the light enters us where we’ve been wounded: radical acceptance


As happens in any addiction, the behaviors we use to keep us from pain only fuel our suffering. Not only do our escape strategies amplify the feeling that something is wrong with us, they stop us from attending to the very parts of ourselves that most need our attention to heal. – Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

The poet Rumi saw clearly the relationship between our wounds and our awakening. He counseled, “Don’t turn away. Keep your gaze on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” — Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance

More posts that feature Tara Brach on this blog:

●  listen to pain’s message and respond appropriately—taking good care (radical acceptance)

●  Accepting Absolutely Everything

●  Our ideas are not truth: a little (funny) dharma lesson

●  Gossip Demeans Ourselves and Others

●  Vulnerability and intimacy

●  Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation

●  The Mystery of Who We Are

●  A moment of calm — Tara Brach

I found both the below book and guided meditations greatly inspiring. These are excellent introductory materials that can apply to anyone regardless of whether one is drawn to Buddhism. Tara Brach is also a psychologist and draws from her practice when sharing her thoughts in the book.

●  Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha (paperback)

●  Radical Acceptance: Guided Meditations (audio CD)

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters