Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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Shambhala Publications, 2009 - Religion - 111 pages
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In this book Pema Chödrön shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa, she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to “hook” us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better.

The key is learning a new way of facing the inevitable difficulties and insecurities of our daily lives: we must learn how to stay present and open our hearts. “This path entails uncovering three basic human qualities,” explains Pema. “These qualities have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and almost forgotten. They are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. Everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others."

This book gives us the insights and practices we can immediately put to use in our lives to awaken these essential qualities. In her friendly and encouraging style, Pema Chödrön helps us to take a bold leap toward a new way of living—one that will bring about positive transformation for ourselves and for our troubled world.

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User Review  - mavaddat - LibraryThing

Important and practical reflections on mindfulness, but excess ruminants of "spirituality" for my taste. Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

I want to own all of Pema Chodron's books because each one is beautifully and simply written and reveal the truth of our lives and fears and how to reach the next level of enlightenment. Read full review


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Learning to Stay
The Habit of Escape
The Natural Movement of Life
Getting Unstuck
We Have What We Need
Rejoicing in Things as They Are
Uncovering Natural Openness
Taking This into the World
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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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