When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. "What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped?" begins Pema. "We say 'I'm a failure.'" But what if failing wasn't just "okay"... but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being?
Here, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on facing the unknown - in ourselves and in the world - and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For listeners of all faiths who are at a life crossroads, this brilliant gem of kindness and clarity is sure to earn its place in our kitchens, offices, and backpacks, ready to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts. Includes an in-depth interview with Pema Chödrön and Tami Simon.
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As I listened to this piece I was driving to & from physical therapy for a high ankle sprain I suffered just before Christmas. This was my second Christmas without my dearly beloved husband of 45 years, who died of lung cancer on April 23rd, 2014. On January 7th, my employer of 15 years phoned to say that my position was being eliminated effective next Monday. I am now a 70 year old soon to be unemployed exercise specialist and Pilates teacher. Listening to Pema Chdron's excellent commencement address buoyed me up and prepared me to catch the next wave. Thank you so much for this humorous and inspiring listen.
Pens has an amazing way of sharing lessons. This was a great listen...however at times the lack of pop filter for the interviewer made the whistling S's actually painful to my ears.
15 min in I feared this was going to be some hippy-duppy new-age yatt, but there were a lot of points here with potential to reinforce ideas I've fostered, or forgotten about, which are positive for my own personal development
I was not overly familiar with Pema's work before this, but I found her engaging and wise at the same time. an enjoyable and helpful listen.
Pema Chodron offers a unique ability to provide wisdom and honesty in a way that is both supportive and challenging. If you have struggled with feeling like you were a failure she inspires you to go deeper into your own limited sense of yourself.
I first encountered Pema Chödrön in her book "When Things Fall Apart" and have revisited her books for a number of years. This book is a little gem ... a quite different commencement speech followed by an interview. She offers practical and compassionate guidance through open expression of her own challenges, and her firm belief in the core goodness in us all.
A lot to chew on about why we struggle and how to productively care for ourselves when we fail. I appreciate how honest she is sharing her personal failures.
"More heartfelt words from Pema"
This is composed of two parts. Part One is a speech that Pema gave to a graduation ceremony at a University in the US. Part Two is an interview with Tami Simon. Both are interesting, discussing the theme of failing, and failing better.
Of the two parts I found the interview much more insightful. The first part is enjoyable to listen to, Pema is always insightful, compassionate and funny. But the second part gave a real insight in to her own life experiences, the path she has taken, and her life in relation to the theme. I thought the questions were kindly and carefully presented and presented real opportunity for teaching.
Short but recommended.
"Not what I thought it would be"
It was not very profound or core shaking, just a conversation. I didn't feel it was meaningful for me. May be it could be the right one for someone else. Just not for me!
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