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Radical Acceptance - it's just plain radical!
on 5 March 2007
A friend of mine gave me this book when I was going through a tough time - I felt empty, hated the world, my life, a few people around me, I felt closed, lost... I'm sure you get the idea, and we all go through those feelings.
At first glance I thought, "oh great, new age mumbo-jumbo", but then I began to read it. I had no idea about Buddhism - all I knew was that buddhist monks wore those orange robes and shaved their heads and chanted Ohmmmmmmmmm, so it's safe to say I was objective from the get-go. But Tara Brach really captivates you with her style of writing. It's just so simple, straight to the point, and very humourous at times.
The book's sub-title, "Embracing your life with the heart of a buddha", might give some the impression that you have to be a buddhist to understand or comprehend this book - the truth is, you don't. Unlike some spiritual/religious books I've heard of, there is no dogma in this book, or in Buddhism for that matter. You take what you read, and apply the points that feel right for you. That's the approach I took when reading this book, but found that most, if not ALL Brach wrote hit a chord within me, and by the end of the book, I found that my outlook had changed. I began to feel more comfortable with my life, my situation, etc.
I was actually sad to return this book to my friend - in fact, I took my time in reading it - 3 months to be precise, and found that I was writing down quotations/points that I found useful. Towards the middle of the book I found that I was writing down almost half of what I was writing, and gave up. Instead, I've just placed my order on Amazon for my own copy.
My friend put it best - "This book is my life guide - I can pick it up at any point, forward to the chapter that applies to the situation that I'm in, and use it as a guide."
I can't recommend it enough - top marks to Tara Brach, and I really hope I meet her one day, just to thank her for helping me find the way. :)