We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.
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Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change 2012-10-19 22:46:17 Diane Holcomb
Impermanence and change and the anxiety they create are all part of the human experience. As Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi said, “Life is like stepping into a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.” How do we learn to relax into the uncertainty of life, release our fear-based clinging, and surrender to whatever happens? Buddhist nun and inspiring author Pema Chodron presents a Tibetan Buddhist tradition known as the Three Commitments as a method to embrace instability and free ourselves from the fear of groundlessness. She offers short practices to work with our thoughts and emotions, open our hearts and minds, let go of our “fixed identity,” release judgments, and accept the world as it is. Adapted from a collection of talks, this book is a compassionate guide to living beautifully and happily on shaky ground.