Whenever I face challenges, obstacles, or difficulties in life, I return to one book, time and again: When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön.
Chödrön knows how to distill the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings for the Western mind and heart, making them universally applicable to everyone, whatever their background, faith, or absence of faith. She has a knack for drilling right to the core, putting her finger on exactly what we need to know to transcend unhappy and unhealthy patterns, once and for all.
2018 seems to be a repeat of what turned out to be a tumultuous 2017 for so many of us. I’m on my own emotional roller coast at the moment, which is why I turned once again to Chödrön’s book. To help us stay strong in hard times, I’ve gathered together a collection of potentially life-changing quotes from When Things Fall Apart.
These quotes aren’t just quick memes, at least not most of them. They ask you to look deeply both within and also without, at the true nature of reality not the dream you’ve conjured up.
Find the ones that resonate for you. Then take one—the one that speaks to you in that moment or for that particular day—and sit with it for a while. Soak it in. Let its truth permeate your being. This will help you to begin to live from greater clarity and a kinder heart, if only for a few moments at time at first.