When You're Falling, Dive: The Power of Acceptance

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This book combines the psychological concept of acceptance with ancient Buddhist teachings about the chain of interdependent origination, which provides immediately usable tools for looking at how suffering happens and how to let that go. Stressing the theme of accepting what life brings, it reveals what acceptance is and what stands in the way of being able to accept life's ups and downs. Four steps for combating resistance are also provided.
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Overview

This book combines the psychological concept of acceptance with ancient Buddhist teachings about the chain of interdependent origination, which provides immediately usable tools for looking at how suffering happens and how to let that go. Stressing the theme of accepting what life brings, it reveals what acceptance is and what stands in the way of being able to accept life's ups and downs. Four steps for combating resistance are also provided.

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“With direct, down-to-earth style, Cheri Huber challenges us to look honestly at our ways of resisting life and to discover the freedom that comes from a radical acceptance of what is. Like every authentic spiritual text, When You’re Falling, Dive is not just a book to read, but a teaching to live and realize for ourselves.”  —Thomas J. McFarlane, editor, Einstein and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

“We fall, we dive, we are illuminated by the work of Cheri Huber.”  —Sark, author/artist, Succulent Wild Woman

“This marvelously wise little book does a splendid job of teaching us how to achieve the critical mental quality of mindful acceptance and apply it as a tool for attaining tranquility and insight.”  —Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., author, The Mind and The Brain and A Return to Innocence

“For anyone struggling with self-sabotaging habits When Your Falling, Dive offers an exhilarating and effective approach to lasting transformation. Huber knows the path of compassionate self-knowledge, and she shows readers the way.”  —Pilar Gerasimo, editor, Experience Life Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971030916
  • Publisher: Keep It Simple Books
  • Publication date: 3/30/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 670,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheri Huber is the author of 19 books, including There Is Nothing Wrong with You and Time-Out for Parents. She founded the Mountain View Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in Murphys, California, and teaches in both communities. She travels widely and often, leading workshops and retreats around the United States and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica and Italy. 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, her weekly call-in radio show originating from Stanford University. She lives in Murphys, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
From the Author to the Reader
Part 1 What Acceptance Is and Why We Resist
What Is Acceptance? 2
Turning the Fall into a Dive 5
Why We Resist 7
Letting Go of Resistance 9
What Is Required 12
What's Wrong? 17
Our Problems 21
Unacceptables 30
Switching Off Resistance 34
From Unwilling to Willing 40
Who Is Afraid and of What? 43
Essential Questions 46
Loops 48
The Function of Dissatisfaction 52
Snug Little Ego Comfort Zone 57
Waking Up Into Awareness 58
How Conditioning Works: Threatening the Dictator 60
Why Wake Up? 67
Self-Talk 70
The King and the Servant 74
Part 2 How to Accept
Terrifying Tumble, Graceful Dive 80
Letting Go Into Acceptance 82
Acceptance Is a Doorway 85
Seeing Through Illusion 89
A Clearer Perspective 92
The Sequence to Watch 97
A Pair of Pitfalls 100
Embrace the Unacceptable 102
Finding the Switch 105
Movement 107
Sensation 111
Thought 132
Emotion 138
Behavior 153
An Example 155
Part 3 Acceptance, Freedom, and Possibility
We Can Wake Up 161
Being Here 164
The Zen Fool 165
Spiritual Liberation Olympics 167
The Breath 171
Accepting "What Is" 172
Energy 174
Practice 183
The World of Opposites 186
Stay Awake 197
The Compassionate Mentor 198
Steps to Success 203
Blanket of Acceptance: A Guided Imagery 207
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