Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



The Places That Scare You

A Guide To Fearlessness in Difficult Times

By: Pema Chodron

Pages 28-29


“We suffer when we resist the noble and irrefutable truth of impermanence and death.

First, we expect that what is always changing should be graspable and predictable.

Second, we proceed as if we were separate from everything else, as if we were a fixed identity, when our true situation is egoless.

Third, we look for happiness in all the wrong places.”



Hermit Poet’s Comments:

Life moves along and unfortunately things go wrong. I like to say that our state of mind (positive or negative) is all about how we take the hits. Falling down and being able to get back up, even though not at the same level of happiness as before, takes a strong mind.



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