You can better face challenging times when you find a way to incorporate things such as a self-acceptance, reflection, and an appreciation for living in the moment. By learning about the things you fear, as well as embracing being alone, you can learn to deal with life in a better manner than before.
And when you practice compassion with others, you will find that you are able to better love yourself as well.
Accept where you are in life right now and remember that meditation is about more than just a breathing technique, it is a way to become more mindful of the self, while also incorporating a sense of stability and calmness into your life.
About the Author
Pema Chödrön is an American Tibetan Buddhist, ordained nun, the former acharya of Shambhala Buddhism and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She’s the author of several dozen books and audiobooks and a principal teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.
She was born in 1936 in New York City. She grew up on a New Jersey farm with her sister and brother. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in English literature. She also obtained a master’s in elementary education from the University of California, Berkeley.