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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, and makes for a perfect 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. Here, 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 before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

©2017 Pema Chödrön (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Not the right narrator

I listened to Pema for the first time on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I was so intrigued by her and her story. I immediately related to her struggles through her relationships and decided to get her book. Her tone is so warm and sincere. That is originally part of what drew me in. When selecting reads that I am connected to on a spiritual and personal level, I’m hoping the voice reading back to me is easily relatable. I didn’t feel this was the right narrator for this story. Her voice didn’t connect with me.

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my great gratitude

Im grateful and thankful to Pema, this is a book to help me relate to great teaching of buddha.
sadhu sadhu sadhu..

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amazing read.

this book is a great tool to change your perception pf any situation, master your mood and be kinder to others. Really refreshing and non judgemental or full of BS.

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Heavy must

I would not recommend it in the start of a crisis because it’s hardcore and very true to the Buddha’s teaching. For a crisis I recommend “True refuge” by Tara Brach. This book is perfect when you have gotten a little less crushed.

I was thirteen when this book came out, due to reduced vision I prayed for an audio edition. I pre-ordered. and in some periods I listened to one essay. The last week I have used this as a retreat.

Everyone should listen in, you might need to listen over and over but it will soften your soul because it is the way of the Dharma in any form. Cassandra Campbell has the perfect velvet-voice for this classic.

Om mani padme hung(hung in Pali, hum in Sanskrit.)

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A little heavy on Buddhist doctrine

Overall good advice, but too much Buddhist doctrine & terminology. Some timeless advice, but I wouldn’t listen again as I would need to weed through the jargon.

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Relatable

I had some learning from this book. It is that pain is never something we can get done with, if there is love there will be pain. however, holding onto hope only worsens both.

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wonderful book

wonderful book as usual from Pema Chodron. simple and touching
great reading performance. I highly recommend

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Easy guidance!

This book was not complicated, but kept very simple but deeply profound. I will definitely keep coming back to this book. There are so many beautiful lessons. I 100% recommend this book. Enjoy the ride.

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Life changing for me.

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for the last 10 years, on and off. This book changed my life for the better, my anxiety is at its lowest and my depression is gone, all thanks to the concepts in this book that are so eloquently presented and easy to practice.

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K. Handy

Excellent book that will help you to grow spiritually and with practice help you to experience Christ nature and Bhutta nature. Highly recommend to all seeking to grow. No gimmicks here. The entire book is a blessing.