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

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

by Tara Brach

Clinical Psychologist and Buddhism expert Tara Brach, PhD, shares her insights about working with pain and suffering, meeting our edge and softening, and the simple but profound technique she uses with clients to bring mindful awareness into their daily lives.

Editors Note: The following is adapted from Tara Brach’s forthcoming book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, January 22, 2013). 

My earliest memories of being happy are of playing in the ocean. When our family began going to Cape Cod in the summer, the low piney woods, high dunes, and wide sweep of white sand felt like a true home. We spent hours at the beach, diving into the waves, bodysurfing, practicing somersaults underwater. Summer after summer, our house filled with friends and family—and later, with spouses and new children. It was a shared heaven. The smell of the air, the open sky, the ever-inviting sea made room for everything in my life—including whatever difficulties I was carrying in my heart. 


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Tara BrachTara Brach, PhD., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer, and popular teacher of Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana) meditation. She is founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, and teaches meditation at centers throughout the United States. Tara has offered speeches and workshops for mental health practitioners at numerous professional conferences. These, along with her many audio talks and videos address the value of meditation in relieving emotional suffering and serving spiritual awakening. Dr. Brach is the author of Radical Acceptance (Bantam, 2003) and True Refuge (Bantam, 2013.) www.tarabrach.com
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  • Develop an understanding of the key components of mindfulness as it applies to psychotherapy.
  • Apply the mindfulness technique, "RAIN," developed by Buddhist teachers, for use in clinical work with clients. 
  • Describe the possibility for deeper happiness that can emerge from allowing and softening to the most difficult of human experiences. 
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