Jan 25 2024
Happiness Break: Radical Acceptance, With Tara Brach
A meditation in meeting our most difficult emotions — like anger, disappointment, or fear — with mindfulness and gentle care.
Link to episode transcript: http://tinyurl.com/48jas955
How to Do This Practice:
When you come up against something challenging – you’re angry or frustrated or feeling any way about yourself, another person, or a situation, move through these steps. It might be helpful to sit somewhere you feel comfortable closing your eyes for a few moments, and begin by taking a few deep, intentional breaths, to help settle the mind.
Recognize what’s happening. For example, “I am getting caught up in anger right now.”Allow the emotion you recognize to be there: Accept that you are feeling the way you’re feeling. You may go a step further and forgive yourself for it, for example by saying to yourself, “Anger forgiven.”Investigate what’s underneath whatever you’re feeling by directing a gentle curiosity towards it. For example, where there is anger, there is something we care deeply about.Nurture: Send yourself a message of kindness. You might put your hand on your heart, for example, and remind yourself that everyone experiences reactivity, and send yourself a message of kindness and understanding.
Today’s Happiness Break host:
Tara Brach is a psychologist and leading voice in contemporary meditative practices and the author of numerous popular books on contemplative practice.
Read Tara’s seminal book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of the Buddha: http://tinyurl.com/4csarvmf
Learn more about Tara’s work: https://www.tarabrach.com/
Find classes taught by Dr. Neff: https://www.tarabrach.com/online-courses/
Follow Tara on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tarabrach/
Follow Tara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tarabrach
More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
How to Go Through Life with Love in Your Heart, A Q&A with Tara Brach: http://tinyurl.com/2ne65wed
The Mindfulness Skill That Is Crucial for Stress: http://tinyurl.com/3xmnekw2
How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination: http://tinyurl.com/yc7phxsc
Want to Change Your Life? Try Self-Compassion: http://tinyurl.com/2y2ryc6m
Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion: http://tinyurl.com/yc2wvusr
Self-Compassion Could Help You Be More Tolerant of Others: http://tinyurl.com/3kwrm88h
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