Have you ever found yourself thinking your way into a tangle of fret, frustration, or gloom? And then something small - a few kind words, the sun glancing through the clouds, a warm cup of tea - gave you a welcome pause from all your inner chatter? With Making Friends with Your Mind, that's what Pema Chödrön helps us to do, not by chance but with our full intention: to stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe.
The Buddha saw that the human experience is full of drama: confusion and conviction, joy and sorrow, success and failure - and that our minds love to amplify all of it. "We decide somebody or something is a certain way," muses Pema Chödrön, "and then that judgment gets frozen and fixated, long after things change. And things always change, right?"
In these free-spirited sessions, Ani Pema helps you to bring awareness to those inflexible thoughts and sticking points. Through meditations, daily practices, and the kind of simple pointers that can change our lives, you'll learn that it is entirely possible to return to the flow and freedom of your experiences - and to find your way each day closer to a place of unconditional friendliness with yourself and with those in need.
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Absolutely Wonderful!! yet again Pema imparts realistic, practical advice with humour. I would recommend her books to anyone, what ever their path.
"I alway enjoy Pema Chodron"
joyful lessons from living with the pain. learning to embrace what it is. a good bath listen.
Pema Chodron gives wonderful, useful advice for living life well. Great combination of her talking and then taking questions.
"Calming. Full of warmth and wisdom."
Listening to Pema Chodron always gets me in a better frame of mind and gives me a sense of peace. This recording from a class she taught is wonderful. Presents Buddhist teachings and life lessons in an easygoing manner that calms me and nourishes my mind and soul. I'll listen to this again and again.
"Interesting but no science just her ideas"
No, I would not recommend this book to anyone. I know she is very well respected in her field but she lost me when a woman asked a question about her adolescent daughter and she made fun of her. She lost a good teaching moment. She did not listen to the question or hear the pain in the woman's voice but got the crowd laughing several times. I cannot learn from someone who would do that. I did finish the book. She had some good ideas but she is too touchy feely for me. She gives opinions and the audience accepts them as facts. Even she tells the audience not to do that. I guess as wonderful as she may be she is not for everyone and certainly not for me.
The only thing I found interesting were her ideas on how to we can help ourselves, by not being so self critical, but we may not be able to help others. She is ever hopeful, as am I, that by being kinder to yourself the people you want to help (i.e. family members) will be more open as you are kinder to others once you free your mind from unnecessary self-judgement
I did not feel she listened to all of the questions. She used one woman's pain to make the crowd laugh. It was in the first quarter of the book. She just lost me then. I had to really try to listen and gave up on several occasions.
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