Taking the Leap

Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears

Book - 2009
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In this book Pema Ch#65533;dr#65533;n shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa , she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to "hook" us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better.

The key is learning a new way of facing the inevitable difficulties and insecurities of our daily lives: we must learn how to stay present and open our hearts. "This path entails uncovering three basic human qualities," explains Pema. "These qualities have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and almost forgotten. They are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. Everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others."

This book gives us the insights and practices we can immediately put to use in our lives to awaken these essential qualities. In her friendly and encouraging style, Pema Ch#65533;dr#65533;n helps us to take a bold leap toward a new way of living--one that will bring about positive transformation for ourselves and for our troubled world.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Shambhala, 2009.
ISBN: 9781590306345
Characteristics: 111 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Boucher, Sandy - Editor


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TechLibrarian Aug 08, 2018

This was one of those library books that just jumps off the shelves and demands to go home with you--I noticed it because it looked new (though it's actually published in 2010) and because I really like Pema Chodron. Her work has value for everyone, and I think especially for leaders who can try to bring mindfulness into the workplace. It's a relatively short and easy to digest book, and would be accessible even for folks who don't have much tolerance for talk about spirituality or self improvement.

LPL_DirectorBrad Aug 21, 2015

This is a must read for all human beings. The subtitle says it all. This short book is a concise, practical guide to a better understanding of ourselves and those that surround us. I was truly inspired by this book.

Mar 25, 2012

Thoughtful and concise book. After reading the library copy, I immediately decided to buy this book so I can periodically read it and "recharge" myself with some pragmatic wisdom.

Excellent insight on how we can relieve our own self-created suffering and thereby, also make a positive influence in the world. In straightforward fashion, Pema Chödrön shows how we get hooked on certain stories in our lives and how we can start to separate ourselves from them. The author shares her own personal experiences and missteps, even one of the Dalai Lama's. This brings both humor and support - "If even THEY falter, then we aren't doing so badly..." Highly recommended...

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