Depression and Demotivation

Depression and Demotivation

When Things fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Just a great book to read

Having a son was one of the best things that ever happened in my life. It turned my world upside down. It challenged me in so many ways, it brought me to my limits and past them so many times, and sometimes it let me fail with my ideals in such a painful way that for a while I really didn’t quite know who I was anymore.Pema Chödrön_when things fall apart cover_en

In one of the darkest moments of this process I stumbled over this book by Pema Chödrön, an American Buddhist: „When things fall apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times“.

I think it saved my life, or if we don’t want to be too dramatic :-), at least it helped me through a really rough patch. It helped me stop. It helped me calm down. It helped me reconnect with myself, and with the people I love. How did it do that? Because in a very credible way, Pema Chödrön made old Buddhist knowledge and practices accessible and tangible for my difficult life situation. Her book helped me stop fighting, breathe, and accept what is. And once that happened, my life force came back and helped me to move on and grow.

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The difference between pain and suffering

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Wouldn’t we all like to live a life free of pain? I am sure we would, but it’s just not possible. But does that mean we have to suffer? No.

Pain is an integral part of life, and it all depends how we live it.

What is pain anyway? Basically, it is a sensation in our body that we don’t like to experience. It can appear to be simply physical, such as headaches or a sore back. And pain can also derive from an emotional experience, such as the loss of a loved on or the feeling of isolation and loneliness. But all of these experiences have one thing in common: All we want is for them to end, or to avoid them. Leer más

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