Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha Hardcover – Jun 10 2003
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A psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher in the tradition of Jack Kornfield (who contributes a foreword), first-time author Brach offers readers a rich compendium of stories and techniques designed to help people awaken from what she calls "the trance of unworthiness." The sense of self-hatred and fearful isolation that afflicts so many people in the West can be transformed with the steady application of a loving attention infused with the insights of the Buddhist tradition, according to Brach. Interweaving stories from her own life as a hardworking single mother with many wonderful anecdotes culled from her therapy practice and her work as a leader of meditation retreats, Brach offers myriad examples of how our pain can become a doorway to love and liberation. An older Catholic woman in one of Brach's weekend workshops, for example, recounts how she learned to ask God to help hold her pain. Like her colleagues Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and others in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition, Brach is open-minded about where she gathers inspiration. Garnishing her gentle advice and guided meditation with beautiful bits of poetry and well-loved if familiar dharma stories, Brach describes what it can mean to open to the reality of other people, to live in love, to belong to the world. Obviously the fruit of the author's own long and honest search, this is a consoling and practical guide that can help people find a light within themselves.
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"Radical Acceptance offers gentle wisdom and tender healing, a most excellent medicine for our unworthiness and longing. Breathe, soften, and let these compassionate teachings bless your heart."
— Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
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Certain things affect how we see ourselves, especially in childhood. We see ourselves through the eyes of our parents, caregivers, guardians, friends, leaders, teachers. We want to impress. Some of us lead ourselves to the extreme of perfectionism. Perfection is unattainable. Perfection is a recipe for self-loathing.
I found this book life-changing. It forced me to self-examine my perfectionism and unworthiness, to really take a hard look at the ways I tried to manipulate my performance in the outside world to conform to peoples' expectations, and how that brought me suffering at the expense of the curation of my own valuable soul. I won't say it solved all of my problems, but it definitely helped me strike at the heart of them. The real hard work is still left up to you, but she shines a bright white light on the blackness of the space between the lovingkindness with which a person could treat themselves and the way we actually treat ourselves. She makes it first okay to treat yourself with this lovingkindness, and that in itself is transformative.
I will recommend this book to anyone who's very deeply hard on themselves, especially those who were raised in a highly critical environment that was not at all kind.
Finally and for me most importantly, this is a book about pain and how saying yes instead of saying no to our pain is the true path to freedom. Ms. Brach's approach is not to act out your pain, but to become fully aware of it.
This book should be every therapist's required reading.
That, in essence, is what /Radical Acceptance/ is about, but it goes above and beyond the seemingly brief gloss-over treatment traditional western Buddhist books give this subject. Tara Brach has crafted an amazing book that opens your eyes to just how much suffering we tend to bring upon ourselves. Despite the very serious nature of what this book deals with, it is a delight to read. With each turn of the page, you begin to see more and more clearly. It's like having a compassionate, age-old friend guide you down the road of your own emotions and thoughts.
If you take the time to truly digest what /Radical Acceptance/ is all about, I can guarantee it will change you forever. My brief description here cannot do it justice by any measure - just as the storytelling and strategizing of the mind cannot do justice to the vibrant reality of the world. You might think a book about suffering and self-delusion would be depressing, but it is entirely the opposite. It's like suddenly being able to see with clarity after being caught up in a dense fog for so long. And that, I believe, is the highest praise you can give any book.
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This book answered quite a few of my questions about myself. The "unworthyness" that is referred to I connected with. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thought provoking book with captivating ideas throughout. I have gifted and suggested this book to many.Published 7 months ago by T.R
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