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Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield

5 mins

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Radical Acceptance teaches you how you can become more content and happy in your life by applying the core principles of meditation and Buddhism.


Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

by Tara Brach


We often hear the phrase 'no one is perfect' - but do we really believe it? Many of us deal with feelings of inadequacy in life. We're so preoccupied with being perfect that we hold ourselves to impossible standards. There are things about ourselves such as our body or our work ethic that we wish we could change. We dwell on our faults and try to hide them from those around us. But we can change this.

It's perfectly normal to have flaws. That's what makes us human. Western society has evolved to make us feel that we're never enough. But through using techniques from Buddhism, you can learn how to fight the urge to be hard on yourself and start being more content with who you are, flaws included.

In Rational Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha, psychologist Tara Brach teaches that principles in meditation and Buddhism can help you be more content with who you are and what happens in your life. She shares mental exercises to help you reduce self-criticism and stress. Through doing this you'll find yourself living a more gentle and tranquil life.

Favorite quote

Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.

- Tara Brach

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