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Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears Paperback – December 21, 2010
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"Somebody says a harsh word and something in you tightens: instantly you're hooked. That tightness quickly spirals into blaming the person or denigrating yourself. The chain reaction of speaking or acting or obsessing happens fast. Maybe if you have strong addictions, you go right for your addiction to cover over the uncomfortable feelings."
The focus of Taking the Leap is how we can learn to recognize when we are hooked, and how we can work with and transform the energy generated when this occurs. Instead of judging or battling within ourselves, we can learn to see each occurrence of shenpa as an opportunity - an opportunity for awakening. This process is about more than just our personal happiness, for shenpa is the source of bigotry and violence in our world. Ani Pema says:
"Each of us can be an active participant in creating a nonviolent future simply by how we work with shenpa when it arises. How individuals like you and I relate to being hooked, these days, has global implications."
The key to working with shenpa in a different way is to remain open and even curious about the energy that arises when we are 'hooked', instead of acting out or seeking to distract ourselves.Read more ›
On the other hand, if you like to keep things simple, this book might be just the thing.
I am a big fan of Pema and her teachings. I have had a couple of similar experiences she discusses in this book and undoubtedly that's made her someone I closely relate to. One being the death of her mother, for me it was the death of an Aunt. All these possessions we treasure .... will be just boxes of "stuff" to someone else one day. Similarly as Pema states, "all the labels, judgments, values, likes and dislikes we hold so tightly are - all much to do about nothing... and we suffer from it".
I highly recommend this book -
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I have enjoyed reading several of Pema Chodron's books. They have all been helpful. I also recommend her Udemy courses, particularly "The Freedom to Choose Something Different".Published 1 month ago by ecando4
i really liked this book. though i will say i enjoyed two of her other books better "The Places that Scare you" and "When Things Fall Apart".... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer M Lake
Pema Chodron always delivers a great read on how to free oneself from the past.Published 2 months ago by Liz Zimmer
Just like all of Pena's books, this one had so many poignant truths expressed without ego. So helpful and eye openingPublished 3 months ago by Aubrey Smith
Pema, as usual, inspires us to do the impossible, and makes it seem possible - turn from self-centered living, to truly compassionate living, freeing ourselves and others from... Read morePublished 3 months ago by L.D.