SHELF AWARE BOOK REVIEW
Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World by Pema Chödrön From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.
In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship.
Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.
From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.
A wonderful and wise little book which is the perfect addition to her others, Pema Chodron has again written a simple but not easy book that’s the perfect balm for a hurting heart. Her writing is so wise and deep that it’s one of those books you can read over and over again and be amazed when you discover new insights on each read.
This book would be wonderful to review and discuss with others, maybe in a like-minded community of mindfulness practitioners. Earlier books by Pema are much denser: I’m enjoying her recent trend of pithy yet profound books that still can touch my heart.
Definitely going to pick up a few copies for my meditating friends!
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