Our Armor Pema Chodron Leave a Comment / Pema Chodron / By Michael Naylor The armor we erect around our soft hearts causes a lot of misery. But don’t be deceived, it’s very transparent. The more vivid it gets, the more clearly you see it, the more you realize that this shield—this cocoon—is just made up of thoughts that we churn out and regard as solid. The shield is not made out of iron. The armor is not made out of metal. In fact, it’s made out of passing memory.