Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN
One of the most beloved and trusted mindfulness teachers in America offers a lifeline for difficult times: the RAIN meditation, which awakens our courage and heart
Tara Brach is an in-the-trenches teacher whose work counters today's ever-increasing onslaught of news, conflict, demands, and anxieties--stresses that leave us rushing around on auto-pilot and cut off from the presence and creativity that give our lives meaning.
In this heartfelt and deeply practical book, she offers an antidote: an easy-to-learn four-step meditation that quickly loosens the grip of difficult emotions and limiting beliefs. Each step in the meditation practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) is brought to life by memorable stories shared by Tara and her students as they deal with feelings of overwhelm, loss, and self-aversion, with painful relationships, and past trauma--and as they discover step-by-step the sources of love, forgiveness, compassion, and deep wisdom alive within all of us.
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Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, or just feeling stuck, meditation instructor and podcast host Tara Brach wants to help you transform your life through mindfulness. Brach translates ancient Buddhist principles for a modern audience through her signature RAIN method, which she outlines in this invaluable and captivating guide. An acronym for recognize, allow, investigate, and nurture, RAIN is a technique for letting go of bad habits and painful thought patterns, and Brach offers step-by-step meditations to help you incorporate this helpful practice into your life. We loved reading testimonials from people who’ve overcome their challenges and struggles using RAIN, like the irritable IT executive who learned to harness his anger or the recovering alcoholic who avoided a relapse through self-compassion. From broad topics like shame and forgiveness to relatable situations like Brach’s own battles with anxiety and divorce, Radical Compassion takes you on a journey toward self-acceptance—one page at a time.
Mindfulness teacher Brach (True Refuge) presents a straightforward approach to living with more presence and compassion in this easy-to-follow guide. Continuing the lessons explored in her earlier works, Brach advocates for mindfulness as a means of releasing emotional suffering that keeps one "disconnected from the whole of reality" and from "living true to ourselves." The specific meditation practice she offers is called RAIN recognize, allow, investigate, and non-identification and, after 15 years of her practice, Brach explains a new twist: swapping out non-identification for "nurture," or practices that "directly awaken self-compassion." Brach unpacks painful emotions such as shame, guilt, anger, and self-doubt with clarity, and provides meditation exercises and prompts to help readers fully incorporate the RAIN system. While her approach is grounded in Buddhist meditation practices, she includes illuminating stories from a range of cultures and spiritual traditions, while anecdotes from the lives of Brach and her students, guided meditations, and q&as help define the concepts in practical terms. Anyone hoping to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and advice for easing the burden of negative emotions will find this to be a helpful resource.