Five Things We Cannot Change And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them

ISBN-10: 1590303083
ISBN-13: 9781590303085
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Richo
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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Why is it that despite our best efforts, many of us remain fundamentally unhappy and unfulfilled in our lives? In this provocative and inspiring book, David Richo distills thirty years of experience as a therapist to explain the underlying roots of unhappiness--and the surprising secret to finding freedom and fulfillment. There are certain facts of life that we cannot change--the unavoidable "givens" of human existence: (1) everything changes and ends, (2) things do not always go according to plan, (3) life is not always fair, (4) pain is a part of life, and (5) people are not loving and loyal all the time. Richo shows us that by dropping our deep-seated resistance to these givens, we can find liberation and discover the true richness that life has to offer. Blending Western psychology and Eastern spirituality, including practical exercises, Richo shows us how to open up to our lives--including to what is frightening, painful, or disappointing--and discover our greatest gifts.

DAVID RICHO, PhD, is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and workshop leader whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling How to Be an Adult in Relationships and The Five Things We Cannot Change.

Introduction
The Givens of Life
Everything Changes and Ends
How We Avoid or Accept
Attracted or Repelled
A Changing Image in the Mirror
What Makes Us So Controlling
Nothing Separate
A Two-Handed Practice
Death and Renewal
Things Do Not Always Go According to Plan
Nature's Design
Our Calling
The Larger Life
It All Balances in Love
Life Is Not Always Fair
Revenge or Reconcile?
Why Does Harm Come to the Innocent?
The Art of Taming Ego
Commitments beyond Ego
A Mindful Reply to Unfairness
Pain Is Part of Life
Are We Victims?
A Yes to the Pain Nature Brings
Being with the Suffering of Others
When Cheer Doesn't Work
The Fertile Void
People Are Not Loving and Loyal All the Time
The Lifelong Influence of Childhood
Taking Care of Yourself As You Open to Others
Givens of Adult Relating
A Checklist on Boundaries in Our Relationships
Egoless Love
Refuges from the Givens
Religion as a Refuge
Religion and Refuge in Nature
Three Refuges
Distraction or Resource?
Magical Thinking
Backstreet Refuges
Safety in No Refuge
Wisdom within Us
An Unconditional Yes to Our Conditioned Existence
How to Become Yes
Loving-Kindness
Tonglen Practice
No Outside
Nature Practices Yes
Yes to Feelings
Our Gifts from Nature
How Feelings Become SAFE
Love Liberates
How Fear Holds Us Back
The Life Span of a Feeling
How Do We Receive the Feelings of Others?
Tracking Our Feelings
What Feelings Are Not
Feelings Are Three-Dimensional
A Yes to Who I Am
Psychologically
Spiritually
Mystically
Self or No-Self?
A Stable Sense of Myself
Epilogue
About the Author

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