Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

by Pema Chodron

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From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.

In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship.

Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834842618
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 54,970
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and one of the foremost students of Chögyam Trungpa, the renowned meditation master. She is the author of The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, and The Places That Scare You, and she is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners.

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Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Sandraabrazier 3 months ago
Pema Chodron’s new book, Welcoming the Unwelcome, is excellent. It took me a little to get into it, but, as I read, I recognized how valuable it is. In this book, she deals with how to benefit from unpleasantness. She teaches us how valuable things that we consider to be negative experiences are. She explains how we can use “unwelcomed” experiences in order to grow in compassion and strength and lessen our fear of death and misfortune. She also explains that situations are not bad or good in and of themselves. It is how we judge and label them that makes them so. At the end of the book, she concludes with some very helpful meditations. I highly recommend this book. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I received a ARC of"" Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World" by Pema Chodron from Net Galley and Shambhala Publications. Thank you for the opportunity. .My review opinion is my own . Review cross posted across review platforms. This is the perfect book for our broken hearts and over stressed minds. It is a comforting, heartwarming soft guidance on how to survive stress and unwelcome events in our life in a positive more open fashion that serves us better then being in a state of stressed out and upset as most people are. I loved that author includes her own reflections on her experiences. This is a book I highly recommend if your seeking self help to heal from events in your life or the overwhelming stress of every day life. I found reflecting on the author's suggestions very helpful I will certainly add this book to my self help library and refer to it often.. This is a favorite author of mine . She is a gift to us and her words are meaningful and will change your life for the better. Reading this book left me in a more positive mind space, uplifted and hopeful about handling stress and being more compassionate to myself in the future. I highly recommend this book .
ShanHutch 5 months ago
This is a short little book broken up into tiny chapters that scratch the surface on a variety of issues. It's obviously a book meant more for beginners than for an expert looking for in-depth information on any specific topic, but some of the exercises weren't beginner-level. Though filled with a few useful nuggets, I found the practical suggestions too abstract to be strictly useful. Maybe some of these suggestions were meant to be more theoretical than a step-by-step guide, but I found many of the instructions difficult to follow. I felt like the author would write something like "I'm going to show you how to let go of things. Here's what you do: you simply allow yourself to let go of things. Poof. There, don't you feel better?" And I would be left with so many questions, namely: if I were able to just let go of things by simply willing myself to do so, do you really think I would need this book? That is not a practical guide, at least not for this beginner. The best parts of the book are those in which the author illustrates an anecdote from her past or a story about a friend. These relatable instances made a lot more sense to me than some of the more flowery, gooey stuff that seems to be present in every self-help type of book. The exercises at the back were a bit easier to handle for me and made a lot more sense than some of the stuff interspersed in the chapters. All in all, I'd recommend the book for someone who is not a total beginner but who perhaps isn't totally foreign to meditation. I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.