Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart


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Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart by Tara Bennett-Goleman

“May this very important and enticing book find its way into the hearts of readers near and far so that it can perform its mysterious and healing alchemy for the benefit of all.” —John Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and
Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Transformative Power of Mindfulness

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 pain 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 ten basic emotional patterns, including fear of abandonment, social exclusion (the feeling that we don’t belong), and vulnerability (the feeling that some catastrophe will occur). This remarkable book also teaches us how we can free ourselves of such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others through the simple practice of mindfulness, an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment. Emotional Alchemy provides an insightful explanation of how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains, giving us the freedom to be more creative and alive.

Here is a beautifully rendered work full of Buddhist wisdom and stories of how people have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating habits. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609809037
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 01/22/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 294,448
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

TARA BENNETT-GOLEMAN, a psychotherapist and teacher, has been offering workshops on the synthesis of Buddhism and psychotherapy for close to ten years with her husband, Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is for anyone searching for a work that blends buddhist psychology - - meditation and mindfulness work - - with cognitive therapy. A very enjoyable and accessible read with practical exercises at the end of each chapter for the reader to complete. An important work that deserves the recognition that 'The Art of Happiness' by the Dalai Lama and 'Emotional Intelligence' by Daniel Goleman have received. Well worth the investment. A natural follow-up would be a more in-depth workbook/manual/guidebook providing an actual schema assessment/evaluation tool and additional exercises - - I was left wanting more in this area.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Walks you through forgiveness and how to love yourself.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've found this book to be immense help in recognizing repetitive thought patterns that no longer are useful or helpful me. Tara's book not only helps me recognize these common patterns, but also gives me a new way of working with them. I've read many self-help books but none have been so helpful and practical. It's also been helpful for me to realize that these thought patterns are not unique to me (i.e. not alone), but are common. With mindfulness and practice, they can be changed. This book has touched my life and my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with much of what I found in this book, although nothing in it was new to me. I'm sorry to say the hype around this book is more impressive than the book itself. Anything that can manage to get the Dalai Lama's name attached to it seems to be an instant hit no matter what the actual content or quality. On the bright side, however, the same day I bought this book I also discovered a little gem called 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom' by Taro Gold. To my surprise and delight, I actually found many more unique, refreshing and thought-provoking concepts in 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been excellent in helping me refine and eradicate repetitive problems and patterns in my closest relationships. It has helped me stay positive and connect to something larger than my immediate difficulties. I can't recommend it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only recently begun to delve into how I can apply Buddhist teachings and philosophies to my everyday life in an effort to live more in the present and become a happier person. I decided to give this book a try, and I was blown away by the powerful message. I have read all sorts of self-help books, which have gotten me through some tough times because of their positive messages. But this book and its topic really touch something deep inside me like no other book has been able to do. Even though the author conveys that healing is a long process, I have nevertheless been able to get immediate benefit out of the breathing mindfulness techniques she describes, and that are also described in similar materials I have read. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking inner peace.