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Publisher Description

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, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really 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, 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.

Religion & Spirituality
June 10
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Kelley U ,

Great reminder of mindfulness

First half of book contains a clear and compelling framework for mindfulness, compassion and acceptance. Took many notes on first half. Last half focuses excessively on personal stories which I found myself scanning pages at a time. I liked the book but would prefer to hear the main points without wading through 5-page stories every time.

terry boring ,

Life changing

Reading this book for the third time in 6 years. It really had monumental impact on my life the first time that I read it. I'm reading it again because it's so very true.

soulsister42 ,

Life changing

So hard to do, but so necessary. Once we accept what is, we can begin to heal.

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