Tara Brach’s “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Heart With the Life of a Buddha”

Tara Brach has described many of us being under a trance of unworthiness so over the years we develop a particular blend of strategies designed to compensate us for feeling so unworthy. What are these strategies?

1. embarking on one self-improvement project, one after the other

2. holding back and play it safe rather than risking failure

3. withdrawing from our experience of being in the present moment

4. keeping busy and being distant from our pain

5. becoming our own worst critics

6. focusing on other people’s faults.

” The painful truth is that all of these strategies simply reinforce the very insecurities that sustain the trance of unworthiness. The more anxiously we tell ourselves stories about how we may fail or what is wrong with us or others, the more we deepen the grooves-the neural pathways-that generate feelings of deficiency.”

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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