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Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child Paperback – October 9, 2006
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Thich Nhat Hanh writes, "Many of us practice sitting meditation in order to run away from suffering...we behave like a rabbit going back into its hole in the earth in order to feel protected...We do this because we suffer so much, we want some kind of rest, some kind of running away. But that is not the true purpose of meditation...We have to use our intelligence and concentration to get insight, transform the suffering within, and become a Buddha, an enlightened one, a free person...Without suffering, without the understanding of suffering, true happiness is impossible."
My advice: Buy this book for yourself, for a person you love, and for a person you think may need it, who may be open to receiving it. Smile, and enjoy!
You know, I was quite well to this man and gave him a clean slate, until I found that he had lied to me about a step sister I didn't know of. That is where the relationship turned as I went into warrior stance precipitated by the wounded youngster in me. As a father myself I have gained some tools and without this book I wouldn't know how to be my own father. I know, sounds a bit strange but bear with me.
Upon further reviews of my father relative to behaviors, my sister (the mental health pro), diagnosed him with NPD ([...]). This is an important part prior to my reading of Reconciliation as it added a POV for my forgiveness and understanding of someone who hurt me very much and who had also been hurt very much himself growing up.
Basically the book connects the dots that we are everyone of our ancestors, good, bad and ugly. Alive or dead, and even if we did not get to know them very well we carry their genetics and through our parents inherited the problems that they could not reconcile.
I can not stress the importance of this wonderful book as I believe everyone should read it. I will buy a copy for my father and with Thich Nhat Hanh's help I believe I will not commute the family issues any further, but instead bring a view of the suffering as a opportunity to learn more compassion.
P.S. If you do not have that mental health professional as a sister, as I have, here are some resources:
My deepest thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh for writing it.
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Literally within the first 5 minutes of reading this book, it has already helped me tremendously and ignited a perspective that I never thought of before. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Condition as described; fast delivery; good price; cannot ask for more.Published 4 months ago by Cordevero
This book gave me such hope of being able to forgive those in my past and find peace as an adult.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thich Nhat Hanh is the most inspirational man of his calibre. He is a guru of healing philosophy.Published 4 months ago by she rocket
I just didn't like it. I'm just an average person - not a "Buddhist practitioner" , but I am very psychologically minded... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Vicky wysocki
Gentle Thich Nhat Hahn leads the reader into confronting past elements of present difficulties. Not easy but valuable.Published 6 months ago by Bluegrass
Excellent book, with a gently paced process for any/all individuals pursuing a naturally deeper understanding of the thread of one's childhood growing into adulthood.Published 9 months ago by ginia
If you understand a bit about Buddhism and Thich's way of teaching, and you also want a book that touches on working with your inner child, get this book!Published 9 months ago by Julie Meibaum