Editor's note: This post was edited and republished on July 14, 2016.
A very happy 80th birthday to Pema Chödrön! A prolific author and inspirational teacher, Chödrön is also a bhikkhunī, a fully ordained female monastic in Buddhism. In fact, she was the first American woman to reach such a distinction.
A central theme of Chödrön's teachings is about freeing ourselves from the habit of shenpa, the attachment to negative, self-destructive thoughts. In honor of her birthday, we've compiled 12 of her quotes to get you through any shenpa today.