Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits
Everyone has negative habits — even the smallest ones can take control of us. Let Go is a much-needed guide to getting that control back. Martine Batchelor helps readers focus their minds and uncover the roots of their repetitive behaviors. For Batchelor, it's all about how we relate to our thoughts. By adopting the kind of "creative engagement" that she teaches in Let Go,...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 27th 2007 by Wisdom Publications
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I really like Martine Batchelor's work; always direct, simple, and profound. This slim text is all of that! The sub-title may lead you to believe it's simply a 'self-help' book to overcome habits, but samskaras which are what the yoga tradition calls the patterns of behavior (thoughts and actions) that make up habits are really the constituents of personality! So, we are dealing with something deep and universal, not just your habit of judging yourself or your coffee habit....
This is a beautiful book that can help shape growth with every separate reading. I've used this book for my own personal development with managing my daydreaming; to help teach addicts and people with personality disorders how to manage their impulsive behaviors and schizophrenics to mitigate the effects of their paranoid and obsessive thoughts; and even to write an officiant's wedding ceremony speech about the meaning and development of real love. I've had to buy this book multiple time already...more
Martine Batchelor has an online retreat at Tricycle on Breaking Your Addictive Patterns. She recommended reading her book for a deeper understanding so I picked it up. It may be a good basic book but there wasn't much that stuck with me. Perhaps that's the ultimate in letting go?