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The Deepest Acceptance: A Book Giveaway

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When the publishers of Jeff Foster’s book, The Deepest Acceptance, offered to send me a copy, I said yes right away. I love self-help, especially  books that deal with personal growth and empowerment. When you look at Jeff’s picture, you wonder how someone that young can spread such sensible yet almost mystical wisdom, especially when it comes to relationships and conflict. After all, I like to think that only menopausal women have that sort of knowledge. But not true, Thanks, Jeff!

Here are two passages I underlined from the book:

But really, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world to realize that nobody can be who you need or want them to be for you. Nobody has the power to complete you. Nobody can do that for you. Nobody can be that for you.

And

When you really listen to someone, when you really listen to their perspective, their viewpoint, their expression of their experience of life, their story about what they have noticed in their world, you can always find some truth in what they are saying, however challenging, confronting, strange, extreme, and absurd their views seem at first.

Here’s a description The Deepest Acceptance from the publisher:

How can we bring an effortless yes to this moment? How do we stop running from ‘the mess of life’—our predicaments, our frustrations, and even our search for liberation—and start flowing with all of it?

Existence is rich with mystery and wonder, and sometimes, without warning, light can shine through the cracks in the separate self. For a few brief moments, there is the cosmic suggestion that life is somehow infinitely more than what it appears to be. The most ordinary of things can easily turn extraordinary, making us wonder if, perhaps, the extraordinary is hidden in the ordinary always, just waiting to be discovered.

The Deepest Acceptance: Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life, originally published in hardcover in 2012, explores the possibility of discovering that wholeness right now—not next year, not tomorrow, not “one day,” but right now, in the midst of present experience, in the midst of whatever is happening, even if what’s happening is discomfort and pain and a longing to be free.

Jeff Foster invites readers to consider who they really are: beyond who they think they are, beyond who they’ve been taught they are, beyond their story about who they are, beyond all their concepts and images of identity.

And it’s about discovering the ways in which, in forgetting who we are, in our attempts to build and hold up what basically amounts to a false, thought-constructed image of ourselves, we go to war with present experience, with each other, with the planet.

With a warm, thoughtful, and humorous candor, The Deepest Acceptance invites us to discover the ocean of who we are: an awareness that has already allowed every wave of emotion and experience to arrive.

How can we bring an effortless “yes” to this moment? How do we stop running from ‘the mess of life’—our predicaments, our frustrations, and even our search for liberation—and start flowing with all of it? The answers to these question are at the heart of Jeff’s book.

Existence is rich with mystery and wonder, and sometimes, without warning, light can shine through the cracks in the separate self. For a few brief moments, there is the cosmic suggestion that life is somehow infinitely more than what it appears to be. The most ordinary of things can easily turn extraordinary, making us wonder if, perhaps, the extraordinary is hidden in the ordinary always, just waiting to be discovered.

The Deepest Acceptance explores the possibility of discovering that wholeness right now—not next year, not tomorrow, not “one day,” but right now, in the midst of present experience, in the midst of whatever is happening, even if what’s happening is discomfort and pain and a longing to be free.

Giveaway: The publishers of The Deepest Acceptance: Radical Awakening in Ordinary Life are offing a copy to one lucky Friend for the Ride winner. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by July 1. Thanks!

Jeff Foster shares from his own awakened experience a way out of seeking fulfillment in the future and into acceptance of the present moment. The author of The Way of Rest, he studied astrophysics at Cambridge University and now lives near Brighton, England. For more information, visit lifewithoutacentre.com.