• Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We live in difficult times. Life so often seems like a turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy our world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the comfortable - to our deep-seated habits and familiar ways? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more powerful experience of being fully alive. 

The teachings she presents here - known as the “Three Commitments” - provide a treasure trove of wisdom for learning to step right into the unknown, to completely and fearlessly embrace the groundlessness of being human. When we do, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live an openhearted life, but we find that we begin to naturally and more effectively reach out to help and heal all those around us.

©2012 Pema Chödrön (P)2020 Shambhala Publications

Critic Reviews

"Chödrön’s strength is her ability to communicate to a general audience that people are essentially good, that they can be free from fear, and that they can always try again when they fail." (Publishers Weekly)

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A Book for the Times

I loved the book and listening to it during June 2020, as we are amid a Pandemic and Protest. It helped me to until and practice letting things go and concentrate on myself.

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pure wisdom

such a succinct collection of Buddhist basics. a great place to start for a beginner and a wonder reminder of truths and practices that should be reviewed to keep in mind. beautiful

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Loved the book and will listen to it over and over but did not care for the narration. I would have greatly preferred a voiceover more similar to Pema’s voice. I associate comfort with Pema and this particular voice of the narrator was not at all a wise or comforting one.

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  • 08-28-20

Much needed awakening in today’s world

Deep and profound yet simple concepts discussed. A must read for an unsettled perturbed mind battling between stability and uncertainty, reality and hope, pain and pleasure and more importantly searching for the meaning of existence and purpose.

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I had never heard this method

I usually try to breathe in calm and clarity, but this describes the advantage of breathing in the heaviness of our situation and breathing out tranquility... really powerful!

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Amazing as always

Pema Chodron has this unbelievably accessible way of explaining how to use Buddhist practice to create a happier life. Here she explains that one thing we need to learn is to live knowing that anything can change at any moment. We can be prisoners of these fears or we can embrace the reality of our situation. And she does it all with a light hand, full of compassion and understanding.

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Important message for right now

The messages in this book are timeless and important for right now as we are still in the midst of the pandemic

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  • 02-09-22

The best book I've ever read/heard

It has changed my life, to drop the storyline, to accept life as it is, to keep opening the door a bit more ech time. Thank you Pema!

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  • 12-12-20

Pema Chodron is a gift to the world

incredibly beautiful book. Really enjoyed it. It has a great impact immediately. highly recommend it