Pema Chödrön

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Pema Chödrön is a Buddhist, teacher, author and mother. A friend recently told me about her and her work. She has such a grounded and interesting approach to life. Have found many of her quotes inspiring and even soothing.

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“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
― Pema Chödrön

“Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear? ”
― Pema Chödrön

“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”
― Pema Chödrön

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”
― Pema ChödrönThe Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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From Wikipedia:

A central theme of Pema Chödrön’s teachings is the Tibetan word shenpa,[10] or how we get hooked.

Somebody says a mean word to you and then something in you tightens — that’s the shenpa. Then it starts to spiral into low self-esteem, or blaming them, or anger at them, denigrating yourself. And maybe if you have strong addictions, you just go right for your addiction to cover over the bad feeling that arose when that person said that mean word to you. This is a mean word that gets you, hooks you. Another mean word may not affect you but we’re talking about where it touches that sore place — that’s a shenpa. Someone criticizes you — they criticize your work, they criticize your appearance, they criticize your child — and, shenpa: almost co-arising.
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Website: http://pemachodron.org/

Quotes: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/8052.Pema_Ch_dr_n

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