Start Where You Are A Guide To Compassionate Living [FREE PDF]

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Start Where You Are A Guide To Compassionate Living
This is a handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart, from bestselling author Pema Chodron. With insight and humour, she presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others.

  • Originally published: 1994
  • Author: Pema Chödrön
  • Genre: Self-help book


What other reader says about Start Where You Are A Guide To Compassionate Living

Howard says:

A delightful, thought-provoking book that requires a second, slower and more contemplative read.

My initial thoughts are that this book could be summed appropriately with the philosophy "Don't sweat the small stuff. And don't sweat the big stuff either. In fact, don't sweat at all."

Equally though, it also counsels not to get overly ecstatic or confident when things go your way.

The key seems to be not to let hurdles, obstacles or setbacks get you too down for too long. Equally, to not let successes think you cannot fail. Be calm and mild, either way.

So, wherever you are, at any time, start from there, taking a middle path of not too much fear or sadness as well as not too much confidence and elation. After all, all feelings and situations are temporary.

I'm glad I read it and look forward to having time to read it again slowly and contemplatively.




Zig says:

After the death of my most important loved one, I contemplated life and living without him in it...It was a dark path down a frightening road; not even a flicker of light met me on the road ahead.

 A friend lent me this book and I read it cover to cover in one sitting...and, amazingly I realized that someone understood me and my pain. I bought myself a copy and dragged it with me everywhere I went it was for me as my blanky had been as a child. I read it over and over until it fell apart. I have since bought at least 6 more copies of this book, intending to keep them. And yet, somehow, I always found myself giving it away to someone I cared about.

The day I bought my Kindle Fire, I downloaded it and still always have it with me...and I am not giving this copy away. :) I do, however, still find myself buying this book for friends... I now read it when I am feeling content, scared, happy, or sad-it seems to speak to me regardless of my mood. When I say this book saved my life- I mean it. Surviving a loved one's suicide is the most intense grief I have ever, and will ever, experience - but this book kept my pain at bay and my loved ones from experiencing the pain of my not possibly being here. 

Whenever I felt the darkness creeping in, and the hope disappearing, I reached for this book and in all senses of the word-

THIS BOOK SAVED MY LIFE AND TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE in a brighter, happier, and purposeful life!

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