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Suffering is optional : a spiritual guide to freedom from self-judgment & feelings of inadequacy

Author: Gail F Brenner
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Reveal Press, an imprint of New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Millions of people feel that they are not good enough. They may struggle every day, seeing themselves as deficient, pathetic, or damaged, and destined to fail. They convince themselves they aren't worthy of love or respect, and view themselves with self-hatred. When you believe and cling to painful, self-defeating thoughts like "I can't do it," "It won't work," or "I'm a loser," they become your personal  Read more...
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Brenner, Gail F.
Suffering is optional.
Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications, Inc., [2018]
(DLC) 2017058807
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gail F Brenner
ISBN: 9781684030156 1684030153
OCLC Number: 1015258930
Description: ix, 206 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Laying the groundwork. Discovering freedom --
Exploring identity --
Core practice #1: Turning toward your experience --
Core practice #2: The safe haven of being aware --
Core practice #3: Losing interest in thoughts --
Core practice #4: Welcome feelings --
Welcoming feelings --
Core practice #5: The sacred return --
Living free. A fresh relationship with your past --
The pain of taking things personally --
Living the awakened life --
Appendix: Four guiding principles and five core practices.
Responsibility: Gail Brenner, PhD.

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Presenting four guiding principles and five core practices based in deep spiritual wisdom, clinical psychologist Gail Brenner shows readers who struggle with self-defeating thoughts and feelings of  Read more...

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