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The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

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Bill Mendieta

4 Hours 50 Minutes

HighBridge Company

June 2010

Audio Book Summary

Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation. We're a society swimming in anger, always about to snap. Using simple, understandable Buddhist principles, Scheff and Edmiston explain how to replace anger with happiness. They introduce the four kinds of demands that most commonly underlie anger (Important and Reasonable, Reasonable but Unimportant, Irrational, and Impossible), then show how to identify our real unmet demands, dissolve our anger, and change what happens when our buttons are pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a powerful early step, and realize that others don't make us angry. Only we can make ourselves angry.

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  • Lorna R.

    I imagine this book would have been an interesting read, and it helped me really focus on why I experience anger and possible methods for moving through it. Sadly it was spoiled by the appalling narration! Pacing so bad I often couldn't tell a chapter title from the sentence following which really messed with my understanding. Worst of all, though, was the bizarre and frankly borderline racist 'all purpose foreign' accent he chose to use for any quotation from a non-caucasian source, be it a Native American elder or Thich Nhat Hanh. Truly weird recording. I'd love to revisit the book in printed format to give it a fair review.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book

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