We live in difficult times with uncertainty. Why shouldn't we cling to familiar patterns and habits if they provide us some degree of certainty? Because, as Pema Chodron teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being completely alive. The teachings presented in this course, known as the three commitments, which are based on the original teachings of the Buddha, provide a path to enter more fully into one's life through meditation exercises. The true purpose of meditation is to be present in one's life more fully, being present on the dot rather than being riveted according to one's hopes and fears. It is about being open to whatever arises in one's life. It is only by fully living in the present that one can truly live one's life. Each week during the class students will have the opportunity to introduce a new commitment in their life. Meditation practice between classes is highly encouraged.