Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears

Chödrön, Pema

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Taking the Leap
In this pithy, inspiring book, Pema Chödrön presents the Buddhist concept of shenpa , which can be translated as "getting stuck" or "getting hooked." Shenpa arises in that moment when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Perhaps someone criticizes your work, your appearance, or your child. Something within you tightens, shuts down. That's shenpa . After we tighten, we instinctively start to blame ourselves or others. We might get angry and lash out at others in words or actions. Or we might reach for a cigarette, a drink, or some other addictive substance to numb our pain. Chödrön shows us that our habitual reactions to life's difficulties keep us locked in cycles of suffering. In Taking the Leap she shows us a new way of responding to life's upsets: learning to stay present. Rather than habitually running from life's hurts, you can actually stop and open your heart, thereby discovering true courage and compassion. This book presents "the four R's" of working with shenpa : recognizing, refraining, relaxing, and resolving. With her characteristic warmth and encouragement, Pema Chödrön offers transformational teachings and practices that readers can immediately put to use in their daily lives.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Shambhala ; Enfield : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Random House, 2012, c2009.
ISBN: 9781590309810
Characteristics: vii, 109 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Boucher, Sandy


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Mar 25, 2012
  • mjcuaycong rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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