Radical Acceptance


Deeply, intensely personal: Tara Brach's book Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha is full of angst and anecdote, mistake and discovery. It's difficult reading at times, confession following upon confusion. The philosophy is muddy. But Brach is so completely loving and open, and her message is so important, that maybe it's all good. The final paragraph of the book, after the guided meditation on "Who Am I?" (dzogchen, "great perfection"):

It is important that we practice dzochen in an easy and effortless way, not contracting the mind by striving to do it right. To avoid creating stress, it is best to limit practice to five- to ten-minute intervals. You might do short periods of formal practice a number of times a day. As an informal practice, take a few moments, whenever you remember, to look into awareness and see what is true. Then let go and let be.

That nicely summarizes Radical Acceptance:

Let Go and Let Be

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(cf. Heartfulness and Mindfulness (2014-12-15), ...) - ^z - 2015-05-13