From Meshel: When Things Fall Apart is a daunting title, I’ll give you that, but it is the book I recommend most often at my own book signings because it’s a story many women will relate to. Imagine your partner coming home one day and announcing, completely out of the blue, that your marriage is over. No discussion, no explanation, and you had no idea they were even slightly unhappy. That’s what happened to this woman, who’d wrapped herself up in keeping house, tending the garden and living her husband. Things fell apart and she had no choice but to rebuild them, all by herself. It’s incredibly inspiring and comforting, and you won’t believe where she ends up!
The official blurb: Pema Chodron reveals the vast potential for happiness, wisdom and courage even in the most painful circumstances. Pema teaches that there is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it – ironically, while we are caught up in attempt to escape pain and suffering.
This accessible guide to compassionate living shows us how we can use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage, ways of communication that lead to openness and true intimacy with others, practices for reversing our negative habitual patterns, methods for working with chaotic situations and ways to cultivate compassionate, energetic social action
Pema Chodron is a spiritual teacher for anyone – whether they have a spiritual path or not. Her heartfelt advice and wisdom (developed in her 20 years of practice as a Tibetan Buddhist nun as well as her years previously as a normal `housewife and mother’) give her a wide appeal. This advice strikes just the right note, offering us comfort and challenging us to live deeply and contribute to creating a more loving world.