Catching Ourselves

These words of wisdom from Pema Chodron appeared in the Tricycle Daily Dharma two days ago and I want to share them with you.

Pema is one of the best known and respected teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the Shambhala tradition of . She is the abbess and beloved teacher of Gampo Abbey, a monastery on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Tricycle Daily Dharma September 20, 2013

Catching Ourselves

Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves, is the path of the warrior. We catch ourselves one zillion times as once again, whether we like it or not, we harden into resentment, bitterness, righteous indignation—harden in any way, even into a sense of relief, a sense of inspiration.

– Pema Chödrön, “Stay with Your Broken Heart”

Getting Unstuck with Pema Chodron

Pema’s books include Awakening CompassionBodhisattva Mind, Comfortable with Uncertainty, Don’t Bite the Hook, From Fear to Fearlessness, Getting Unstuck, Good Medicine, Pure Meditation, The Places that Scare You, and When Things Fall Apart. Some of these are purely audiobooks and they are recordings of live retreats that she led.

How do you catch yourself from hardening into resentment, bitterness, righteous indignation, or in any other manner? Please share.

Try These Books
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Library) Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

I listen to both of these books on tape (which I now have transferred to my iPhone) over and over again. They are truly exceptional.

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