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Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0609809032, Paperback)According to ancient legends, alchemists use a magical philosopher's stone to transmute lead into gold. In Emotional Alchemy, Tara Bennett-Goleman shows readers how they can use this alchemist metaphor to transform emotional confusion (lead) into insightful clarity (gold). And what does the magic stone represent? "Mindfulness," a lifelong practice that can bring readers more joy and contentment than the gold, according to Bennett-Goleman. "Mindfulness means seeing things as they are without trying to change them," she writes. "The point is to dissolve our reactions to disturbing emotions, being careful not to reject the emotion itself."
Those who have never entered this practice will find a concise and articulate teacher in Bennett-Goleman, who leads national workshops with her husband, author Daniel Goleman (Emotional Intelligence). What make this book such an exciting breakthrough is Bennett-Goleman's ability to apply Buddhist mindfulness to Western psychology. She shows how emotional alchemy can be used to address typical habits, such as mistrust, fear of rejection, feeling unlovable. Readers will also find fascinating scientific facts on how emotional alchemy affects brain chemistry and even cancer survival. --Gail Hudson
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"Introduces the Buddhist practice of mindfulness, the ability to perceive without judging, to have emotions without their coming to the fore. This practice flows well into cognitive-behavioral therapy's idea that we can change the way we think, if only we can isolate ourselves from the feeling as we have it. Bennett-Goleman takes us through the use of mindfulness to handle the emotional patterns into which we fall; she isolates ten of them, including fear of abandonment, fear of failure, and social exclusion. If we can but perfect our practice, we can be freed from these patterns."--Container.
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