Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN

by Tara Brach


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One of the most beloved and trusted mindfulness teachers in America offers a lifeline for difficult times: the RAIN meditation, which awakens our courage and heart

Tara Brach is an in-the-trenches teacher whose work counters today's ever-increasing onslaught of news, conflict, demands, and anxieties—stresses that leave us rushing around on auto-pilot and cut off from the presence and creativity that give our lives meaning.

In this heartfelt and deeply practical book, she offers an antidote: an easy-to-learn four-step meditation that quickly loosens the grip of difficult emotions and limiting beliefs. Each step in the meditation practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) is brought to life by memorable stories shared by Tara and her students as they deal with feelings of overwhelm, loss, and self-aversion, with painful relationships, and past trauma—and as they discover step-by-step the sources of love, forgiveness, compassion, and deep wisdom alive within all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525522812
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 16,781
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tara Brach, PhD, is an internationally known teacher of mindfulness, meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening. She is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and her weekly podcasted talk and meditation is downloaded by over a million and a half people each month. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of Insight Meditation Center of Washington, DC. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband and dog.

Table of Contents

Guided Reflections, Meditations, and Remembrances xiii

Preface: Loving Ourselves into Healing xvii

Part I How Attention Heals

1 RAIN Creates a Clearing 3

2 RAIN Says Yes to Life 17

3 RAIN Reveals Your True Self 33

Part II Bringing RAIN to Your Inner Life

4 Releasing Negative Self-Beliefs 55

5 Freeing Yourself from Shame 73

6 Awakening from the Grip of Fear 90

7 Discovering Your Deepest Longing 115

III RAIN and Your Relationships

8 A Forgiving RAIN 139

9 Seeing the Goodness 169

10 The RAIN of Compassion 197

11 Four Remembrances 227

Appendix 1 Evolution of the Acronym RAIN 245

Appendix 2 RAIN Partners: Practicing with Others 249

Acknowledgments 255

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