Tara Brach’s “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with The Heart of a Buddha”
Tara Brach is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher.
“As we lean into the experience of the moment-releasing our stories and gently holding our pain or desire-Radical Acceptance begins to unfold. The two parts of genuine acceptance-seeing clearly and holding our experience with compassion-are as interdependent as the two wings of a great bird, they enable us to fly and be free.
The wing of clear seeing is often described in Buddhist practice as mindfulness. This is the quality of awareness that recognizes exactly what is happening in our moment to moment experience.
The second wing of Radical Acceptance, compassion, is our capacity to relate in a tender and sympathetic way to what we perceive. Instead of resisting our feelings of fear or grief, we embrace our pain with the kindness. Compassion honors our experience: it allows us to be intimate with the life of the moment as it is.”