Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

Hardback Shambhala Library

By (author) Pema Chodron

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 8 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1590309812
  • ISBN 13: 9781590309810
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 196,444

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In this pithy, inspiring book, Pema Chodron presents the Buddhist concept of "shenpa," which can be translated as "getting stuck" or "getting hooked." "Shenpa "arises in that moment when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Perhaps someone criticizes your work, your appearance, or your child. Something within you tightens, shuts down. That's "shenpa." After we tighten, we instinctively start to blame ourselves or others. We might get angry and lash out at others in words or actions. Or we might reach for a cigarette, a drink, or some other addictive substance to numb our pain. Chodron shows us that our habitual reactions to life's difficulties keep us locked in cycles of suffering. In "Taking the Leap" she shows us a new way of responding to life's upsets: learning to stay present. Rather than habitually running from life's hurts, you can actually stop and open your heart, thereby discovering true courage and compassion. This book presents "the four R's" of working with "shenpa" recognizing, refraining, relaxing, and resolving. With her characteristic warmth and encouragement, Pema Chodron offers transformational teachings and practices that readers can immediately put to use in their daily lives.

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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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"This short guide provides valuable tools for change in uncertain times."--"Publishers Weekly"