An endorsement from Dr. Gary Kaplan for Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha:
“I highly recommend Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach. Tara, a local psychologist and meditation teacher, shares insights about the natural tendency of our minds to storytell and strategize — activities that often are based in fear and lead to great suffering.
I recommend this book to my patients as a way of helping them to distinguish their “pain” from their “suffering.” Although physical pain may be an unavoidable part of life, the suffering we experience is largely determined by the story we tell ourselves about our pain. Time and time again, I see patients whose pain may be manageable, but whose feelings of fear, shame, guilt, remorse or anger make their suffering nearly unbearable.
Tara explains how these negative states can gradually dissolve as we become aware of the stories we tell ourselves and as we face our own uncomfortable feelings. Drawing from her own experiences and those of her clients, Tara’s message is honest, deeply respectful and potentially life-changing.”