Summary of “When Things Fall Apart”

In When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, she draws on her own confrontation with personal crisis and on the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to offer gentle and incisive guidance to the enormity we stand to gain during those times when all seems to be lost.
Half a century after Albert Camus asserted that “There is no love of life without despair of life,” Chödrön reframes those moments of acute despair as opportunities for befriending life by befriending ourselves in the deepest sense.
Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape.
Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.
Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it.
Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves, is the path of the warrior.
We are giving up control altogether and letting concepts and ideals fall apart.
Complement the immensely grounding and elevating When Things Fall Apart with Camus on strength of character in times of trouble, Erich Fromm on what self-love really means, and Nietzsche on why a fulfilling life requires embracing rather than running from difficulty, then revisit Chödrön on the art of letting go.

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