The Deepest Acceptance: Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life

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How can we bring an effortless yes to this moment? How do we stop running from "the mess of life"-our predicaments, our frustrations, even our search for liberation-and start flowing with all of it?

In small venues throughout the UK and Europe, a young teacher named Jeff Foster is quietly awakening a new generation of spiritual inquirers to the experience of abiding presence and peace in our ever-shifting world. His informal gatherings, blogs, ...

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Overview

How can we bring an effortless yes to this moment? How do we stop running from "the mess of life"-our predicaments, our frustrations, even our search for liberation-and start flowing with all of it?

In small venues throughout the UK and Europe, a young teacher named Jeff Foster is quietly awakening a new generation of spiritual inquirers to the experience of abiding presence and peace in our ever-shifting world. His informal gatherings, blogs, and "kitchen-table video posts" have created a rising tide of interest in his teachings.

With The Deepest Acceptance, Jeff Foster invites us to discover the ocean of who we are: an awareness that has already allowed every wave of emotion and experience to arrive.

While Jeff delightfully admits the irony of writing a book to convey something that is beyond words to teach, here he confirms his ability to guide us in unexpected new ways to a space of absolute acceptance and joy, no matter what's happening in our lives.

Candid, thoughtful, humorous-and deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way out of suffering-this refreshing new luminary inspires us to stop trying to "do" acceptance . and start falling in love with "what has already been allowed."

Jeff Foster writes and speaks from his own awakened experience to help show the way out of seeking fulfillment in the future and into the acceptance of "all this, here and now." He studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. Following a period of depression and physical illness, he embarked on an intensive spiritual search that came to an end with the discovery that life itself was what he had always been seeking.

"Just as the ocean accepts every wave, so too has our awareness already allowed and accepted what is here."-Jeff Foster

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book arrives with little fanfare, but has something important to say. Foster, an English-born student of astrophysics, shares his difficult journey toward acceptance of the mess, the variegated experiences, of life itself: “Our deepest fear…is the fear of life.” Foster writes clearly and sincerely, addressing issues like suffering, addictions, and love.
VERDICT Nonsectarian, unassuming, and accessible, Foster’s book achieves substantial commonsense wisdom; highly recommended for the general reader.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Wise, spacious, and loving. Teachings that can free the heart."
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Lamp in the Darkness and A Path With Heart

"Jeff Foster is an honest seeker who has unraveled the many trappings of seeking through his faithfulness to the humble ground of being here, now."
-Mark Nepo, author of Staying Awake and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen

"The Deepest Acceptance is the story of a merciful awareness, which offers us the heart's inborn destination we were born to discover. Love is the highest form of acceptance. Judgment is the mechanics of non-acceptance."
-Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live

"Written with warmth, humility and a gentle but penetrating honesty, Jeff invites the reader to explore those places in themselves that they would most want to avoid and to find there, at their heart, the very thing they were seeking. However, long after the words have faded from memory, the intelligence and love with which they are written remain behind and that is the true gift of this beautiful book.
-Rupert Spira

"Jeff has achieved something wonderful with this honest and insightful book - something that benefits all of us and sheds much-needed light on the mystery we call life."
-Stephen Gawtry, Managing Editor, Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine

"This book is a constant invitation to not leave spiritual awakening where it is often left, as a search for experiences, a way to avoid the messiness of life or some sort of head trip. It invites you into every nook and cranny of life's experience, leaving no stone unturned."
-Scott Kiloby

"Throughout The Deepest Acceptance, Jeff Foster offers sentence after sentence that penetrate the mind and heart in a fresh, thrilling,life-changing way."
-Raphael Cushnir, author of The One Thing Holding You Back and Surfing Your Inner Sea

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604078558
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 262,970
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Foster studied astrophysics at Cambridge University. Following a period of depression and physical illness, he embarked on an intensive spiritual search that came to an end with the discovery that life itself was what he had always been seeking. He resides near Brighton, England. For more information about Jeff Foster's work, visit lifewithoutacentre.com.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Author's Note xi

Part I Awakening to Deep Acceptance

The Wholeness of Life 3

Why Do We Suffer? 19

The Ocean of Acceptance 51

An Exploration of Present-Moment Awareness 67

Part II Deep Acceptance in Everyday Life

Pain and Illness 125

Love, Relationships, and Radical Honesty 159

Addictions 241

The Search for Spiritual Enlightenment 275

About the Author 287

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    This book is really coming to terms with you you are and accepti

    This book is really coming to terms with you you are and accepting yourself how God made you. The author talks a lot about showing compassion, not only to others, but to ourselves as well. Foster also discusses the ordinary things in life that often lead to a spiritual awakening and gently leads us on the path toward our own life's journey as it is meant to be. I was impressed and awed by this book.

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