Finding freedom in our most difficult circumstances.
What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out.
In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness. From this understanding, we learn how to free ourselves from our propensity to suffer through the transformative awareness of impermanence - the dynamic and ever-shifting nature of both joy and suffering, self and selflessness-and the absolute and eternal flow from which all of it arises.
What is causing my pain? What will happen if I simply lean in, keep company with it, hold it with tenderness? Moment by moment, Pema supports and encourages listeners to bring an openhearted sense of curiosity and welcoming to our apparently impossible situations or unbearable relationships - to discover the deeper freedom available just beneath the surface.
For those experiencing emotional crisis, When Pain Is the Doorway provides expert guidance to help us stop, stay present, and enter into a more welcoming, spacious place of being that is our true home.
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This topic is basically 'Charnal ground practice' which is interacting with/coming to terms with one's own interactions with and reaction to death. There is discussion on approaches to death and how that applies to our experience of life. It is clear that Pema is coming to terms with this subject, and this talk reflects that more than other talks which may be more concretized in regards to information. I still found it highly valuable and enjoyable.This topic is fairly short and a specific guided meditation is not included, however techniques for working with the topic are discussed, as well as experiences and approaches of people working with it. This is a lecture with some very good question and answers at the end. This is not a full retreat and so does not have the lengthy discussion with multiple meditation sessions during the lecture.I find Pema very approachable as a listener due to her humility and complete honesty. This allows me to listen to not only what she is teaching, but how she embodies walking her spiritual path.
It is in the sample recording I believe. Pema describes a hospice worker helping someone who is terrified to die, and what seems to work is telling the person to 'rest in the space' between breaths when this person is having severe difficulty breathing. She also describes her own and other's experiences working Charnal ground practice, and views of life working it -- as a way of working 'things are falling apart'.
I don't think a book would include her honest revelations 'I get panic attacks' that in some ways are so profound - she just accepts it like everything else. Those to me keep all the work and talks 'real'. I don't think that would make print in a polished book, yet it sets the ground for life's problems to be acceptable for anyone. I also find integrating this information easier listening to it versus reading it.
"Death is the paintbrush of Life"
It's a short topic (about 2 hrs). It doesn't give all the answers but does spend time there.
When someone asked her about depression, Pema suggested they try singing
and dancing. I found it very surprising as she is usually sensitive to people's
pain, not this time.
I have other books of hers that are useful, this one is not good. Her advice for the person whose friend is dying and is terrified was useless, too. Not at her best this day for sure.
Maybe Pema was very tired and needed a break, I know she must have to help
a lot of people in pain, and maybe she was burned out.
I hope she had a chance to take a vacation.
I'm a recovering librarian. Since I had a stroke in 2002 I have found reading print difficult. I am so grateful for audiobooks.
I had expected that this would be a talk primarily on physical pain. Instead it was on harboring bad feelings against a person.
Very short talk and very long question and answer period. The questions brought up other topics, such as fear of death, but did not touch on physical pain or illness.
reader & writer
As always; very uplifting to listen to Pema Chödrön, even (or maybe especially) when pain is the subject.
Great lectures, with practicality and helps you shift into a healthier cognitive paradigm. Highly recommended. Don't just listen once, repeat.
It was beyond my expectations and the narrator is super clear, I really love her tone of voice, great pronouncing and the best of the sense of humor ... She's amazing and has helped me big time with all the books I have purchased ... Much blessing to Pema & audible ...
Pema patiently works with us till we can truly grasp how a keen awareness of impermanence of all phenomena can take us from the pain of the moment into the depths of our silent eternal being.
"Interesting work let down by production quality."
The content is really interesting, however the recording of the second half is absolutely abysmal and I am surprised that Audible would charge for something of such poor quality.
I enjoyed this talk. The subject on hardship as a door opening for growth is useful and inspiring.
The only drawback was some parts of the recording quality aren't the best only because of microphone being moved, so a few spots muffled.
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