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When Things Fall Apart

Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
June, 2016
ISBN:
9781611803433
In stock now: 
14
$22.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life’s difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth—now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

Pema Chödrön, director of Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (and author of The Wisdom of No Escape and Start Where You Are, etc.), shows in this collection from talks she gave between 1987 and 1994 that the secret to freeing ourselves from pain is not to run from it, but to step right into the uncharted territory of difficulty with friendliness and curiosity. The good news, according to Pema, is that when we fearlessly approach suffering, relaxing into the groundlessness of our situation, we will discover a simple, subtle, yet indestructible kind of happiness. With clarity and humour, she shows how we can cultivate maitri, loving-kindness, and a fearlessly compassionate attitude toward our own pain and that of others.

If your life is chaotic and stressful, there’s plenty of advice here for you. If you’re in transition, suffering from loss, or just fundamentally restless, these teachings are tailor-made.

When Things Fall Apart includes:

  • ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
  • transformative breathing and visualization exercises
  • ways to communicate that encourage others to open up rather than shut down
  • practices for reversing habitual patterns
  • three methods of working with chaotic situations
  • ways for creating effective social action.

Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. We jump into it. We slide into it. We tiptoe into it. We move toward it however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhicitta. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.

Publisher’s Description: 

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life’s difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth—now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

Pema Chödrön, director of Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (and author of The Wisdom of No Escape and Start Where You Are, etc.), shows in this collection from talks she gave between 1987 and 1994 that the secret to freeing ourselves from pain is not to run from it, but to step right into the uncharted territory of difficulty with friendliness and curiosity. The good news, according to Pema, is that when we fearlessly approach suffering, relaxing into the groundlessness of our situation, we will discover a simple, subtle, yet indestructible kind of happiness. With clarity and humour, she shows how we can cultivate maitri, loving-kindness, and a fearlessly compassionate attitude toward our own pain and that of others.

If your life is chaotic and stressful, there’s plenty of advice here for you. If you’re in transition, suffering from loss, or just fundamentally restless, these teachings are tailor-made.

When Things Fall Apart includes:

  • ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
  • transformative breathing and visualization exercises
  • ways to communicate that encourage others to open up rather than shut down
  • practices for reversing habitual patterns
  • three methods of working with chaotic situations
  • ways for creating effective social action.

Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward the turbulence and doubt. We jump into it. We slide into it. We tiptoe into it. We move toward it however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear. At the bottom we discover water, the healing water of bodhicitta. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.

 

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