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Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön



Pema Chödrön Quote: “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”

Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience, we just need help in learning how not to run away.”

Let difficulty transform you. And it will. In my experience, we just need help in learning how not to run away.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.”

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Feel the feelings and drop the story.”

Feel the feelings and drop the story.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and Infinite love is the only truth; everything else is an illusion.”

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience and Infinite love is the only truth; everything else is an illusion.

— Pema Chödrön


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

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

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we go.”

This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we go.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.”

Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.”

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity.”

To cultivate equanimity we practice catching ourselves when we feel attraction or aversion, before it hardens into grasping or negativity.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Difficult people are the greatest teachers.”

Difficult people are the greatest teachers.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.”

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


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The most complete and true happiness comes in moments when you feel right there, completely present, with no ideas about good and bad, right and wrong – just a sense of open heart and open mind.”

The most complete and true happiness comes in moments when you feel right there, completely present, with no ideas about good and bad, right and wrong – just a sense of open heart and open mind.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “We already have everything we need.”

We already have everything we need.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”

Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Since death is certain and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?”

Since death is certain and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.”

We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be just to keep moving.”

The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be just to keep moving.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Just where you are-that’s the place to start!”

Just where you are-that’s the place to start!

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Determination means to use every challenge you meet as an opportunity to open your heart and soften, determined to not withdraw.”

Determination means to use every challenge you meet as an opportunity to open your heart and soften, determined to not withdraw.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it.”

Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it by what you do.”

All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it by what you do.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back.”

Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The essence of generosity is letting go. Pain is always a sign that we are holding on to something – usually ourselves.”

The essence of generosity is letting go. Pain is always a sign that we are holding on to something – usually ourselves.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The idea of karma is that you continually get the teaching that you need to open your heart.”

The idea of karma is that you continually get the teaching that you need to open your heart.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.”

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

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.”

Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

— Pema Chödrön


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

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

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “What if rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, we accepted it and relaxed into it?”

What if rather than being disheartened by the ambiguity, the uncertainty of life, we accepted it and relaxed into it?

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted and shaky – that’s called liberation.”

This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted and shaky – that’s called liberation.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Fear is a natural reaction of moving closer to the truth. If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.”

Fear is a natural reaction of moving closer to the truth. If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Even if we run a hundred miles an hour to the other side of the continent, we find the very same problem awaiting us when we arrive.”

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Even if we run a hundred miles an hour to the other side of the continent, we find the very same problem awaiting us when we arrive.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you’re letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort.”

Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you’re letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have, so we night as well work with it rather than struggling against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.”

Welcome the present moment as if you had invited it. It is all we ever have, so we night as well work with it rather than struggling against it. We might as well make it our friend and teacher rather than our enemy.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear.”

Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The Process of becoming unstuck requires tremendous bravery, because basically we are completely changing our way of perceiving reality...”

The Process of becoming unstuck requires tremendous bravery, because basically we are completely changing our way of perceiving reality...

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart...”

If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart...

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “We have a choice. We can spend our whole life suffering because we can’t relax with how things really are, or we can relax and embrace the open-endedness of the human situation, which is fresh, unfixated, unbiased.”

We have a choice. We can spend our whole life suffering because we can’t relax with how things really are, or we can relax and embrace the open-endedness of the human situation, which is fresh, unfixated, unbiased.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “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.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others – what and whom we can work with, and how – becomes wider.”

As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others – what and whom we can work with, and how – becomes wider.

— Pema Chödrön


Pema Chödrön Quote: “The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.”

The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.

— Pema Chödrön

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