How much do I want to read more? 7/10
On one hand, I find it very deep and important subject.
Just the firt few pages of the book contains insights I'm glad I read.
On the other hand, the author seems a bit out of this world, and I'm expecting lots of pages that doesn't worth the read, at least for me.
I live my life in widening circles
That reach out across the world.
I may not ever complete the last one,
But I give myself to it.
-- RAINER MARIA RILKE
After countless hours listening to the thoughts of the dying, the caregiver summed up their greatest regret with these words: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.”
What does it mean to live true to yourself? Do you feel that your life is aligned with what matters to your heart? Are you living true to yourself—today? Right now?
being loving, present, and authentic. being honest, serving others, serving the world. expressing their creativity, believing in their own worthiness, and working at what they love.
Instead, they get caught up in reactivity—selfjudgment, blaming others, pettiness, selfishness, living on autopilot.
“Each day there’s a big gap between what’s possible and how I’m actually living my life. And with that comes an ever-lurking sense of personal failure.”
Yet this very suffering—feeling deficient and disconnected—has also been my most fertile ground for waking up.
an insight that has profoundly changed my life: I have to love myself into healing. The only path that can carry me home is the path of self-compassion.
I’m telling myself, “Please, be kind.” This turning toward loving presence is the gateway to living true to ourselves.
“Radical compassion” means including the vulnerability of this life —all life—in our heart. It means having the courage to love ourselves, each other, and our world. Radical compassion is rooted in mindful, embodied presence.
This book will help you respond to life in a way that expresses the truth and depth and spirit of who you are. This is the gift of RAIN: living from your full potential.
They tell me they can finally hold themselves with compassion and bring this same compassion to others. And they talk about the gift of inner freedom, of realizing who they are, beyond any story of self.
Part 1 is an overview of each step of RAIN.
It enable us to be more present with ourselves and others.
Part 2 guides you in bringing RAIN to your inner life.
Part 3 takes our journey into the field of relationships.
What strikes me again and again is how RAIN cultivates a trust in our own basic goodness and by extension helps us recognize and trust that same light shining through all beings.
PART I: How Attention Heals
ONE: RAIN Creates a Clearing
Do not try to save the whole world or do anything grandiose. Instead, create a clearing in the dense forest of your life.
-- MARTHA POSTLEWAITE