When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (20th Anniversary Edition) (Paperback)
Sarah's March 2022 pick, 3 of 3
There are books for escape, books that serve to soothe your spirits, books for edification, and then there are books that know hardship and will sit with you in it, patiently, holding space. This is that book. Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist Nun, has a gift for imparting hard-won wisdom with humanity, humor, simplicity, and quiet insight. This is a book that I have turned to frequently during some of the hardest periods in my life and found solace, comfort, and words that resonate with lived experience. This is one to have on your shelf no matter your walk and particularly during times when things seem to be falling apart.— From Sarah
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. 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.
About the Author
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully.
“Perhaps what makes Pema’s message resonate so strongly with people, no matter what their religion or spiritual path, is its universality. Each of us has experienced heartache; how we interact with that feeling, Pema says, can create the possibility of a more joyful life.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
“As one of Pema Chödrön’s grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart.”—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and activist
“If you’re facing a challenging time in life, this is the book you want. It shows how to develop loving-kindness toward yourself and then cultivate a fearlessly compassionate attitude toward your own pain and that of others.”—Lion’s Roar