- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (November 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553380990
- ISBN-13: 978-0553380996
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 619 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha Paperback – November 23, 2004
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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." The sense of self-hatred and fearful isolation that afflicts so many people in the West can be transformed with the steady application of a loving attention infused with the insights of the Buddhist tradition, according to Brach. Interweaving stories from her own life as a hardworking single mother with many wonderful anecdotes culled from her therapy practice and her work as a leader of meditation retreats, Brach offers myriad examples of how our pain can become a doorway to love and liberation. An older Catholic woman in one of Brach's weekend workshops, for example, recounts how she learned to ask God to help hold her pain. Like her colleagues Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and others in the Vipassana or Insight meditation tradition, Brach is open-minded about where she gathers inspiration. Garnishing her gentle advice and guided meditation with beautiful bits of poetry and well-loved if familiar dharma stories, Brach describes what it can mean to open to the reality of other people, to live in love, to belong to the world. Obviously the fruit of the author's own long and honest search, this is a consoling and practical guide that can help people find a light within themselves.
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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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It teaches in the most thorough way how to learn to live with and accept those things and so be free of them, instead of resisting and suppressing and so being controlled by them. That is immensely easier said than done.
It summarises and goes into more depth and connects more honestly and compassionately with the actual experience of these things than any other book or teaching I've worked with. It also goes as deeply if not more into the actual psychology and specific approaches to deal with them than any other source I have encountered. It is accessible and substantial.
She also has a very good webpage with many video lectures (she gives talks weekly in the DC area); articles and podcasts that someone interested in mindfulness should find interesting/useful. That webpage should give a good picture of her philosophy and approach to handling the "lost in thoughts" and "monkey mind" struggles that are at the heart of most of our mental difficulties. Her book was one of the first of many I read on mindfulness and is still one of the best and is one that many cognitive therapists in my area recommend to their patients.