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 pithy, inspiring book, Pema Ch dr n presents the Buddhist concept of shenpa which can be translated as getting stucko or getting hookedo and shows us how we can liberate ourselves from it. Shenpa is that irritating sensation that arises in moments when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Perhaps someone criticizes your work, your appearance, or your child. Something within you tightens, shuts down. That's shenpa. After we tighten, we instinctively start to blame ourselves or others. We might get angry and lash out in words or actions. Or we might reach for a cigarette, a drink, or some other addictive substance to numb our pain. Ch dr n shows us the way out of these habitual reactions that keep us locked in cycles of suffering. In Taking the Leap she introduces a new way of responding to moments of shenpa: learning to stay present. Rather than running from life's hurts, you can actually stop and open your heart, and therein discover courage and compassion. This book presents the four R'so of working with shenpa: recognizing it, refraining from acting out against ourselves or others, relaxing with the underlying feelings, and resolving to make this our way of life. With her characteristic warmth and encouragement, Pema Ch dr n offers transformational teachings and practices that readers can immediately put to use in their daily lives.

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Review: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

User Review  - Eshaneh - Goodreads

If you feel like you are dealing with huge life challenges, this book could help you shift your frame of mind, such that you are more aware of how we humans tend to run to comforts and a sense of ... Read full review

Review: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

User Review  - Leah Wescott - Goodreads

I've always wanted to learn more about Zen, but it was more of an academic interest than a practical pursuit. I knew myself well enough to know I had zero interest in meditation. Quieting my mind ... Read full review


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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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