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The Places that Scare You by Pema Chodron

The Places that Scare You

A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

by Pema Chodron

Title Details

Abridged Edition
Running Time
4 Hrs. 30 Min.


We always have a choice, Pema Chodron teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Chodron's previous works provided the inspiration and guidance to confront the problems and difficulties that life throws our way. Here she provides the specific tools to deal with them - to cultivate the awakened, compassionate ability to open our hearts and minds to our own suffering and that of others. This wisdom is always available to us, Pema teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness. In The Places that Scare You, Chodron shows us how to:

  • Move toward what makes us feel insecure, uncertain and fearful, as a way to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others.
  • Cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
  • Accept ourselves and others, complete with faults and imperfections.
  • Stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is.
  • Use "on-the-spot" practices to tap into natural reservoirs of humor, flexibility, courage, and wisdom.
  • Establish a relationship with a spiritual teacher.

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