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True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart | [Tara Brach]

True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. There is another way.
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How do you cope when facing life-threatening illness, family conflict, faltering relationships, old trauma, obsessive thinking, overwhelming emotion, or inevitable loss? If you're like most people, chances are you react with fear and confusion, falling back on timeworn strategies: anger, self-judgment, and addictive behaviors. Though these old, conditioned attempts to control our life may offer fleeting relief, ultimately they leave us feeling isolated and mired in pain. There is another way.

Beneath the turbulence of our thoughts and emotions exists a profound stillness, a silent awareness capable of limitless love. Tara Brach, author of the award-winning Radical Acceptance, calls this awareness our true refuge, because it is available to every one of us, at any moment, no exceptions. In this book, Brach offers a practical guide to finding our inner sanctuary of peace and wisdom in the midst of difficulty. Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom - truth, love, and awareness - True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness. Through spiritual teachings, guided meditations, and inspirational stories of people who discovered loving presence during times of great struggle, Brach invites us to connect more deeply with our own inner life, one another, and the world around us.

True Refuge is essential listening for anyone encountering hardship or crisis; anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening. The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives. We realize that what we seek is within us, and regardless of circumstances, "there is always a way to take refuge in a healing and liberating presence".

©2013 Tara Brach (P)2013 Tantor

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    Kathi 08-11-13
    Kathi 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "A book to touch your soul"

    Tara Brach, who has achieved notoriety for her gentle approach to living, primarily through a psychological/Buddhist approach, provides some guidelines for moving through life, using what she refers to as "R.A.I.N." By this, she shows us how to meet challenging situations.

    First Recognize the reality of what is occurring.

    Then Accept that is it what it is.

    Investigate what it means, and then the huge move that brings it all together, is:

    "rest in Natural awareness." (in other words, do not be so quick to react, but move to a state of awareness in which we have a different relationship to what is happening).

    Tara Brach also wrote "Radical Acceptance," in which she also suggests that we are so quick to run from, or distance ourselves from situations that feel unpleasant, that we may do better in the long run finding a way to move into them, with curiosity, patience and willingness to be present to what is happening.

    As happens sometimes, they have chosen someone else to read this book. Although Cassandra Campbell has done an excellent job, Tara Brach has a beautifully soft voice, and I would so have preferred hearing her narrate it herself. However, this book is certainly worth listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 07-30-14 Member Since 2003

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Tara, PLEASE Narrate your own books!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh. It's a bit redundant if you've listened to Radical Acceptance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tara Brach's advice is helpful and practical, (which is why her choice of reader does not support that).


    What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    Oh! so condescending. It felt like she thought she was talking to idiots or tiny little children (I'd give children more respect, personally). Her sing songish way of saying things so slowly in a small (phony) voice as if she was fearful of breaking bad news to a meanie who might slap her - made the book hard to get through. I finally just bought the printed version.


    Do you think True Refuge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Redundant


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I do not like how "guided meditations" are sprinkled throughout the book, right in the middle of telling the story. Put them at the end or beginning or on a separate tape. I had to fast forward many times to appreciate the message fully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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