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Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of…

Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits

by Martine Batchelor

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Does what it says on the tin. Includes a good scattering of general dharma, personal anecdotes and humour.
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Everyone has negative habits — even the smallest ones can take control of us. Let Go is a much-needed guide to getting that control back. Martine Batchelor helps readers focus their minds and uncover the roots of their repetitive behaviors. For Batchelor, it's all about how we relate to our thoughts. By adopting the kind of "creative engagement" that she teaches in Let Go, readers can start to see real change, and recognize problems for what they really are: growth opportunities! Batchelor’s methods are applicable to all unwanted behavior — from the slightest undesirable recurring actions to more serious patterns of cruelty, self-abuse, and negativity. Each chapter concludes with Batchelor's expert guidance in exercises or meditations that helps readers begin to work with their harmful habits in a new, creative, and empowering way.

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"When we break free from the habits that limit us, a new world of possibilities opens up. In Let Go, Martine Batchelor leads the way there. Negative patterns of mind may manifest as fear, avoidance, depression, addiction, judgment of self or other-and any of a host of other physical, mental, or psychological forms. Let Go aims at understanding what really lies at the root of these behaviors so we can reclaim their control. Each chapter concludes with an exercise or guided meditation as a tool for the reader to work with negative habits in a new and creative way. You don't have to be a Buddhist for them to work. You just need to want to move on. Helpful exercises and guided meditations - designed to build understanding of our negative habits, as well as the confidence and skill needed to instead embrace our greatest qualities - appear throughout the book. Batchelor also looks at Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz's use of meditation to deal with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), successful combinations of meditation and Twelve-Step programs, and offers her own innovations" -- www.wisdompubs.org… (more)

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