The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Quotes.

21. "Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us. The trick to doing this is to stay with emotional distress without tightening into aversion, to let fear soften us rather than harden into resistance."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

22. "Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

23. "A human being is a part of the whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. —ALBERT EINSTEIN"
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

24. "Transformation occurs only when we remember, breath by breath, year after year, to move toward our emotional distress without condemning or justifying our experience."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

25. "That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment. We don’t have to be mystics or physicists to know this. Yet at the level of personal experience, we resist this basic fact. It means that life isn’t always going to go our way. It means there’s loss as well as gain."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

26. "A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next. We can try to control the uncontrollable by looking for security and predictability, always hoping to be comfortable and safe. But the truth is that we can never avoid uncertainty. This not knowing is part of the adventure, and it’s also what makes us afraid."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

27. "This is a good time to remember that when we harden our heart against anyone, we hurt ourselves. The fear habit, the anger habit, the self-pity habit—all are strengthened and empowered when we continue to buy into them. The most compassionate thing we can do is to interrupt these habits. Instead of always pulling back and putting up walls, we can do something unpredictable and make a compassionate aspiration. We can visualize this difficult person’s face and say his name if it helps us. Then we say the words: May this person who irritates me be free of suffering and the roots of suffering. By doing this, we start to dissolve our fear."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

29. "Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

30. "We can begin anything we do—start our day, eat a meal, or walk into a meeting—with the intention to be open, flexible, and kind. Then we can proceed with an inquisitive attitude. As my teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, Live your life as an experiment."
- Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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