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Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
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Aug 30, 2010

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bookshelves: psychology-spirituality

This is one of the best self-help books I have ever read. While approaching personal growth issues from a Western Buddhism perspective, it offers much to anyone willing to look at themselves and their life situation in an honest, calm, and compassionate way. One of the most powerful concepts in this book is that of recognizing that how you interpret what happens to you, the life story that you write for yourself, deeply affects how you feel about yourself, others, and life in general. This book discusses a number of tools of personal enlightenment / spiritual growth: being completely honest with oneself,
seeing that your reality is much more than the stories you tell yourself, and developing increased compassion for oneself and others. The author draws upon her many years of experience as a psychotherapist and practicing Buddhist and presents her thoughts in a gentle, loving way that can soothe even the most sensitive and wounded of human hearts and souls. Other books in a similar vein but with a more direct tone are "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times" and "Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living" by Pema Chodron
The more strident "The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle may be helpful as an introduction to
Western Buddhism based personal growth. For those preferring a Christian approach, I suggest "God's Answers to Life's Difficult
Questions by Rick Warren".
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