. This is a very useful recording.

(Posted on 1/9/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by faith miles
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I had saved listening to this until after the holiday, with great expectations. The effect on me of listening to the first - and so far only the first - track was powerful, shaking and utterly clarifying. I had the experience of being spoken to personally by someone who knew me and my suffering, and who held out, in a humane and humorous way, a helping hand. And there is more to come! For me, this is Dharma teaching of a most precious kind.

(Posted on 1/3/2014)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by sean m
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The CDs are a classic, a cornerstone in recovery, I highly recommend them for anyone suffering from the human condition. :)

(Posted on 12/12/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Aidan o Sullivan
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Very insightful thank you

(Posted on 10/12/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Caroline S
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I listened to this about a year ago, and it is still having reverberations in my life. I finally understood how to get unstuck from reactive anger, to let go and to meditate. Excellent program. Thanks Pema and Sounds True.

(Posted on 9/6/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Wendy S
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Such a thoughtful and thought provoking teaching on chenpa - the itch. Loved it and will listen to it over and over until I master the technique.

(Posted on 8/13/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Dawn B
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I haven't had time to listen to it yet but I love everything I have heard Pema do.

(Posted on 7/3/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Susan B
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I received this CD set at just the right time. Such helpful guidance always from Pema Chodron.

(Posted on 7/1/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Diane K
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Simply wonderful.

(Posted on 7/1/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by zoe n
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Just great!
"shenpa" opened a new window in observing my patterns. Pema Chodron's talks speak to the heart.

(Posted on 6/30/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Serra Muderrisoglu
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This is a very helpful piece of Pema Chödron's wisdom. Highly recommended!

(Posted on 6/28/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Sharon K
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Excellent teaching for advancing on the path. I love how practical and human, yet compassionate and wise Peme Chodron seems to be.

(Posted on 6/23/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Elizabeth W.
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Pema Chodron's teachings are fantastic. Highly recommend.

(Posted on 6/22/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Boo
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This CD is changing my life. Thank you Pema.

(Posted on 6/12/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Maryanne V. T
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I am thoroughly enjoying Getting Unstuck with Pema Chodron. Her message is universal. She is very articulate, funny, practical, warm and a great storyteller. I like the fact she came, at some point from Brooklyn!

(Posted on 5/10/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Lori F
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Great!

(Posted on 5/10/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Becky M
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Absolutely excellent! Pema Chodron hits the nail on the head in so many ways and her gentle sense of humor only adds to the appeal of this CD. Highly recommend...can't wait to get more of her CD's. There is a lot of insight here...

(Posted on 3/6/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Beata J
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I am a senior and tend to do things very slowly, especially learning to use new technology.
I am grateful to receive this wisdom from Pema Chodron on my new ipod. What a blessing she is!
Thank you for being there.

(Posted on 3/6/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Marilyn and Morris S
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XLNT

(Posted on 2/20/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Stephen H
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Only one of the best CD's from this down-to-earth brilliant communicator!

(Posted on 1/7/2013)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Shirley T
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What a power-packed guide to approaching areas of personal "stuck-ness" with compassion and courage. I will be revisiting this again and again.

(Posted on 11/18/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Barbara D
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This was different format than the unconditional confidence.(UC) I found it harder to follow, where I have listened to UC many times I have been unable to listen to this repeatedly to glean more bennifit from it.

(Posted on 10/20/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Charlene Foss F
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This has been a good experience

(Posted on 9/17/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by janice c
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my experience with her more recent CD work is she is now sticking to the subject better with fewer entertainment stories than her earlier ones Now I would continue buy her again.

(Posted on 9/8/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Mike Williams
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Very good CD

(Posted on 7/17/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Theresa Sullivan
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Very Good!
Down to earth and understandable - a wonderful help for all of us.

(Posted on 5/19/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Heidi Steenstrup
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I learned very much usefull through listening to these teachings. I love the profound insights of Pema Chodron, her so deep and selfexperienced knowledge about the human psyche or mind. I trust her deeply.

(Posted on 5/15/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by CJ
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If you truly want to get unstuck, order this cd or course. It is light lively and oh so doable! Pema has a wonderful sense of humour that ties us all together making getting unstuck from our habitual (damaging) patterns an exercise that we want to do!

(Posted on 4/24/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Susan Kulbitski
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I have listen to this CD set at least 20 times and will continue to listen for eternity. I love Pema with her wisdom and humor.

(Posted on 4/17/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Robert Clark
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Recorded sessions from a retreat that has amazing relevance to every day existence. I listen to it over an over especially when I go for walks.

(Posted on 4/6/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Alix Carafiol
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Excellent service!
And I feel happy to be able to support you all.
Thanks very much for your responsiveness.

(Posted on 2/9/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Kristy McCaffrey
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I very much enjoyed this CD. It's my first encounter with Pema Chodron and her teachings have been very helpful as I work through a difficult time in my life.

(Posted on 1/18/2012)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Robalee Chapin
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Thank you - my expectations were exceeded.

(Posted on 12/8/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Valerie Sutton
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Pema Chodron communicates with marvelous clarity, warmth and compassion. This is the sort of recording you can listen to again and again without exhausting the content because the insights it contains will reach you in new ways each time.

(Posted on 12/2/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Anna
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Life-changing. I bought this cd with no idea that this was really the one that would start me on the path that made a difference.

(Posted on 11/13/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Nancy Branconnier
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I'm very happy with my purchase.

(Posted on 10/25/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Wendy Russell
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I could listen to Pema Chodron over and over again. I really enjoy the humble and kind way she delivers her teachings.

(Posted on 10/5/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Beatriz Hernandez
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Excellent everything

(Posted on 9/26/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Susan DeNicola
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Although the concept is a good one, this teaching lacks instructions for practical application.

(Posted on 9/23/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Paige
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I really enjoyed Getting Unstuck. Pema's teaching on Shenpa are just amazing. Highly recommended

(Posted on 9/19/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Alana Cruickshank
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Loved it. Was bought to help with handling negative emotions. Feel like I have a direction again.

(Posted on 9/17/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Jane Cluley
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Excellent guidance and with such humanity.

(Posted on 9/15/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Sabine
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I listened to the whole programme on one evening, and I guess I will listen to it many more times. The concept of "shenpa" was new to me and very refreshing.

(Posted on 9/12/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by jean marie sefcovic
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Pema is wonder full. It's so comforting to know that it's simple. The more we ease up on ourselves the easier life gets.

(Posted on 9/7/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Donald Fong
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I'll give these talks another try. I'm warming up to her. I like her delivery and appreciate the imparting of wisdom.

(Posted on 8/28/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Katherine Andersen
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Excellent. Really helped me to focus on the present moment.

(Posted on 8/28/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by David Hamilton
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Funny light hearted yet serious look at letting go and letting in

(Posted on 8/21/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Alison Story
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i lovedGetting unstuck. Pema Chodron is such a wonderful teacher, her humour and down to earth qualities mix with her wisdom and sound advice

(Posted on 8/19/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Ginette Nadeau
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Very simple and helpful. Full of good humor too!

(Posted on 8/18/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Ginette Nadeau
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Very simple and helpful.

(Posted on 8/18/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Ruby DeVol Berson
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Excellent! Pema Chodron's voice, her humor, her insight and her loving compassionate energy is comforting, encouraging and inspiring. I highly recommend Getting Unstuck.

(Posted on 8/17/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Karen Irmscher
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I have loaded this onto my iPod and often listen to it when I can't sleep. Pema's perspectives are helpful to me, helping me to take the broader view, both in meditation and in life.

(Posted on 8/7/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Tracy OMeara Smith
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Pema has given me a tangible insight in how we move and dont move through our life. Wonderful way to learn sprituality in a grounded and simple way. Without hesitation I would recommend this!

(Posted on 5/28/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Gloria J Williams
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When something is right and you are in agreement, it will stay with you to serve you, to remind you of what it is that you were seeking,. I loved every minute of this lesson...

(Posted on 4/23/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Lamees Mansur
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Who wouldn't want to know how to get themselves unstuck when they are? This is one of my favorite CD's for Pema and she is my most favorite teacher. I resonate 200% with her style.
I recommend this highly to anyone. I give it out as a gift.

(Posted on 3/30/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Alannah Blaise
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I was first introduced to Pema's work when I picked up the book "When Things Fall Apart" after hearing a few people mention it. I was going through an extremely difficult time and it was amazingly helpful. It was so comforting to me that I also bought the book on cd so I could listen in my car. After almost wearing it out, I finally decided I should branch out a little and buy another Pema cd. This one caught my attention because of the subject matter, so I thought I would give it a try.

Since it is a recorded talk with a couple of Q&A sessions, I wasn't sure if I'd get as much out of it as the other cd that came from a book, but I have to say this is an amazing program.

In this talk, Pema really focuses on a couple of points I found extremely helpful (one being "shenpa" - the things that 'hook' us), and she is so easy to listen to. Even though the subject matter is quite serious, she has a very light, personable delivery and a great sense of humour (which I wasn't expecting at all!). Her voice is so calming and she is one of the wisest people I've ever heard speak. She tells several stories to illustrate her points and shares some of her own issues and struggles.

I found this recording to be so powerful and extremely helpful. I just find her so comforting because she's so "human" for someone with so much experience and knowledge. She always seems to pinpoint specific things I am dealing with and just knowing that she (and obivously others) are also dealing with the same things shows me how connected we all are.

This is a really wonderful recording and I never tire of listening to it when I start to feel "off" or am dealing with a difficult situation. I highly recommend it!

(Posted on 3/18/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Richard Royster
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I listened to the Cd four or five times and I liked this old lady.
I am not sure I would recommend this CD to anyone and I will probably donate it to our city libraryy.
The concept of Shenpa was a valuable concept. But I find the CD failed to live up to the title of getting unstuck and there was little on encountering naked reality. Curious but a let down in the end.

(Posted on 3/10/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Lori Garcia
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Great message, and wonderful information. Thoroughly enjoy everything I've heard by Pema Chodron!

(Posted on 3/1/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by kate milliken
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awesome, helpful, funny and just wise and comforting to listen to.

(Posted on 2/23/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by JK McGinnis
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excellent and most helpful .....as always pema is both down to earth and enlightening!

(Posted on 2/22/2011)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Mark Marty
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It was an unusual syncronicty that a friend of mine gave me this CD set when he did. What an extraordinary teaching! This has brought me a tremendous amount of understanding, self-compassion, and peace. Pema Chodron is very easy to listen to and understand without any loss of depth. I am sharing with many friends who can benefit from this teaching as I continue to do.

(Posted on 11/2/2010)

Review for Getting Unstuck Review by Michael Bunting
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I really loved this talk, its funny, kind, insightful and inspiring. Pema Chodron is quite simply an extraordinary teacher and she relates to our ordinary struggles with such insight and humility.

(Posted on 4/26/2010)

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CD

Contents 3 CDs (210 minutes)
Date Published January 01, 2005
ISBN-10 1-59179-238-X
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-238-3
Dimensions 5 x 5 3/4 inches
Product Code AW00886D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (3 hours, 30 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published January 01, 2005
ISBN-10 1-60407-112-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-112-2
Product Code AW00886W