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.
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.
109 pages. Paperback.