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When Things Fall Apart

176 pages, 2016

spirituality & religion

spirituality & religion

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Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect.

In her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

Embrace Uncertainty

Pema Chödrön encourages us to embrace uncertainty and discomfort. Instead of running away from these feelings, she suggests we should lean into them. This is because they can teach us a lot about ourselves and help us grow.

The Power of Mindfulness

The book explores the concept of mindfulness. It's about being present in the moment and not getting lost in our thoughts. By practicing mindfulness, we can find peace in the midst of chaos.

Compassion is Key

Chödrön emphasizes the importance of compassion, both for ourselves and others. She believes that by being kind to ourselves, we can better handle life's challenges and also extend that kindness to others.

The Importance of Letting Go

When Things Fall Apart teaches us the importance of letting go. Holding onto pain, resentment, or fear only causes more suffering. By letting go, we can find freedom and peace.

Life is a Continuous Journey

The book reminds us that life is a continuous journey of learning and growth. Even when things fall apart, it's just a part of the journey. So, take a look at these challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

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Pema Chödrön's 'When Things Fall Apart' is a beacon of hope amidst chaos, a guide to navigate life's storms.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey - Media Executive, Actress

'When Things Fall Apart' by Pema Chödrön is a transformative read, a catalyst for personal growth and resilience.

Tim FerrissTim Ferriss - Entrepreneur, Author

Pema Chödrön's 'When Things Fall Apart' is a profound exploration of the human condition, a must-read for anyone seeking self-understanding.

Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert - Author, Speaker

'When Things Fall Apart' by Pema Chödrön is a powerful tool for personal transformation, a guide to embracing change and uncertainty.

Tony RobbinsTony Robbins - Motivational Speaker, Author

Pema Chödrön's 'When Things Fall Apart' is a masterclass in resilience and courage, a book that teaches us how to navigate life's challenges with grace.

Brene BrownBrene Brown - Researcher, Author
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