I’ve been reading her book When Things Fall Apart over the past few days, and was wanting to write a little about some of the things I’ve read which have struck me. Maybe you will find it helpful.
First, in the chapter about hopelessness and death, she talks about how hope and fear are a pair, connected opposites which in Tibetan are described by a single word. I thought it was interesting because hope and fear are both things we place in the future, projections of what we think may happen, and so are a function of the imagination.
Pema says that hopelessness is where you arrive at once you give up hope, a state more akin to equanimity than despair.
I’ll post some more stuff when I get deeper into the book.