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Emotional Alchemy

How the Mind Can Heal the Heart
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Paperback Book
January, 2002
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$22.99 CAD
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Tara Bennett-Goleman, a psychotherapist, and her husband, Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, have been offering workshops on the synthesis of Buddhism and psychotherapy for years. Now, in Emotional Alchemy, she maps the mind and shows how, according to recent advances in cognitive therapy, most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns (maladaptive patterns known as “schemas,” emotional habits which operate as powerful lenses on our reality, leading us to mistake how things seem for how they actually are), such as:

ª  Fear of abandonment

ª  Deprivation (“My needs won’t be met”)

ª  Subjugation (“It’s always your way, never mine”)

ª  Mistrust (“People can’t be trusted”)

ª  Unlovability (“I’m not lovable”)

ª  Social exclusion (“I don’t belong”)

ª  Vulnerability (an exaggerated fear that some catastrophe may strike)

ª  Feeling like a failure underneath it all

ª  Entitlement (“Rules don’t apply to me”).

Through the simple practice of mindfulness taught in this book, we can free ourselves of such patterns and replace them with empathy for ourselves and others, as well as the freedom to be more creative and alive.

Bennett-Goleman explores recent findings in cognitive neuroscience—including the neurological “magic quarter second,” during which it is possible for a thought to be “caught” before it turns into an emotional reaction. And she confirms the ancient Buddhist understanding of how we can catch the thoughts that lead to these troubled states of being and thereby end our self-destructive habits. In other words, “how the mind can heal the heart.”

Weaving ancient Buddhist teaching stories with beautifully told anecdotes about how people have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating impulses, Emotional Alchemy teaches us to practice mindfulness, an awareness that lets us see things as they truly are without distortion or judgment, while giving us the most insightful explanations of how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but the very structure of our brains. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives, including many practical exercises that allow readers to use mindfulness to change their own lives.

“A wonderfully clear, compassionate, and insightful guide to freeing ourselves from difficult emotions.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

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For those who are ready to let go of the emotional patterns that keep them from the fullness of life, here is a whole new way of approaching relationships, work, and inner life. This book weaves ancient Buddhist teaching stories and recent findings in cognitive neuroscience with anecdotes of people who have used mindfulness to conquer their self-defeating impulses. Practical exercises are included that allow readers to use mindfulness to change their own lives.

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