It is clear to me why Taking the Leap, Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön is on most reading lists regarding self-analysis and inner peace. In her book Pema gives some easy to learn and easy to utilize techniques to deal with our habitual anger and fears even as she outlines the many benefits both for ourself and for others that come from such mindful exercises.
This is a short read that left me with a lot of hope. As I wrote in my original What I’m Reading Now review, I have been working on my mindfulness for years now but it was not until I opened Taking the Leap that I was given the information on how to utilize my self-awareness. That alone makes this book a worthy read.
Pema also teaches about compassion for ourselves and how this in turn can lead to compassion and care for others. I found her writing to be compelling and to ring true. How many of us spend our time hating who we see in the mirror and judging our own actions harshly and without forgiveness. If we turn our internal judgement into compassion then it cannot help but turn our external judgement into compassion.
That last bit was all me. Pema does a much better job explaining her theories which is as it should be; I am a baby boy on this journey into caring for the world and myself, Pema is sage.