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Radical Self-Acceptance

Narrated by: Tara Brach
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
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The Practice of Self-Acceptance, Taught by a Buddhist Clinical Psychologist...

How would your life change if you genuinely accepted yourself, just the way you are? According to Dr. Tara Brach, feelings of shame and unworthiness are the source of many problems we experience with our relationships, careers, creative endeavors, and most fundamentally, our spiritual unfolding.

On Radical Self-Acceptance, this respected clinical psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher shows you how to free yourself from the grip of your insecurities about being "good enough." With insights from both Eastern contemplative traditions and Western psychotherapies, Dr. Brach guides you through a full program of meditations and skills you need to become more compassionate toward the "unforgivable" parts of your self.

As Dr. Brach says, the most difficult - and pervasive - challenge to Westerners today is the suffering caused by our feelings of unworthiness and self-aversion. Radical Self-Acceptance offers a way to break out of this emotional prison, so you can discover the freedom that comes with kindness and true appreciation of yourself and others.

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Life changing book

Short and to the point, this series of four lectures and exercises taught me new techniques in mindfulness that were easy to use and immediately beneficial. I enjoyed it so much I immediately listened through for a second time. I also intend on listening to this again with my husband and daughter. A must read for those who struggle with self compassion. Would give 6/5 if I could. Highly recommended.

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Easy to listen to Easy to understand

Enjoyable uplifting and not to preachy. I found it relatable with a nice flow, and pleasant narrator

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  • Jan
  • 21-09-2019

Irritating phrasing

I could only listen to this in bursts because I found the narrators phrasing and Speaking voice, the timing the pause between words incredibly irritating

this tended to overshadow the content which I can now barely recall despite finally finishing it. The second last chapter was quite good though and I more enjoyed the sharing of other people’s wisdoms and insights.

Not what I was expecting but that’s fine. I’m sure others may well enjoy her unusual “feel like I’m in a meditation class” narration style. I do.. in a meditation practice 😂

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Fresh yet ancient wisdom

Listening to Tara's audio books is like being at a personal talk given just for you. I sometimes reminded myself this is a book, the reading is so fresh and full of vitality.

The insight and meditations are exquisite and full of digestible wisdom. I will come back to this book many times, I'm sure.

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Beautiful

Helped me gain understanding and reach new levels of insight into my life and self.

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Practical tools for life

Great book, would highly recommend for people who would like to learn an efficient and wholesome way to manage emotions.

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Get this book!

Tara has a beutiful voice, I am glad she read her own book and it will really help you to connect with yourself.

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Overrated, not suitable listen while driving etc.

I think this book is bit over rated. I bought it by looking at reviews but didn't find that great at all. May be, I was not expecting long pauses in the book reading for breathing and meditating. I listen while driving and walking, obviously don't want those frequent long pauses asking me to lie down calmly and breath!

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Beautiful

Heart expands with every word.
Such a perfect voice to be read to sleep with as well.

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insightful & moving<br />

Tara's spoken words, and the healing wisdom within them, offers as much grace as the listener is able to encounter. She encourages and provides beautiful meditations for deeper soul development.
A truly moving experience.

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  • The Burnetts
  • 28-08-2012

Tara Brach knows how to speak to the heart

What did you love best about Radical Self-Acceptance?

This book vividly captures the pervasive wave of self aversion that has gripped many of us. It also provides an attainable way out of self aversion and into true self acceptance.

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  • Bookman
  • 02-10-2013

Unique and Powerful Wisdom

What did you love best about Radical Self-Acceptance?

Brach presents a unique and powerful approach to solving some of life's most frustrating and challenging dilemmas.

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  • M. B
  • 20-12-2015

Wonderful

Helpful wisdom in a kind and generous way. Tara's voice is much more powerful than reading. I've listened to this over and over, each time absorbing a bit more. Knowing certain lessons are important, but I haven't quite acknowledged them internally. Getter closer with each day. Enlightenment.

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  • Teresa
  • 04-12-2012

Life Changing

What did you love best about Radical Self-Acceptance?

It is one of the best things I have done for myself. This audiobook helped me to understand my (strong negative) emotional reactions, to accept them and to "deal" with them.

What did you like best about this story?

Tara Brach is right on point describing the issues with and ways to self-acceptance. She breaks down our mislead thinking and behaviour and gives many examples for easy understanding. Short guided meditations help to deepen awareness of our emotions and to accept us as we are.

What about Tara Brach’s performance did you like?

Tara Brach's voice is soft and her speech flow is natural. It is easy to follow. She gives you time to reflect.

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  • Karil
  • 18-09-2012

great listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this is a great book. It really helps you look at yourself in a different and healthier light. I would reccomend it to anyone who wan to know themselves better and love themselves better.

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  • Benbarian
  • 12-12-2011

Subtle, brilliant

What did you love best about Radical Self-Acceptance?

Tara Brach is an excellent teacher. She takes her years of experience and applies her psychological training to give you a very Western friendly approach to dealing with your self. The title is no lie, it is fundamentally a guide to accepting yourself with all your problems and short comings.

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  • mary
  • 28-08-2012

serenity

Where does Radical Self-Acceptance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Material was helpful not repetive and just restated

What does Tara Brach bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

voice is easy to listen too ; calming

What did you learn from Radical Self-Acceptance that you would use in your daily life?

Shame can dictate your life but try not to allow this.

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  • Jonathan
  • 02-08-2015

Helpful

Her peaceful voice guided me through my areas of fear and pain. I will listen to this many, many times.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 19-02-2019

Not your typical hear while driving book

This book is a collection of 3 meditations, and an intro to those. The content is great, her voice is soothing, and the best way to enjoy this book is to sit down close your eyes and give it your full attention.
The meditations/talks are around 1 hour each, so plan ahead and try not to stop in the middle. Highly recommend (:

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  • kristin
  • 05-12-2015

i listen to it daily<br />





love it! tara brach', the author & narrator, soothes my soul and helps my racing mind slow down

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  • ian
  • 13-02-2019

Skeptical, but proved wrong

This book is being very helpful to me. At 52 years of age its difficult to come across meaningful and practical help and advice that one hasn't already tried and failed miserable to integrate in one's existence. Despite my deep reservations of the title and subject matter I must say it's been and continues to be a very real companion. I imagine I shall be needing this guidance for as long as I live

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  • Saffy
  • 16-12-2013

Clear and inspiring

How pleased I am to discover the work of Tara Brach on Audible. Her words are truly life changing. I try to begin every day listening to some of this book and have found it not only uplifting and inspiring but a huge help in understanding myself and in practising self compassion.

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  • Wendy Staden
  • 04-08-2016

Wonderful

Wonderful to be personally led through this difficult topic by Tara. She has such a beautiful voice (I'm from the UK & I love her gentle US accent) and conveys her words with such warmth that it feels life you are having a personal coaching session with her. I always try to listen to Tara rather than only reading her as it makes her teachings so very accessible.

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  • gerry chick
  • 19-06-2016

Life Changing

Read with loving kindness Tara takes on a journey to find true live. Self love. Practically explained in four beautiful steps whilst drawing much from the Buddhist tradition the knowledge imparted is applicable to us all.

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  • jane
  • 17-05-2015

So much good content, structured a little randomly

This book has great content and so so many great teachings within. I found it a bit fast paced ... By that I mean so many poems, quotes, stories etc were coming at you, I think I'd need to listen / read more than once to take it all in.

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  • Emily Babolhavaeji
  • 13-07-2019

really not my thing

narration sounded far too wishy washy meditation like. lots of Buddhist themes. it really was not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2019

Little gem of a book

Short, to the point, and gets the teaching across perfectly. A little gem of a book that could change a life if and when a person is ready to take it in. Thank you Tara Brach

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2018

Life changing book

This book is enjoyable and relaxing to listen to - and yet full of life changing, pain relieving, revolutionary ideas.
Thank you Tara for helping me so deeply with your gentle voice and beautiful and enlightening words.

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  • Ruth
  • 19-01-2017

Tara brach is wonderful

if you've ever struggled with loving yourself or self acceptance then I would definitely recommend this audio.

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  • Mr. M. Edwards
  • 30-01-2017

almost perfect

One minor criticism: gong/bell at end of the meditations made late-night listening less enjoyable, as the material is otherwise brilliantly suited to soothing a bout of insomnia if it weren't for the sudden unexpected harsh gong sound just as you're finally drifting off!

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