The Freedom to Choose Something Different
with Pema Chödrön
A free introduction to the online course


Tami Simon on the program . . .

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Ever feel triggered and stuck in a reactive tailspin despite all your efforts?

It is from this place — this hooked feeling — that we find ourselves responding in less than ideal ways. These are the moments when we may speak with venom, act out, or completely shut down when faced with challenging situations.

It is only later, when we’ve had the opportunity to calm down and reflect on our actions, that we wonder where we went wrong and how we could have chosen a more grounded response.

In The Freedom to Choose Something Different, Pema Chödrön examines and illuminates this nebulous process, clearly identifying where and when you have the opportunity to change your habitual response patterns. . . to choose something different. In this eight-part video course, Pema personally walks you through the landscape of these internal thunderstorms and guides you through the tools to cultivate inner freedom.

Benefits of this course

Achieve freedom from your habitual response patterns Transform your habits, addictions, and behaviors Discover the value of your imperfections in the process of spitirual growth Learn to access your innate wisdom and inner ground Develop tools essential to your transformation in times of duress Cultivate unconditioanl self-acceptance

What does it mean to be “hooked”?

Maybe it’s a comment from a friend about your new shirt or the dinner you just cooked. Maybe it’s a look, a glance from a stranger. But something about it sets you off. . .

  • Your jaw or stomach tightens
  • Irritation, frustration, or anger begins to arise out of nowhere
  • Time speeds up
  • Your mind begins to race
  • Thoughts about the offending action begin flooding your head — judgments, defenses, accusations...

Whatever you call it . . . You’re hooked.

Ani Pema Chödrön

Ani Pema Chödrön is a fully ordained bikshuni in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism. Born in New York City, she first studied with Lama Chime Rinpoche for several years and then with her root guru, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche from 1974 until his death in 1987. She served as the director of Karma Dzong until she moved in 1984 to Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey.

How do you choose something different?

  • Develop a subtle awareness for what it actually feels like to be “hooked”

  • Learn how to recognize the feeling when it first arises and “catch it” quicker

  • Interrupt the momentum of your habitual responses by slowing down your reactions

  • Establish alternative forms of responding that come from an expansive sense of self-worth, rather than a constricted place of self-protection

  • Get the support you need to reinforce this change and make it a new and active part of your life

Praise for Pema

  • Alice Walker

    As one of Pema Chödrön’s grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart.

    Alice Walker, author
  • Cher

    A genius . . .

    Cher, singer & actress
  • Jack Kornfield

    Pema is one of our most beloved and helpful teachers–practical, compassionate, and wise.

    Jack Kornfield, author
  • Gillian Anderson

    Pema offers tools . . . It gets you out of yourself and that’s been very helpful.

    Gillian Anderson, actress
  • Chödrön’s voice is gently humorous, always kind, and infinitely wise.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Helen Palmer

    Here’s a woman who embodies her message. She speaks from genuine connection to the source.

    Helen Palmer, actress
  • Waylon Lewis

    Everyone knows she’s sweet (that voice!) . . . This woman knows exactly who she is, and what is what.

    Waylon Lewis, founder, Elephant Journal
  • Down-to-earth guidance in cultivating basic sanity and befriending ourselves.

    Yoga Journal

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