02/07/2011 05:50 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pema Chodron: 'When Things Fall Apart'

Author Pema Chodron has been on my radar for a while, but you know how it is when life keeps moving and you mean to get to something.

Well, I got to Chodron this week, or perhaps more accurately, this wise American Buddhist nun got to me. I have read just three essays - a total of 17 pages - in her book When Things Fall Apart and already my perspective has widened on the personal, the political, the global. It is exquisitely written.

While its subtitle, "Heart Advice for Difficult Times," suggests a personal message, it is impossible while reading it not to think of what is happening in Egypt or apply its wisdom to almost any significant movement where people are pushing through what is troubling or oppressive.

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