Pema Chodron Quotes

Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it's about befriending who we are.
“Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it's about befriending who we are.”
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.
“Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions.”
A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next.
“A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next.”
Don't worry about achieving. Don't worry about perfection. Just be there each moment as best you can.
“Don't worry about achieving. Don't worry about perfection. Just be there each moment as best you can.”
We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us.
“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us.”
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”
Without giving up hope ? that there's something better to be, that that's someone better to be ? we will never relax with where we are or who we are.
“Without giving up hope ? that there's something better to be, that that's someone better to be ? we will never relax with where we are or who we are.”
It's a nice feeling to just be.
“It's a nice feeling to just be.”
Be kinder to yourself and then let your kindness flood the world.
“Be kinder to yourself and then let your kindness flood the world.”
The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.
“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man's-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man's-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.”
The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal.
“The ego seeks to divide and separate. Spirit seeks to unify and heal.”
All ego really is, is our opinions, which we take to be solid, real, and the absolute truth about how things are.
“All ego really is, is our opinions, which we take to be solid, real, and the absolute truth about how things are.”
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.
“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”
It's not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.
“It's not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.”
Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean.
“Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean.”
You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather
“You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather”
The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.
“The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.”
I have discovered, just as my teachers always told me, that we already have what we need. The wisdom, the strength, the confidence, the awakened heart and mind are always accessible, here, now, always.
“I have discovered, just as my teachers always told me, that we already have what we need. The wisdom, the strength, the confidence, the awakened heart and mind are always accessible, here, now, always.”
The central question of a warrior's training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort.
“The central question of a warrior's training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort.”
Running away from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life.
“Running away from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life.”
Trying to run away is never the answer to being fully human.
“Trying to run away is never the answer to being fully human.”
Looking deeper, we could say that the real cause of suffering is not being able to tolerate uncertainty—and thinking that it's perfectly sane, perfectly normal, to deny the fundamental groundlessness of being human.
“Looking deeper, we could say that the real cause of suffering is not being able to tolerate uncertainty—and thinking that it's perfectly sane, perfectly normal, to deny the fundamental groundlessness of being human.”
Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic - this is the spiritual path.
“Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic - this is the spiritual path.”