Awaken the full capacity to love, the true purpose of our lives. Pema Chodron invites you to start wherever you are, amid any and all of the challenges, frustrations, or fears you may be facing, and to use them as the starting place to awaken the natural and boundless capacity to give and receive love more fully. She teaches how to love and connect with others more deeply and open your heart. This practice-centred programme, recorded at Gampo Abbey, will teach you how to apply the insights of Buddhism's Four Limitless Ones (or Four Immeasurables) - loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity - to even your most difficult obstacles. These obstacles to the open heart can actually be your most valuable allies.
Pema Chodron brings her unique blend of kitchen-table common sense, scholarship, and empathy to help you discover the eternal resilience and joy of your own tender, undefended, and genuine heart. Whether you are in the midst of a challenging relationship, grief, or simply in need of heart-centered rejuvenation, Awakening Love provides you with the gentle step-by-step instructions needed to awaken and grow the natural goodness within you.
Includes: The Four Qualities or Limitless Ones (Four Immeasurables), the roots of suffering and expanding the capacity to love; Seeing where we are blocked and bringing loving kindness to our biases and fears; Aspiration practice, "not faking it", unblocking the flow of love; Changing our attitude toward pain, working with anger, compassionate abiding, tonglen, and "making friends with the hard stuff"; Meditations and practices for recieving unconditional love, resting in natural awareness, cultivating gratitude and sympathetic joy, opening to the world, and more.