Acceptance Isn’t Surrender
Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. A clinical psychologist, she has practiced and taught meditation for more than 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness) meditation. I found her book Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha very helpful. She does a weekly podcast which is available from iTunes or her website. You do not need to be buddhist to use the tools and concepts she presents.
Get Carried Away, an article from Sally Kempton. “You’ve tried everything and still aren’t where you want to be. So stop struggling and let life move through you.”
Acceptance Pt. 2
UCLA Mindfulness Research Center Podcasts: Several free mindfulness meditation podcasts which can be listened to from their page or from iTunes. If you are dealing with pain or emotional difficulty, I recommend “Meditation for Working with Difficulties.” In this meditation, you use areas in the body that feel good as a grounding place for working with areas of pain. Hands and feet are used as examples of places without pain. But, if you are like me, there are many days when my pain is located in my hands and feet. In those instances, refer back to the areas that feel good for YOU, not necessarily your hands or feet.
Sacred Pause by Karen Sothers. Great introduction to working with the breath in meditation.
Playing the Edge
Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali
The Heart of Yoga by T.K.V.Desikacher: Appendix contains translation of the Sutras that is relatively easy to work with.
The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi: First translation of the Sutras from a female perspective.
Playing the Edge
Excerpts from Erich Shiffman’s book.
A New Look at Yoga: Playing the Edge of Mind and Body by Joel Kramer: Published in 1977, this article was the first to use the phrase.