When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Shambhala Publications, Jan 11, 2005 - Religion - 185 pages
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There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it—ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves movingtowardpainful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation. It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible. Included in the book are:

   •  Ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
   •  Methods of communicating that lead to openness and true intimacy with others
   •  Practices for reversing negative habitual patterns
   •  Techniques for working with chaotic situations
   •  Tools for cultivating compassionate, energetic social action
  

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Review: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

User Review  - Christina G - Goodreads

Don't worry, I'm not going through "difficult times" right now, but despite this book's title, it had a lot of good insight for not-falling-apart lives, too. I was less interested in some of her ... Read full review

Review: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

User Review  - Sondra Jones - Goodreads

In this book, Chodron calls us to "an unconditional relationship with reality". Here are two quotes that capture this book's essence for me. "When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given ... Read full review

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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan meditation master. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of several books including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You.

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