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Emotional Alchemy

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Full of Buddhist wisdom and stories of how people have used mindfulness to conquer self defeating emotional habits.

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Alchemists sought to transform lead into gold. In the same way, says Tara Bennett-Goleman, we all have the natural ability to turn our moments of confusion or emotional turmoil into insightful clarity.

Emotional Alchemy maps the mind and shows how, according to recent advances in cognitive therapy, most of what troubles us falls into basic emotional patterns, including fear of abandonment, social exclusion (the feeling we don’t belong), and vulnerability (the feeling that some catastrophe will occur).

Through the simple practice of mindfulness taught in this book, we can free ourselves of such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, as well as the freedom to be more creative and alive.


"Psychotherapist and teacher Bennett-Goleman explores the magic quarter-second, where a potentially negative thought can be captured, examined and ultimately robbed of its power to bring about an undesirable emotional reaction."    ~Library Journal

"We all desire happiness and do not want suffering. The Dalai Lama introduces Bennett-Goleman's first book with this trademark refrain, adding the deceptively simple Buddhist truth that much suffering is caused by our 'disturbing emotions'. Bennett-Goleman, a psychotherapist and longtime student of Buddhist meditation, draws on decades of experience to elucidate how the Buddhist practices of nonjudgmental awareness or mindfulness and the cultivation of compassion can unclasp the grip of the most addictive and deeply entrenched emotional patterns."   ~Publishers Weekly

"Once the person is aware of the intent to move, Ubet discovered, there is another quarter-second before the movement begins. This window is crucial: it is the moment when we have the capacity to go along with the impulse or to reject it. The will, one could say, resides here, in this quarter-second. This window offers us the chance to break the chain instead of blindly following our impulse.

In an automatic, mindless sequence, the impulse to act flows into the action without any conscious consideration of whether we want to go along with it or not. At the root of every emotion is the urge to act; impulse is inherent in emotion. And more often than not, we act these emotional impulses out without a moment of consideration: we feel, and we act accordingly, without pausing to think about it. Anger translates into lashing out; fear into withdrawal; hurt into tears.

This is where mindfulness can be emotionally freeing: it brings an active awareness to our otherwise automatic emotional patterns, interposing a reflecting consciousness between emotional impulse and action. And that breaks the chain of emotional habit."

Author Bennett-Goleman, Tara
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 417 pp.
Publisher Three Rivers Press 2002
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