Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

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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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About Tara Brach

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TARA BRACH, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist as well as a popular teacher of meditation. She is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, D.C., and has conducted workshops across the country. She has a son and she lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her husband.

Author Residence: Great Falls, VA

Author Hometown: Orange, NJ
Published November 23, 2004 by Bantam. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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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."

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Another of Brach's practices makes a great deal of sense and is very accessible to anyone: "Sometimes the easiest way to appreciate ourselves is by looking through the eyes of someone who loves us.

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