This nice segment of Pema Chödrön from Sounds True's Producer Pick. Being able to approach life - whether it's our pain, wounds, or hopes - with a curious and even playful perspective is one of the surest ways to find more happiness.
Pema Chödrön - Coming Closer to Ourselves - Making Everything the Path of Awakening
The magic of Pema Chödrön—and what makes her such an exceptional teacher—is how she can take a subject that could be heady or conceptual and teach it in a way that makes it sink directly into the heart of her listener. Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute says that this selection from Pema’s audio program Coming Closer to Ourselves is a perfect example. Here Pema talks about Tibetan Buddhism’s five skandhas—the mental and physical characteristics that create and sustain the ego—and offers a simple lesson. If we start by being playfully curious, she teaches, we can find the gaps in our own preconceptions and thoughts—and by following that thread of curiosity, we can let go of our attachments and discover who we truly are.
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