Quotes of Pema Chodron

“ It's also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that's sitting right here right now... with its aches and it pleasures... is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ It’s a nice feeling to just be. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ If you’re invested in security and certainty, you are on the wrong planet. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ 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. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be — we will never relax with where we are or who we are. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ It’s helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Running away from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Trying to run away is never the answer to being fully human. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ The central question of a warrior’s training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Resistance to unwanted circumstances has the power to keep those circumstances alive and well for a very long time. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ If we can train ourselves through meditation to be more open and more accepting toward the wild arc of our experience, if we can lean into the difficulties of life and the ride of our minds, we can become more settled and relaxed amid whatever life brings us. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ “Be grateful to everyone” means that all situations teach you, and often it’s the tough ones that teach you best. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ When we are present and awake, emotions have a short lifespan, but when we’re unconscious, they can last for years. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ All ego really is, is our opinions, which we take to be solid, real, and the absolute truth about how things are. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ While we are sitting in meditation, we are simply exploring humanity and all of creation in the form of ourselves. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ We can become extremely wise and sensitive to all of humanity and the whole universe simply by knowing ourselves, just as we are. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens. ”

- Pema Chödrön

“ The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment. ”

- Pema Chödrön
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