Start where you are
Author: Pema Chodron
Many wonder how to deal with the wounds that life has inflicted on them and at the same time look for a way to alleviate the suffering of others. But they don't know how. They feel helpless. Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist nun and author of many classical texts of spirituality, teaches that this sense of powerlessness arises from a false perception. You don't need anything, you don't have to do some kind of feat to become "enlightened". You already have everything you need for a better life. You just have to start where you are. Do you feel angry and depressed? Do you struggle to accept yourself? Starting where you are helps you cultivate courage and awaken the compassion within you. Pema Chödrön guides you step by step to become friends with yourself, to learn to feel genuine compassion for your most fragile and human aspects. He does so with the simplicity and depth typical of his teachings, with the help of meditation and 59 traditional maxims of Tibetan Buddhism. “Start Where You Are” shows how we can all develop the courage to connect with our inner suffering and find joy, well-being and self-esteem.