Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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If you buy this makeup, you’ll be beautiful and then you’ll be happy.

If you subscribe to this weight loss program, you’ll look fabulous and then you’ll find the true key to contentment.

If you purchase yourself a new car (again), you’ll find joy unlike any other.

Our culture tries to sell us a million ways to be happy. Yet contentment remains elusive. Pema Chodron says she knows why—until we get to the heart of who we are as individuals, everything else feels superficial.

Rather than trying to “fix” our lives with food, clothes, purchases, and more, Chodron encourages readers to embrace life’s difficulties and meditate in order to find true joy, well-being, and confidence. Start Where You Are explores fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims and encourages readers to work them into their daily meditation practice. No worries if you’re not a meditator—the book teaches you how to do this as well.

Chodron’s advice is sound. My favorite was: “The slogan ‘Be Grateful to Everyone’ is about making peace with aspects of ourselves that we have rejected. Through doing that, we also make peace with the people we dislike.” Each chapter is an in-depth discussion related to a specific theme and is thoroughly thought-provoking.

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Author Pema Chodron
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Shambhala
Publish Date 2018-11-06
ISBN 9781611805970 Buy this Book
Issue Mar-19
Category Spirituality & Inspiration


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