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Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline [NOOK Book]

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According
to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a
little better in some way, we would be happy: “Life isn't the way it should be
and it's my fault!” But, Huber says, no amount of self-punishment...

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Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

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Overview






According
to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a
little better in some way, we would be happy: “Life isn't the way it should be
and it's my fault!” But, Huber says, no amount of self-punishment
will ever make us happy or bring us control over life’s problems.





The help we are looking for is really found
in self-acceptance and kindness toward ourselves. By simply allowing ourselves
to be guided by our innate intelligence and generosity, which are our authentic
nature, we are able to be compassionately present to what’s happening now. Compassionate
self-discipline—the will to take positive steps in life—is found through nothing
other than being present. When we are present and aware, we are not engaged in
distracting, addictive behaviors. If we simply cultivate our ability to pay
attention and focus on what is here in this moment, our experience can be
authentic, awake, honest, and joyful.

The book includes a guided thirty-day
program of daily meditation, contemplation, and journaling.

For more information on the author, Cheri Huber, visit her website at cherihuber.com.



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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Huber has been a Zen teacher for many years, but this does not feel at all like a Zen book. Huber's works—generally self-published—have always featured simple, doodle-like illustrations and a "handwritten" look, like a glimpse into a private journal—recalling the cards of Ashleigh Brilliant or a noodle-shop menu from the 1970s. This volume focuses on self-development—breaking bad habits and forming good ones—and the warmth of Huber's style and advice reinforce her message that self-acceptance, rather than self-punishment, is more likely to result in the changes we seek. For most collections.


—Graham Christian
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 "Huber has been a Zen teacher for many years, but this does not feel at all like a Zen book. . . . The warmth of Huber's style and advice reinforce her message that self-acceptance, rather than punishment, is more likely to result in the changes we seek."—Library Journal

"Huber challenges us to see our resistances and to accept our conditioned thoughts and behaviors—to live in the present moment with awareness."—Spirituality & Health magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834822566
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/21/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 317,300
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cheri Huber is a Zen teacher and the author of eighteen popular books. She founded A Center for the Practice of Zen Buddhist Meditation in Mountain View, California, in 1983, and the Zen Monastery Retreat Center in Murphys, California, in 1987. She founded Living Compassion in 2003, a nonprofit group comprised of There Is Nothing Wrong with You Retreats (based on the book); Global Community for Peace: The Assisi Peace Project; The Africa Vulnerable Children Project; and Open Air Talk Radio, which she hosts weekly. She lives in Murphys, California.

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From Chapter 1: Compassionate Self-Discipline and Presence: The Opportunity as We See It

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Table of Contents


Compassionate Self-Discipline and Presence     1
Who's Talking?     14
Meditation     26
Disidentification     36
Egocentric Karmic Conditioning     49
Mentoring: Kind and Wise Support     63
Self-Discipline and Eating     75
Self-Discipline and Time Management     83
Self-Discipline vs. Self-Improvement     88
Awareness Practice     90
Guided Retreat: 30 Days of Compassionate Self-Discipline     91
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  • Posted January 15, 2013

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    This book along with her other books is amazing. It offers the

    This book along with her other books is amazing. It offers the everyday person and simple and easy understanding of buddhist zen principles. Not as a "belief" system but as a set of usable tools to help you better yourself and your life. Written in an easy, open style. Easy to digest in pieces or a whole. The "guided retreat" at the end of the book is a truly surprising exercise for a month. Even if you have never read a self-help book before read this. I also highly reccomend "There Is Really Nothing Wrong With You"

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