EDIZIONE ITALIANA A CURA DI GIOVAMBATTISTA PRESTI Quando il mondo ci crolla addosso può farlo in modi molto diversi. A volte accade con una tale violenza che pare annientarci: è il caso della morte di una persona amata, di una malattia grave, un incidente inaspettato, la disabilità di un figlio, la perdita del lavoro… Altre volte, invece, la realtà ci colpisce in modo meno devastante ma altrettanto diretto, come quando ci sentiamo sopraffatti dall’invidia verso qualcuno che ha quello che desidereremmo avere, dalla solitudine nei momenti in cui misuriamo la distanza fra noi e gli altri, dal risentimento tutte le volte che ci sentiamo trattati ingiustamente, dalla frustrazione per aver fallito un certo traguardo... In qualsiasi modo avvenga una cosa è certa: fa male! E spesso non si è preparati a gestire il dolore, soprattutto se imprevisto. Questo libro, scritto dall'autore del bestseller La trappola della felicità, adotta l'approccio ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, basato sulla mindfulness e scientificamente dimostrato. Leggendolo imparerete a resistere agli urti della vita trovando un modo appagante di vivere la realtà anche quando fra questa e i vostri desideri esiste uno scarto difficile da colmare. Utilizzando i principi dell’ACT scoprirete come: • trovare la pace in mezzo alla sofferenza • conquistare la calma nonostante il caos • orientarvi nelle tempeste emotive • aumentare il senso di connessione con voi stessi e con gli altri • utilizzare le vostre emozioni dolorose per coltivare saggezza e tolleranza • trovare appagamento anche quando non è realistico avere ciò che si vorrebbe • guarire dalle ferite e diventare più forti. Questo è un libro che può cambiare la vostra vita. Accedi al gruppo facebook
A tutti noi capita di attraversare periodi in cui il mondo sembra crollarci addosso e cospirare contro la nostra serenità. Proprio in quei momenti, ci insegna Pema Chödrön, possiamo trovare la nostra natura più vera e, accettando i nostri limiti, rinascere come fenici dalle ceneri di ciò che credevamo di temere. “Quando ci manca la terra sotto i piedi e non riusciamo a trovare nulla a cui aggrapparci soffriamo molto. [...] Potrebbe anche sembrare romantico come concetto, ma quando la verità ci inchioda, soffriamo eccome. Ci guardiamo allo specchio del bagno, ed eccoci lì, con i nostri brufoli, la nostra faccia che invecchia, la nostra mancanza di gentilezza, la nostra aggressività e la nostra timidezza – tutta quella roba lì. Ed è qui che entra in ballo la tenerezza. Quando tutto traballa e nulla funziona, potremmo renderci conto che siamo sull’orlo di qualcosa. Potremmo renderci conto di essere in un posto molto vulnerabile e tenero, e che la tenerezza può prendere direzioni diverse. Possiamo chiuderci e fare gli offesi, oppure possiamo cercare di sfiorare questa qualità che palpita. C’è senz’altro qualcosa di tenero e palpitante nel sentirsi mancare la terra sotto i piedi. È una specie di prova, di cui i guerrieri spirituali hanno bisogno per risvegliare i loro cuori. Talvolta è a causa della malattia o della morte che noi ci ritroviamo in questo posto.”
When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. “What do we do when life doesn’t go the way we hoped?” begins Pema “We say, ‘I’m a failure.” But what if failing wasn’t just “okay,” but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown—in ourselves and in the world—and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For Pema’s millions of readers, prospective graduates, or anyone at a life crossroads, this gem of clarity and reassurance is sure to find a welcome place in many a kitchen, office, and backpack.
Popular myths about love set us up for a struggle with real life. The inconvenient truth is there's no such thing as a perfect partner, all couples fight, and feelings of love come and go like the weather. But that doesn't mean you can't have a joyful and romantic relationship. Through a simple program based on the revolutionary new mindfulness-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you can learn to handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively and engage fully in the process of living and loving together.
Originally published: London: Pan Books, 2014.
Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it's public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don't feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it. Drawing on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, The Confidence Gap explains how to: • Free yourself from common misconceptions about what confidence is and how to build it • Transform your relationship with fear and anxiety • Clarify your core values and use them as your inspiration and motivation • Use mindfulness to effectively handle negative thoughts and feelings.
'A writer of virtuostic talents who can seemingly do anything' New York Times 'Wallace is a superb comedian of culture . . . his exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight' James Wood, Guardian 'He induces the kind of laughter which, when read in bed with a sleeping partner, wakes said sleeping partner up . . . He's damn good' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'One of the best books about addiction and recovery to appear in recent memory' Sunday Times Somewhere in the not-so-distant future the residents of Ennet House, a Boston halfway house for recovering addicts, and students at the nearby Enfield Tennis Academy are ensnared in the search for the master copy of Infinite Jest, a movie said to be so dangerously entertaining its viewers become entranced and expire in a state of catatonic bliss . . .
The principal event in the history of the world is the revolution by which the noblest portions of humanity have forsaken the ancient religions, which are classed together under the vague name of Paganism, for a religion founded on the Divine Unity, the Trinity, and the Incarnation of the Son of God. Nearly a thousand years were required to achieve this conversion. The new religion itself took at least three hundred years in its formation. But the origin of the revolution in question is a historical event which happened in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius. At that time there lived a man of supreme personality, who, by his bold originality, and by the love which he was able to inspire, became the object, and settled the direction, of the future faith of mankind
Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller. Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone. For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fianc�. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise. Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
CLASSIC SELF-HELP FROM A RESPECTED PIONEER OF PSYCHOTHERAPY All of us worry about something, big or small, every day. But much of the emotional misery we feel is an overreaction, and it can be significantly reduced, using the techniques you’ll find in this landmark book. World renowned therapist Dr. Albert Ellis, who created Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), believed that anger, anxiety, and depression are not only unnecessary, they’re unethical, because when we allow ourselves to become emotionally upset, we’re being unfair and unjust to ourselves. Thinking negative thoughts is a choice we can refuse to make. Applying the proven, time-tested principles of REBT is a simple, logical way to find true mental health and happiness. REBT acknowledges the power of emotions, but it also helps us understand which feelings are healthy and which are not. This classic book teaches you how to: *Retrain your brain to focus on the positive aspects of your life and face each obstacle without unnecessary despair *Control your emotional destiny *Refuse to upset yourself about upsetting yourself *Solve practical problems as well as emotional problems *Conquer the tyranny of “shoulds” ...and much more, providing all the tools you need to take back your life—and your happiness. If you can refuse to make yourself miserable, you’re that much closer to making yourself happy—every day.
This absorbing account of a dialogue between leading Western scientists and the foremost representative of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, features narration by Francisco Varela, an internationally recognized neuroscientist. Engrossing and highly readable, the conversations will be of merit to any reader interested in psychology, neuroscience, Buddhism, or the alternative worlds of dreams. 10 illustrations. 3 color photos.
Describes the evolution of cuisines from both the East and West, their influence on the rest of the world, and taboos associated with certain foods and drinks.
Rico has been banished to society's margins; he has neither a roof over his head nor a steady income on which to depend. When a friend and fellow clochard dies of exposure after a night spent in the Paris metro, Rico decides to flee the northern cold for his beloved south, for Marseilles and the Mediterranean. From the celebrated author of the Marseilles Trilogy, this is both an affecting on-the-road novel and a tender exploration of love's power both to heal and to destroy.
Explains how to apply Zen principles to create and maintain loving relationships, outlining thirteen essential practices that offer advice on how to overcome such challenges as miscommunication, insecurity, and jealousy. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Discussions which raise central psychological and spiritual issues facing mankind. They should help to elucidate many points for those already familiar with the author's ideas. Others, reading him for the first time, may be struck by the clarity of his insights and their challenging message.