Interviewed by Tami Simon
You’re listening to “Insights at the Edge.” Today I speak with Tara Brach. Tara is an author, clinical psychologist, and the founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She’s the author of the Sounds True audio learning programs Radical Self-Acceptance: a Buddhist Guide to Freeing Yourself from Shame and Meditations for Emotional Healing: Finding Freedom in the Face of Difficulty...
Editor's Note: I am very excited to offer the wealth of information from the wisdom holders of our culture, captured in audio form by Sounds True, a company based in Boulder Colorado, and founded by publisher Tami Simon. Her contribution to the world extends beyond geographic, cultural, political, ethnic, gender, religious, spiritual, emotional, or psychological boundaries, providing diverse views, allowing each to inform the other. Listen deeply and determine what wisdom is appropriate and necessary for your own healing...
by Mimi Shannon
Playing small hurts. It not only requires constant attention and energy to tuck in and hide who you really are, but by doing so, you are also denying the world the unique gift that being you offers. Think of yourself as a piece of colored glass in a magnificent stained glass window. If you block the light coming through you, a shadow is cast on those around you. Instead of contributing to the whole, you have taken away from it...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Mimi describes the price she paid for playing it safe and small. She used the practice of self-love to move beyond her depression and self-hatred. She encourages you to become your authentic self and share your uniqueness with the world as you bring more self-acceptance into your life. Self-love is the greatest gift you can give yourself!
by Peter J D'Adamo, ND, MlfHl
In the last two decades, a new paradigm for scientific inquiry has been developing based on the acceptance of simple things acting together in complex, network-like relations. Classical science, as exemplified by Newtonian mechanics, is essentially reductionist...
by Dorothy Ratusny, MA
“Self-acceptance is the acknowledgement of who you are. Out of acceptance, comes conscious intention and the deliberate action that moves you towards who you are willing to become.” - Dorothy Ratusny...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Dorothy Ratusny takes an in depth look at self-acceptance and encourages you to see yourself with an honesty that leads to the truth of who and what you are. She asks you to acknowledge what you accept about yourself and what you would like to change and become. Self-acceptance is the first step to healing and lasting change.
by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
What is our true nature?
We come to experience wholeness by opening ourselves, revealing the flower within. Let peace begin with me.
Transformation starts with looking in the mirror at the self. It can be no other way. Simply put, taking responsibility for everything that appears in one's life, is the starting point...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: What is our true nature? Zen teaches us acceptance of all that is. In this acceptance, we allow ourselves to be compassionate for all things. When we feel lost,” our soul has not gone off track. It's more likely that we are totally on course and coming closer than ever to personal transformation. We come to experience wholeness by opening ourselves - “As you live deeper in the heart, the mirror gets clearer and cleaner” (Rumi) Our true nature is infinity.
by Laurel Clark, DD, DM
Most people fear death. Although we know that death is inevitable, there is often a difference between what we believe intellectually and what we experience emotionally. Why is this so? It would seem that such a universal experience could be met with acceptance...
Editor's Note: Death is a topic that evokes fear or outright denial in many people. In this article Laurel Clark shows how dreams can help us confront, and come to peace with, this mysterious transition.
by Ka Hang Leoungk
As an acupuncturist, I do a lot of myth debunking. It’s understandable. After all, acupuncture speaks an entirely different language from the one through which most Westerners learned to see the world. However, with acupuncture continuing to grow in popularity and gain acceptance by mainstream medicine, it’s important to clarify a few myths and misconceptions that have a strong hold on our collective psyche...
Editor's Note: This is a fun, easy-to-grasp article that explains five common acupuncture myths. As an acupuncturist myself, I too spend a lot of time explaining how acupuncture feels, what it does, and if it works. The author is sure to put some misconceptions to rest, and offers insight into how this ancient medicine fits into modern times.
by Melody Larson
At the core of step 4 is the need to forgive and to cultivate compassion. We cannot move forward on our journey until we begin to release some of the blame, anger, and sorrow that we have gathered on the journey so far, both towards others and towards ourselves. This deeper state of acceptance and allowing is what propels us forward in our spiritual adventure.
Editor's Note from Pat Lantz: To first get an overview of what this journey is all about, read Melody’s introductory article, The 12 Steps of the Spiritual Journey.
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