Comfortable with Uncertainty Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Comfortable with Uncertainty


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-03-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611805956

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Comfortable with Uncertainty Excerpt :

108 practical teachings for cultivating mindfulness and compassion in the face of fear and uncertainty, from the author of When Things Fall Apart Comfortable with Uncertainty offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. More than a collection of thoughts for the day, it offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path. Readers do not need to have prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making Comfortable with Uncertainty a perfect introduction to Pema Chödrön's teaching. It features the most essential and stirring passages from Chödrön's previous books, exploring topics such as lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions. Through the course of this book, readers will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

Comfortable with Uncertainty Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Comfortable with Uncertainty


  • Author : Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2002
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 1570629722

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Comfortable with Uncertainty Excerpt :

A collection of short, inspirational readings--designed to cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily life--leads readers through the essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.

Living Beautifully Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Living Beautifully


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2012-10-09
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9780834828131

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Living Beautifully Excerpt :

Best-selling author and spiritual teacher Pema Chödrön shares life-changing practices for living with wisdom, confidence, and integrity amidst confusing situations and uncertain times. We live in difficult times. Life so often seems like a turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy our world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the comfortable—to our deep-seated habits and familiar ways? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more powerful experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a treasure trove of wisdom for learning to step right into the unknown, to completely and fearlessly embrace the groundlessness of being human. When we do, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live an openhearted life, but we find that we begin to naturally and more effectively reach out to help and heal all those around us.

Nonsense Book
Score: 4
From 26 Ratings

Nonsense


  • Author : Jamie Holmes
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2015-10-13
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385348386

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Nonsense Excerpt :

An illuminating look at the surprising upside of ambiguity—and how, properly harnessed, it can inspire learning, creativity, even empathy Life today feels more overwhelming and chaotic than ever. Whether it’s a confounding work problem or a faltering relationship or an unclear medical diagnosis, we face constant uncertainty. And we’re continually bombarded with information, much of it contradictory. Managing ambiguity—in our jobs, our relationships, and daily lives—is quickly becoming an essential skill. Yet most of us don’t know where to begin. As Jamie Holmes shows in Nonsense, being confused is unpleasant, so we tend to shutter our minds as we grasp for meaning and stability, especially in stressful circumstances. We’re hard-wired to resolve contradictions quickly and extinguish anomalies. This can be useful, of course. When a tiger is chasing you, you can’t be indecisive. But as Nonsense reveals, our need for closure has its own dangers. It makes us stick to our first answer, which is not always the best, and it makes us search for meaning in the wrong places. When we latch onto fast and easy truths, we lose a vital opportunity to learn something new, solve a hard problem, or see the world from another perspective. In other words, confusion—that uncomfortable mental place—has a hidden upside. We just need to know how to use it. This lively and original book points the way. Over the last few years, new insights from social psychology and cognitive science have deepened our understanding of the role of ambiguity in our lives and Holmes brings this research together for the first time, showing how we can use uncertainty to our advantage. Filled with illuminating stories—from spy games and doomsday cults to Absolut Vodka’s ad campaign and the creation of Mad Libs—Nonsense promises to transform the way we conduct business, educate our children, and make decisions. In an increasingly unpredictable, complex world, it turns out that what matter

Welcoming the Unwelcome Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Welcoming the Unwelcome


  • Author : Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2020-10-13
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611808681

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Welcoming the Unwelcome Excerpt :

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.

Taking the Leap Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Taking the Leap


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 111
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590308431

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Taking the Leap Excerpt :

Discusses the Buddhist concept of shenpa in order to describe how to become free from the destructive energy experienced during moments of conflict.

No Time to Lose Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

No Time to Lose


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2007-08-14
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 0834821109

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No Time to Lose Excerpt :

Over the years, Pema Chödrön's books have offered readers an exciting new way of living: developing fearlessness, generosity, and compassion in all aspects of their lives. In this new book, she invites readers to venture further along the path of the "bodhisattva warrior," explaining in depth how we can awaken the softness of our hearts and develop true confidence amid the challenges of daily living. In No Time to Lose Chödrön reveals the traditional Buddhist teachings that guide her own life: those of The Way of the Bodhisattva ( Bodhicharyavatara), a text written by the eighth-century sage Shantideva. This treasured Buddhist work is remarkably relevant for our times, describing the steps we can take to cultivate courage, caring, and joy—the key to healing ourselves and our troubled world. Chödrön offers us a highly practical and engaging commentary on this essential text, explaining how its profound teachings can be applied to our daily lives. Full of illuminating stories and practical exercises, this fresh and accessible guide shows us that the path of the bodhisattva is open to each and every one of us. Pema Chödrön urges us to embark on this transformative path today, writing, "There is no time to lose—but not to worry, we can do it."

Uncertainty Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Uncertainty


  • Author : Jonathan Fields
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-09-29
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101544532

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Uncertainty Excerpt :

Jonathan Fields knows the risks-and potential power-of uncertainty. He gave up a six-figure income as a lawyer to make $12 an hour as a personal trainer. Then, married with a 3-month old baby, he signed a lease to launch a yoga center in the heart of New York City. . . the day before 9/11. But he survived, and along the way he developed a fresh approach to transforming uncertainty, risk of loss, and exposure to judgment into catalysts for innovation, creation, and achievement. Properly understood and harnessed, fear and uncertainty can become fuel for creative genius rather than sources of pain, anxiety, and suffering. In business, art, and life, creating on a world-class level demands bold action and leaps of faith in the face of great uncertainty. But that uncertainty can lead to fear, anxiety, paralysis, and destruction. It can gut creativity and stifle innovation. It can keep you from taking the risks necessary to do great work and craft a deeply-rewarding life. And it can bring companies that rely on innovation grinding to a halt. That is, unless you know how to use it to your advantage. Fields draws on leading-edge technology, cognitive-science and ancient awareness-focusing techniques in a fresh, practical, non-dogmatic way. His approach enables creativity and productivity on an entirely different level and can turn the once-tortuous journey into a more enjoyable quest. Fields will reveal how to: Make changes to your workflow that unlock buried creative potential. Build "creation hives" -- supportive groups that can supercharge and humanize the process. Tap social technology and user co-creation to add clarity, certainty, and sanity, even if you're an artist or solo-creator. Develop a set of personal practices and mindset shifts that let you not just tolerate, but invite and even amplify, uncertainty as a catalyst for genius. Drawing on extensive case studies and research, Fields shares a set of detailed personal practices and environmental changes that can n

The Places That Scare You Book

The Places That Scare You


  • Author : Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-08-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611805963

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The Places That Scare You Excerpt :

Beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön offers guidance for coping with the difficult moments in our lives—showing us how they can soften our hearts and open us to greater kindness We always have a choice in how we react to the circumstances of our lives. We can let them harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and allow our inherent human kindness to shine through. In The Places That Scare You, Pema Chödrön provides essential tools for dealing with the many difficulties that life throws our way, teaching us how to awaken our basic human goodness and connect deeply with others—to accept ourselves and everything around us complete with faults and imperfections. Drawing from the core teachings of Buddhism, she shows the strength that comes from staying in touch with what’s happening in our lives right now and helps us unmask the ways in which our egos cause us to resist life as it is. If we go to the places that scare us, Pema suggests, we just might find the boundless life we’ve always dreamed of.

Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty for Teens Book

Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty for Teens


  • Author : Juliana Negreiros
  • Publisher : Instant Help Books
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 1684039371

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Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty for Teens Excerpt :

"Two psychologists help teens improve their awareness about how uncertainty can trigger feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, and self-doubt, and provide 10 skill-based tips from CBT and ACT to encourage teens to take smart risks, stop avoiding, and be more flexible as they develop a tolerance of uncertainty and learn to take valued actions toward creating positive change in their lives and the larger world"--

The Wisdom of No Escape Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Wisdom of No Escape


  • Author : Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2018-07-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781611806052

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The Wisdom of No Escape Excerpt :

The “down-to-earth, unsentimental, [and] high-humored” Pema Chödrön classic on learning to face our lives just as they are (Los Angeles Times) It's true, as they say, that we can only love others when we first love ourselves—and we can only experience real joy when we stop running from pain. The key to understanding these truisms is simple but not easy: we must learn to open ourselves up to life in all its manifestations. Here, spiritual teacher and When Things Fall Apart author Pema Chödrön presents a uniquely practical approach to doing just that, showing us the true value in having “no escape” from the ups and downs of life. Drawing from her own experiences with marriage, divorce, motherhood, and more, Pema reveals that when we embrace the happiness and heartache, the inspiration and confusion—all the twists and turns that are part of natural life—we can begin to discover a true wellspring of courageous love that’s been within our hearts all along. As she writes in chapter four: “Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.”

The Uncertain Art Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Uncertain Art


  • Author : Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2008-05-20
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588367235

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The Uncertain Art Excerpt :

“Life is short, and the Art so long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious; and judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and the externals, cooperate.” –attributed to Hippocrates, c. 400 B.C.E. The award-winning author of How We Die and The Art of Aging, venerated physician Sherwin B. Nuland has now written his most thoughtful and engaging book. The Uncertain Art is a superb collection of essays about the vital mix of expertise, intuition, sound judgment, and pure chance that plays a part in a doctor’s practice and life. Drawing from history, the recent past, and his own life, Nuland weaves a tapestry of compelling stories in which doctors have had to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. Topics include the primitive (and sometimes illegal) procedures doctors once practiced with good intentions, such as grave robbing and prescribing cocaine as an anesthetic (which resulted in a physician becoming America’s first cocaine addict); the curious “cures” for irregularity touted by people from the ancient Egyptians to the cereal titan John Harvey Kellogg and bodybuilder Charles Atlas; and healers grappling with today’s complex moral and ethical quandaries, from cloning to gene therapy to the adoption of Eastern practices like acupuncture. Nuland also recounts his most dramatic experiences in a forty-year medical career: the time he was called out of the audience of a Broadway play to help a man having a heart attack (when no other doctor there would respond), and how he formed a profound friendship with an unforgettable–and doomed–heart patient. Behind these inspiring accounts always lie the mysteries of the human body and human nature, the manner in which the ill can will themselves back to health and the odd and essential interactions between a body’s own healing mechanisms and a doctor’s prescriptions. Riveting and wise, amusing and heartrend

Awakening Loving Kindness Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Awakening Loving Kindness


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 1996-11-05
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0834821192

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Awakening Loving Kindness Excerpt :

Based on talks given during a one-month meditation retreat at Gampo Abbey, this book contains teachings that were intended to inspire and encourage practitioners to remain wholeheartedly awake to everything that occurs and to use the abundant material of daily life as their primary teacher and guide. The message for the retreat participants—and for the reader as well—is to be with oneself without embarrassment or harshness. This is instruction on how to love oneself and one's world. This Shambhala Pocket Classic is an abridged version of The Wisdom of No Escape.

Practicing Peace in Times of War Book
Score: 4.5
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Practicing Peace in Times of War


  • Author : Pema Chodron
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2007-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 105
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590305003

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Practicing Peace in Times of War Excerpt :

"War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals," declares Pema Chodron in her inspiring and accessible new book, which draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression and war.

How to Meditate Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

How to Meditate


  • Author : Pema Chödrön
  • Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
  • Release Date : 2016-01-18
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN 10 : 9788184958058

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How to Meditate Excerpt :

More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness • Gentleness, patience and humor – three ingredients for a well-balanced practice • Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises • Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”– instead of obstacles-in meditation Here is a indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over. Ani Pema Chödrön is an American-born Tibetian Buddhist nun and best selling author. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.