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Powerful Inspiration for Facing Difficult Emotions

Tara Brach On the Healing Power of Deliberate Practice

Emotional pain.

We all resist it, and what Tara calls our “survival brain” has hundreds of clever ways to do just that. But in this quick video clip for our Wisdom webcast series, Tara recasts the situation with some simple emotional math: Pain multiplied by resistance equals suffering.  

She goes on to explain how cultivating deliberate practice–training ourselves to stay with what’s emotionally difficult or uncomfortable–yields great benefits, personally and professionally. It not only makes us wiser as people, it allows us to become more attuned to our clients and better able to help them.

We’ve been completely energized by this conversation with Tara and think you’ll find this 3-minute clip a real inspiration. Let us know what you think.

This is a great example of what our 6 Faces of Wisdom webcast series offers: Practical ways to strengthen the capacities that makes us wiser, not as an end in itself, but with the clear goal of making us more effective therapists.

This stimulating, enjoyable webcast series features six of psychotherapy’s most admired practitioners–Tara Brach, Eugene Gendlin, Irvin Yalom, Mary Pipher, Ron Siegel, and Nobel-laureate Daniel Kahneman. They’ll turn esoteric notions of wisdom upside-down by demonstrating three very practical things:

  • Wisdom can be learned.
  • It doesn’t take a lifetime (or even a long time) to learn it.
  • Becoming a wiser therapist has real practical value in the consulting room.

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Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C. A clinical psychologist and Western teacher of Buddhism, Brach is known for integrating psychotherapy with a range of meditative and mindfulness practices. Her books include Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha and, most recently, True Refuge: Three Gateways to a Fearless Heart.

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3 Responses to Powerful Inspiration for Facing Difficult Emotions

  1. Lovely. I sincerely miss not being able to attend. I’ve tried, and failed, to buy from you your SEASON PASS (March, 16th), and I got the answer that my e-mail address is unknown, and I found myself unable to get any further in my intent of purchasing this..
    I wrote to you something meaning please help, but got no answer so far.
    Please, help, I really want to buy it…
    Thani you for your answer, any answer, please…
    Thanks in advance,

  2. indigobunting says:

    Thank you. This IS inspiring and encouraging.Sometime mindfulness talk is so vague. Not this. Good work.

    Rockville MD

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