"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.
Awakening the Love That Heals Fear
and Shame WIthin Us
by Tara Brach
This 333 page how-to is a real must for those struggling with fear and shame. I have totally enjoyed the wonderful awareness that has stayed with me since reading this book. I was kinda nervous at first to even look deeply at this subject, and I just knew that if there was any judgement I was gonna die, but to my pleasant surprise there was love, compassion and many helpful meditations and suggestions that helped me to pinpoint and understand my discomfort and transcend it.
I also enjoyed the stories and quotes throughout this spirit based book that targeted the other reason I was scared to look at this pain inside me. I was scared that I was the only one, that no one had ever gone through this stuff, and I was so grateful for the honesty and straightforward examples that I could relate with and realize I wasn't alone, my relief was instant. I would recommend this precious book to anyone who is struggling with shame and fear and who wants to move on to a happier and brighter tomorrow. Thanks Tara, I sorely needed this.
Love & Light,