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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart [Kindle Edition]

Tara Brach
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So many of us fear there is something wrong with us or have hit an emotional brick wall. True Refuge by Tara Brach, a clinical psychologist and teacher of mindfulness, is a source of gentle consolation. (The Sunday Times, Style)

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience as well as ten more years of personal experience on the path of awakening, Tara Brach's superb second book brings readers ever more deeply in touch with our true nature. This book is a precious gift, filled with insight, shared from heart to heart. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

This is a special book, lovely, loving, wise and helpful. It is like having a sage and caring friend sit with you, offering comfort, insight and guidance for your own true journey home. (Jack Kornfield author of The Wise Heart)

This is a beautifully written book that directly taps into the beating heart of wisdom and compassion. It offers useful, pragmatic advice on how to deepen one's mindfulness practice and have greater self-compassion when faced with suffering. A wonderful follow-up to Radical Acceptance, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to develop greater insight and open-heartedness in their life. (Kristin Neff, PhD author of Self-Compassion)

Tara Brach has done it again. True Refuge inspires the confidence needed to face our deepest, most difficult emotions. With tenderness and understanding, she teaches us the practical techniques that can help us loosen the grip of these emotions and arrive at a place of peace and basic goodness which is our essential nature. As more and more citizens learn and practice these techniques, it can begin a transformation that will allow a kinder, compassionate, and more mindful nation to emerge. (Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation)

There is something very special about this exquisitely written book-its clarity, beauty, simplicity, and humanity practically sing to you. Inspiring and uplifting to read, it also has eminently practical, implementable, step-by-step guidance to practice and live by. And the fifteen brief, powerful guided meditations offer an easy, gentle entry toward inner peace and wisdom. While turning the pages, I thought of a half dozen people who could really use this book as a friendly, loving reference point-myself included! (Belleruth Naparstek, author of Invisible Heroes and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series)

This book is a rare gift. It speaks to the tender heart in us all when things go wrong in our lives. In a natural and deeply personal way, Tara Brach accompanies the reader into "presence," a warm embrace of who we are and the life we're given. She offers tools and gentle guidance for living safely and peacefully even in the midst of challenging circumstances. At once inspiring, humble, and wise, this book uniquely captures the ineffable, healing essence of mindfulness meditation practice. (Christopher Germer, Ph.D., Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion)

An insightful book that shows us the way not just to heal our suffering but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness through spiritual teachings, guided meditations and inspirational stories of people who discovered loving presence during times of great struggle. (YOGA magazine)

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How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgement and addictive behaviours. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain.

There is another way. Beneath the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions exists a profound stillness, a silent awareness capable of limitless love. Tara Brach, author of the award-winning Radical Acceptance, calls this awareness our true refuge, because it is available to every one of us, at any moment, no exceptions. In this book, Brach offers a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty.

Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom – truth, love and awareness - True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness. Through spiritual teachings, guided meditations and inspirational stories of people who discovered loving presence during times of great struggle, Brach invites us to connect more deeply with our own inner life, one another and the world around us.

True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening. The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives. We realize that what we seek is within us, and regardless of circumstances, 'There is always a way to take refuge in a healing and liberating presence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553807625
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I have been looking forward to getting my hands on this wonderful book. I love Tara Brach's podcasts, and I have some of her other books and audiobooks.

Tara is a gem, and you do not need to live near Washington DC to benefit from her life-enhancing teachings.

Many of Tara's recent and upcoming talks and podcasts draw upon themes and stories highlighted in this book "True Refuge". One from several weeks ago, entitled "Barriers to Loving Presence" opens with these words from Rumi:

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

If you want to free your heart, this book might be just what you need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 Jan. 2014
I loved Tara's first book and often listen to the free meditations on her site so was excited to read True Refuge. Again, she brings her wisdom and experience to the reader in an accessible and easy to understand way. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly wonderful book ! 21 Oct. 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is feeling in need of comfort and love ! No criticisms at is deeply caring and wise.....
and contains so much to help us all....and this world in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 22 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Fabulous book and very easy to read. Full of wisdom and meditations to guide you on your way. Cant find the words to recommend it highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise, warm, compassionate, liberating. 22 Jan. 2014
By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I tried to read Tara's earlier book but got a bit bogged down in it. I'm getting on so much better with her new title (this one)! She writes from the heart and seems to have a real knack for putting her finger on so many of the issues that I (everyone?) struggles with as we try to live peaceful, fulfilling lives.
This is a book I shall return to many times, I know: on my first read I have restrained myself from highlighting key passages - I suspect that when I do go back to do this, the pages will be covered in yellow!
A really timely book for me. Hope it meets your needs too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars true refuge 28 Oct. 2014
By grat
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a big big fan of Tara, after watching and listening to her teachings on YouTube she has helped me to look at life differently. Great book great read backs up everything you believe in!! Sending you warmth and love,and may happiness follow you everywhere!!


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