The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in by Pema Chödrön

By Pema Chödrön

We constantly have a decision, Pema Chödrön teaches: we will be able to enable the situations of our lives harden us and make us more and more green with envy and afraid, or we will be able to allow them to melt us and make us kinder. the following Pema presents the instruments to accommodate the issues and problems that existence throws our approach. This knowledge is often to be had to us, she teaches, yet we often block it with routine styles rooted in worry.

Beyond that worry lies a kingdom of openheartedness and tenderness. This publication teaches us the right way to wake up our simple goodness and fix with others, to simply accept ourselves and others whole with faults and imperfections, and to stick within the current second by means of seeing throughout the techniques of ego that reason us to withstand lifestyles because it is.

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Attending to our present-moment mind and body is a way of being tender toward self, toward other, and toward the world. This quality of attention is inherent in our ability to love. Coming back to the present moment takes some effort, but the effort is very light. ” We touch thoughts by acknowledging them as thinking and then we let them go. It’s a way of relaxing our struggle, like touching a bubble with a feather. It’s a nonaggressive approach to being here. Sometimes we find that we like our thoughts so much that we don’t want to let them go.

Denigrating ourselves is probably the major way that we cover over bodhichitta. Does not trying to change mean we have to remain angry and addicted until the day we die? This is a reasonable question. Trying to change ourselves doesn’t work in the long run because we’re resisting our own energy. Self-improvement can have temporary results, but lasting transformation occurs only when we honor ourselves as the source of wisdom and compassion. We are, as the eighth-century Buddhist master Shantideva pointed out, very much like a blind person who finds a jewel buried in a heap of garbage.

There is nothing wrong, nothing harmful about that underlying energy. Our practice is to stay with it, to experience it, to leave it as it is. There are certain advanced techniques in which you intentionally churn up emotions by thinking of people or situations that make you angry or lustful or afraid. ” What we do with meditation practice is simpler than that, but I consider it equally daring. When emotional distress arises uninvited, we let the story line go and abide with the energy. This is a felt experience, not a verbal commentary on what is happening.

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