Friday, April 20, 2012

Books: The pocket Pema Chodron

The Pocket Pema ChodronThe Pocket Pema Chodron by Pema Chödrön

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun who writes and gives seminars on self-improvement that are refreshingly free of any doctrine or agenda. Her real idea is for people to look within themselves with mindfulness and open themselves up to their own basic nature, because as she sees it, people can never truly care for others if they do not care for themselves. This short book has excerpts from her other works, offing something akin to a "greatest hits" album with short pithy passages of a page or two on a number of subjects ranging from anger to fear, mindfulness and anxiety. This book would be quite helpful to people who are experiencing depression as the short pages are Taylor made for those with attention span symptoms, and non-doctrinaire messages that can be used by anyone.

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