Radical Acceptance teaches us how to quiet the voice of criticism, shame and blame in our lives. It is a book about knowing yourself and feeling what you feel. As we shed these layers of self-judgment, we also begin to confront the anxiety and fear that creates them. Though each section is short, Tara Brach’s teachings are potent reminders of our inner resources. Her words have helped many people rediscover their true essence, reconnect with their hearts and move beyond the trance of unworthiness toward the promise of life lived with authenticity.
In Radical Acceptance, Buddhist nun and mindfulness teacher Tara Brach shows how the path of awakening requires a fundamental shift in how we relate to the things that trouble us–our fears, losses, frustrations, and pains. In her many years of working with people who suffer from emotional wounds and painful habits, Tara has found that true liberation can be found by learning to approach our difficulties with kindness and limit setting. We can discover our basic goodness by practicing meditation techniques such as mindfulness. We become more fully alive with each step from darkness toward the light.”
This guided meditation was specially created for people who want to learn how to live their lives more fully. Tara Brach’s book is a guide for doing this by learning about your inner world and seeing how you are trapped in it–how your assumptions and habitual patterns can keep you from living with ease, joy, and clarity. In this guided meditation, Tara demonstrates how accepting yourself just as you are–warts and all–can lead to a deeper understanding of what peace means within our inner worlds and throughout our daily lives.
About Radical Acceptance Book
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, or making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Understanding how our lives have become trapped in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we 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, loneliness and overwork–all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers 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 can fully live every precious moment.
From the Hardcover edition.