True Refuge Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

ISBN-10: 0553807625

ISBN-13: 9780553807622

Edition: 2012

Authors: Tara Brach

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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-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. Thereisanother 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-winningRadical 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 Refugeshows 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 Refugeis 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.”Advance praise forTrue Refuge “Tara Brach writes from the heart to the heart. With candor and calmness, she shares her own and others’ struggles to overcome our deep and constant human dilemmas. Whenever I read Brach, I feel more peaceful and hopeful. I trust myself and the universe more. I feel more connected and grounded in what the Lakota Sioux call Wakan Tanka, The Great Mystery.True Refugeis itself a refuge and I thank the author for it.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D.,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Green BoatandReviving Ophelia “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 ofInvisible Heroesand creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/22/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Prologue: Loving Life No Matter What
Our Search for Refuge
Winds of Homecoming
Leaving Home: The Trance of Small Self
Meditation: The Path to Presence
Three Gateways to Refuge
The Gateway of Truth
RAIN: Cultivating Mindfulness in Difficult Times
Awakening to the Life of the Body
Possessed by the Mind: The Prison of Compulsive Thinking
Investigating Core Beliefs
The Gateway of Love
Heart Medicine for Traumatic Fear
Self-Compassion: Releasing the Second Arrow
The Courage to Forgive
Holding Hands: Living Compassion
Losing What We Love: The Pain of Separation
The Gateway of Awareness
Refuge in Awareness
A Heart That Is Ready for Anything
Guided Reflections and Meditations
A Pause for Presence
Lovingkindness: Being Kind to Yourself
Coming Back
Being Here
Remembering the Most Important Thing
Bringing RAIN to Difficulty
A Light RAIN: Practicing on the Spot
Bringing RAIN to Pain
The Buddha's Smile
My Top-Ten Hits
Bringing RAIN to Obsession
Beliefs Inventory
Catching Beliefs on the Fly
Lovingkindness: Receiving Love
Tonglen: A Healing Presence with Fear
Self-Forgiveness Scan
Ending the War with Yourself
A Forgiving Heart toward Others
Tonglen: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
Lovingkindness: Seeing Past the Mask
Prayer in the Face of Difficulty
Exploring Inner Space
Who Am I?
Taking the Backward Step
Prayer of Aspiration
Finding True Refuge
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