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11 Pema Chödrön Quotes That Will Change Your Life

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11 Pema Chödrön Quotes That Will Change Your Life

Here are 11 quotes from some of Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’s books that will open your eyes about compassion, human suffering and how you can live your life to achieve happiness:

1. “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.”

2. “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

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3. “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.”

4. “As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion. ”

5. “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”

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

7. “Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.”

8. “It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.”

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9. “None of us is ever OK, but we all get through everything just fine.”

10. “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.”

11. “Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”

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Featured photo credit: Afbeelding van Pema Chödrön via uitgeverijtenhave.nl

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