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When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
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Sep 01, 12

Recommended to Lena by: Paul Ivanov
Read from August 24 to September 01, 2012

I fly past the Buddhist terms and utter adoration of mentor Rinpoche (just like the Sanskrit words and meditative times in yoga). I will never be a Buddhist or even come close, but this book helps in many ways. The title is too severe and something I didn't feel comfortable carrying around with me (partner put a cover on it). It's not necessarily for extremely difficult times, though it could be, it's a good book to read and learn about the small jabs and prods of life that make it impossible to mentally continue. I think I've been coming to a place in life that this book describes: everything changes (impermanence), life can never be always happy and joyous, and striving for happiness is an unattainable goal, enjoy or simply notice and have compassion for everything that is happening to and around you, even the pain and depression and ugliness of life.
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