Posts Tagged ‘A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times’

The Gift

March 20, 2008

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

Pema Chodron, from her book, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

The Gift

March 9, 2008

“Our personal attempts to live humanely in this world are never wasted.”

Pema Chodron, from her book, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.

The Gift

March 6, 2008

“The intention to open the heart and mind is what’s essential. If we do good deeds with an attitude of superiority or outrage, we simply add more aggression to the planet. …When we practice generosity we become intimate with our grasping. When we practice the discipline of not causing harm we see our rigidity and self-righteousness. Our practice is to work with guidelines of compassionate conduct with the flexible mind…seeing things without “shoulds” or “should nots.” We aren’t drawing upon a code of conduct and condemning everyone who doesn’t comply. If we draw a line down the center of a room and tell those in it to put themselves in the category of “virtuous” or “nonvirtuous,” are we truly more liberated because we choose “virtuous”? More likely we’re just more arrogant and proud. Bodhisattvas are to be found among thieves and prostitutes and murderers.”

Pema Chodron, from her book: The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

The Gift

March 5, 2008

“We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder.”

From the Shambala Publications website description of her book: The Places That Scare You-A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times