PEMA CHÖDRÖN : The Wisdom of No Escape

“There's a common misunderstanding among humans that the best way to live is to try and avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds...A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we're committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we're going to run; we'll never know what is beyond that particular barrier or wall or fearful thing.”


This is an excerpt from the book “The Wisdom of No Escape : And the Path of Loving-Kindness” One of the many books that have helped me to accept my disability and move forward to living a full life. I feel that it is a “Must Read” for anyone working through challenging situations and looking for emotional intelligence in life.
I mentioned in other threads that I would like to start a topic on "Buddhism" , and discuss how meditation has helped in my post-SCI life ... Well this is it.

Please try to keep this thread positive, I strongly feel that a lot of helpfull advice can be shared through the discussion of "Buddhism".

Here are a few links for starters:

A collection of teachings by Pema Chödrön :
http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.ph...=28&Itemid=105

Another one of my favourite Buddhist teachers , Lama Yeshe , two e-books can be found here , "Becoming Your Own Therapist" and "Make Your Mind An Ocean"
http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks_ms.htm