- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Random House Canada; Reprint edition (Nov. 23 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553380990
- ISBN-13: 978-0553380996
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Radical Acceptance Paperback – Nov 23 2004
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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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ny of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesnt take much--just hearing of someone elses accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
--from Radical Acceptance
Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering, says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. B
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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.
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