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Los lugares que te asustan: Convertir el miedo en fortaleza en tiempos difíciles (El viaje interior)

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Las inevitables penalidades de la vida, nos recuerda la autora de este libro esclarecedor, pueden volvernos cada vez mas cobardes y amargados o, por el contrario, pueden ser un motivo de fortalecimiento interior ("Lo que no me aniquila, me hace mas fuerte," decia Nietzsche). Y estas ensenanzas sencillas y de directa aplicacion a la vida cotidiana nos suministran las herram ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Ediciones Oniro (first published 2001)
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Lindsay
Sep 13, 2008 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
As I was brushing my teeth this morning after finishing this book, this line came into my head:

When I find myself of times of trouble, Pema Chodron calls to me, speaking words of wisdom: Let it be...

Corny, huh? Totally true. I read When Things Fall Apart over a year ago when I was going through a really rough time, and when I hit a serious road block nearly two months ago, I picked this'n up. In similar fashion with my reading habits of late, I only just finished this wonderful morsel. I won't b
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Michelle
Jun 06, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was at B&N looking for some other book when I mistakenly picked up this one so I placed it back on the shelf and thought nothing of it. The next day I went back to B&N to purchase a different book and I accidently pick this same book up AGAIN. SO I placed it back on the shelf (the top shelf) and continued looking. Then out of nowhere the books from the top shelf fell on my head. When I looked at the pile they were all books by Pema Chodron. So, I began picking them up and when I looked ...more
Ron
Apr 21, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
In the current age of anxiety, Pema Chödrön is both a refreshing and challenging voice. Basically, she encourages us to see problems as spiritual opportunities. Instead of trying to run from discomfort, she advocates staying put and learning about ourselves. Instead of habitually reaching for whatever palliative gives relief -- always temporary -- she suggests feeling and observing our discomforts, becoming more fully present in our lives, learning how to be truly here now. Only through this pro ...more
Esra Bestel
Sep 12, 2013 Esra Bestel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The most important part of this book is the last one, being in between. That is the place where I find myself over and over again.
Here how Pema explains it;
"We are told about the pain of chasing after pleasure and futility of running from pain. We hear about the joy of awakening, of realizing our interconnectedness, of trusting the openness of our hearts and minds. But we are not told all that much about this state of being in-between, no longer able to get our old comfort from outside but not y
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Vicki
Sep 02, 2007 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ihaveacopy
took this book to read on my first jury duty summons... Didn't realize I was reading a "self-help" book until I was done. Uplifting and encouraging... like a little Yoda in my backpack.
Tim Niland
Jul 10, 2011 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
As someone who deals with anxiety disorder, I'm always on the lookout for authors who have fresh perspectives on how to quiet the mind and ease the life of fear, and shifts from euphoria to deep depression. Chodron is a Buddhist monk, and her teachings are grounded in that philosophy, but she's far from doctrinaire, and many of her teachings can be applied to regular everyday secular agnostic life. Her suggestions like living in the present moment and being able to return to a calm center are id ...more
BrokenTune
Mar 09, 2015 BrokenTune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5*

"We cling to a fixed idea of who we are and it cripples us. Nothing and no one is fixed. Whether the reality of change is a source of freedom for us or a source of horrific anxiety makes a significant difference. Do the days of our lives add up to further suffering or to increased capacity for joy? That’s an important question."

Not much to say about this one: Pema has a great way of explaining concepts relating to meditation, but I would not recommend this book to someone who is new to Budd
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Sarah Stephens
Jun 17, 2011 Sarah Stephens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Chodron book I have read, though I have always been drawn to her titles. For example, I have been generally uncomfortable with uncertainty, and thought "I should read that book".

What I love about this book is the way she describes the practices both for moving towards compassion for ourselves and others and finding a true connection with ourselves and the world around us by training in acceptance of what is. This book could be comforting or terrifying depending on one's perspe
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Will
Jan 26, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been leery of the self-help genre. I'm mistrustful of anyone who tells me how to think, feel, act. I've also seen people read self-help books like serial novels, always chasing some specter of an ideal self with the assumption that their current self is somehow inadequate or broken. These two perspectives have always repelled me from most anything self-help. Pema Chödrön's The Places That Scare You came in a time of personal need and it's been a medicine I've enjoyed taking for deal ...more
Cheryl
Feb 28, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.”

What are the places that scare you?.

For me, I had preconceived notions of places I was scared to go to, but want to go to, and need to visit now and again in order to be balanced and at peace. Mainly, with the recent death of my mom, I know am afraid to visit the biggest parts of the grief but know I have to and in a big way, because I am the type of person that must look deeply
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Peter Landau
Jun 16, 2014 Peter Landau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate self-help books almost as much as I hate sentences that begin with I. It’s the writing, which is uniformly poor, at least I think so. Bad writing is hand-holding writing. I’m not a dog in a collar being taken for a walk on a leash. But maybe I should be.

My wife gave me THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU: A GUIDE TO FEARLESSNESS IN DIFFICULT TIMES by Pema Chödrön as a Father’s Day gift. I read it right away, snapping the neck of my routine reading schedule to hang by its own anxiety until dead.

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Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
I really needed this book. I checked this out before the election because we read the first four chapters of the class and I wanted to read the rest. However, when the election hit, I wasn't expecting the results. Hate won and the place that scared me is now a reality. Basically, I needed this to calm my brain down and find a way to make sense of things.

I'm very familiar with Buddhism. My mom is very well practiced in teachings, especially ones to do with love. She taught me my whole life to be
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I got this from interlibrary loan after really enjoying When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. I would say I have the same struggles with this one - feeling rather overwhelmed by much of the Buddhist lingo that permeates the text, lacking any context of it other than the explanations provided in the book.

But there are some parts I really liked. Chapter 4, "Learning to Stay," discusses living with discomfort, whether that is physical, emotional, etc. I just kept thinking of a
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anaïs
Oct 18, 2015 anaïs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really beautiful book that makes ideas about Buddhism and meditation and the like very accessible. There are a thousand quotable lines and I've scribbled most of them down in my notebook, wanting to remember them by pressing a pen down to form the letters. A great read for someone going through a tough time but also just a generally great read for anyone? Because we've all been through tough times at some point? Unless you're a robot. But that's besides the point and I'm using humour to cover ...more
Robert
Aug 24, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While at first glance this book might seem to be aimed towards those who have a problem with phobias, that isn't the case. The places that scare us aren't necessarily actual things, but are, in fact, found in ourselves. It seems that what we fear the most these days is something that simply can't be avoided- a loss of security and stability. We cling to things that make us feel stable, from not traveling to creating strict routines to eating pizza when we're depressed, even though we really can' ...more
Renee
Jan 07, 2009 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have only started this short book but I am already blown away. It was recommended to me years ago, but just now picked it up when I saw it at the library. The thing about Buddhist texts is that I often find myself reading something and thinking, "wow, I have missed that point all these years!" I don't know if I have missed them, or if I just forget and then come back to them or if I just wasnt ready to hear them the first 5 times, but no matter there are some potent thoughts in this little boo ...more
Autumn
I've been reading this for a while (5 months!) and really can't get into it, although I love the author and her ideas definitely resonate with me. I keep reading a few chapters, putting it down for a few weeks, picking it up again and finding myself lost, having to start all over. I think this is a book that you come back to and read when the mood strikes, not a read all the way through book for me. Definitely good, but not right for me at this time. I might try it again years from now...

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pri
Sep 25, 2012 pri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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"Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?"

"Thus we become less and less able to reside with even the most fleeting uneasiness or discomfort. We become habituated to reaching for something to ease the edginess of the moment. What begins as a slight shift of energy - a minor tightening of our stomach, a vague, indefinable feeling that something bad is about to happen - escalates into addiction. This is our way of trying to make life predict
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Mark
Feb 16, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did I mention how much I love Pema, how as someone who, drifting through life, I found her books and felt like I had finally met someone who understood me? Just when I needed help her books appeared. That's how it is with the teachings. Also, when you read her books and Chogyam Trungpa's books, they seem to say different things at different times in your life.
Kathryn
Mar 05, 2017 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, 2017
This is a book that needs time to ponder, percolate, and wonder. Sometimes it gets rather thick and then I needed to reread. Pema Chödrön guides you to think about yourself and what scares you and she also has you go outside of yourself and think of people you care for and people you don't care for and those you do not know. I'm glad I bought this book because it is full of highlights that I will refer back to for a long time to come.
Soulmuser
Pema Chodron's wisdom shines through every page of this marvelous book. I have been turning to her profound words to help me during difficult times. A wonderful book.
Myridian
So I've read When Things Fall Apart an liked it relatively well and I'd say that I probably enjoyed The Places That Scare You even more, but some how Chodron just doesn't do it for me the way Thich Nhat Hanh does. I think part of the problem is that her recommendations come across a little more as religion rather than spirituality to me. What I mean by that is that there's a palpable sense of doctrine. For instance in this book Chodron offers a set of sayings that are included in an appendix and ...more
Jaymi
Jan 01, 2009 Jaymi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
This book, a gift from my friend Taylor, surprised me a bit. Its about balancing your inner self through a series of compassionate exercises. The book talks about buddhicitta, a way of awakening yourself by walking a middle path. It shows you how to sit with yourself and accept all the things that make you an individual-- the good and the bad. Just sitting around is something I don't do often and I know I need to face up to what I am rather than just being a human doing. I know I've picked up so ...more
Vicky
May 05, 2009 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book on Tibetan Buddhism, with lots of practical affirmations and insights into how to meet the difficult times in our everyday life how to build courage to face our fears. This is a good book to have at home and re-read it many times.
Joy Banzon
Mar 03, 2016 Joy Banzon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that clearly explains some basic concepts in Buddhism. A reference to return to again and again with clear, pertinent examples of how to find love, compassion, joy, and equinimity even in the most difficult times in our lives.
J.D.
After getting this book years ago, trying to read it, and finding it too glib, I put it away. Years later, I opened myself up and gave it another try. Honestly, I didn't find much difference between my impression then and my impression now.

Firstly, let me say that for a remarkably uneventful life, this might actually be an effective self-help book. Yet...I can't imagine someone with a remarkably uneventful life would actually need a self-help book. I say this because, when you're a veteran who'
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Vilken svår bok. Den måste jag nog läsa på om begreppen hon pratar om och läsa den igen och se om den träffar mig mer...
Breck
Feb 03, 2016 Breck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book isn't as scary as it sounds :) I've enjoyed everything I've read by Pema Chodron and this one happened to be at the used book store.

While I haven't had to deal with nearly what some people go through, I do experience my own worries and anxieties, which sometimes last longer than they should. Here Pema reiterates her advice to learn to constructively work through what we are feeling and face our own fears and anxieties head on -- which of course is never easy, this path isn'
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Barbara
Oct 20, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pema Chodron has a way of bringing ambiguous Buddhist teachings to life in a way that one can really see how they can be immediately applied to one's day to day life. In 'The Places That Scare You' Pema provides some great tools to deal with uncertainty.

As I was reading, I could instantly apply many of the teachings directly to difficulties I'm facing in my own life, from uncertainty at work, uncertainty in my personal life, chronic and constantly evolving medical issues that I struggle to deal
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Marshall
If you're looking for a short book with basics on Buddhist teachings for how to cope with afflictive emotions like fear and anger, this book is fine. That's really all I wanted, some reminders of what can be easy to forget. It feels like a list of Buddhist platitudes. Nothing new or interesting here.

My gripe about this book is the same one I often have about Buddhism in general. It feels like they "throw out the baby with the bathwater." In this book, Pema talks a lot about "fearlessness." That
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Ani Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, closely associated with the Kagyu school and the Shambhala lineage.

She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three g
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