108 teachings on cultivating fearlessness and compassion

i had a few minutes before my yoga practice on friday and that never happens. i am always just making it so this was something a little new. i got to my studio, changed, grabbed some water and wandered over to the glorious book section. when i saw this book my first instinct was to not pick it up, because the title seemed unnerving. i always have a slight aversion to Buddhist philosophy and now I think I understand why. Buddhists are badasses. They dont mess around and they dont sugar coat anything and I didnt really want to hear about non attachment and suffering, but I think I just didnt understand the concepts at all. I hunkered down in some pillows and started reading this book and before the class began I had already bought it. Here I am Sunday morning and I just finished it. This book has 108 short teachings to help you understand yourself and your own mind especially when your in situations that you didn't expect. And also that those situations are the ones that you learn from in life the most. I really couldn't put the book down till Id read all of them. Its an amazingly insightful book written by an American nun named Pema Chodron. I had heard of her work before, she has a book called When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advise for Troubled Times, and I didn't want to read that either. Im sure these aversions had a lot to do with the whole, I don't wanna face my problems thing, or Im really young and stupid thing, but now I'm ready to face life more head-on-ingly( you like that right?) and embrace awareness. I cant say more about this book except its amazing and Im adding an excerpt that I really liked. Its number 65.

Growing Up
Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important. When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isnt just ourselves that we are discovering. Were discovering the universe. When we discover the Buddha that we are, we discover that everything and everyone is Buddha. We discover that everything is awake and everyone is awake. Everything and everyone is precious and whole and good. When we perceive thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that's how we perceive the universe.
This opening to the world begins to benefit ourselves and others simultaneously. The more we relate with others the more quickly we discover where we're blocked. Seeing this is helpful, but it's also painful. Sometimes we use it as ammunition against ourselves: We aren't kind, We aren't honest, we aren't brave, and we might as well give up right now. But when we apply the instruction to be soft and non judgemental to whatever we see at this very moment, the embarrassing reflection in the mirror becomes our friend. We soften further and lighten up more, because we know that it is the only way to continue to work with others and be of any benefit in the world. This is the beginning of growing up.