Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

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Bantam Books, Nov 1, 2004 - Psychology - 333 pages
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For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much--just hearing of someone else’s 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.
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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. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students.

Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.


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Review: Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

It is a radical idea - compassion, love, and acceptance of yourself and others. In this book, Brach introduces the practice of mindfulness and how, with consistent practice, mindfulness can open us to ... Read full review

Review: Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

A solid entry for both the Buddhism and self-help/self-improvement shelves, though I found it slightly missing the mark for me on both. Then again, both spirituality and what's therapeutic can be ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist as well as a Buddhist lay priest and popular teacher of mindfulness (vipassana) meditation. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., and has conducted workshops at Spirit Rock Center, Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and other retreat centers nationwide. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her teenaged son.


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