The pretty teal and yellow volume of Pema Chödrön most recent book, Practicing Peace, is a perfect little bedside table book. It is slim enough to not take up much space, but it is filled with the kind of wisdom that often comes in the smallest and most charming of packages. It is an accessible guide to your own quiet contemplation or personal meditation practice at the start or end of each day, and its size makes it portable for those days when you just need to find your center in the midst of the rush.
Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun, has written several books on self-acceptance, peace, and healing. This book touches on all these concepts and more. I was particularly moved by the chapter titled “Changing Our Attitude toward Pain.” In it, Chödrön advocates for accepting the negative feelings that we inevitably experience—loss, sadness, disappointment, pain—not as signs we are failures but as proof, we are capable of peace. Her argument is that accepting all pieces of who we are, and of the human experience, can draw us closer to the happiness and peace we desire. It is a radical notion, and may be easier to contemplate than to practice, but it is worthy trying.
Which is why, ultimately, the book is so worth reading. Whether you are a faithful Buddhist or not, there is something for everyone in Pema Chödrön’s Practicing Peace.
|Page Count||104 pages|
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|Category||Spirituality & Inspiration|