Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

Making a Change for Good A Guide to Compassionate Self Discipline According to Zen teacher Cheri Huber we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way we would be happy Life isn t the way it should be and it s my fault But Huber says

  • Title: Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline
  • Author: Cheri Huber
  • ISBN: 9781590302088
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

    According to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way, we would be happy Life isn t the way it should be and it s my fault But, Huber says, no amount of self punishment will ever make us happy or bring us control over life s problems The help we are looking for is really found in self acceptance and kindness tAccording to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way, we would be happy Life isn t the way it should be and it s my fault But, Huber says, no amount of self punishment will ever make us happy or bring us control over life s problems The help we are looking for is really found in self acceptance and kindness toward ourselves By simply allowing ourselves to be guided by our innate intelligence and generosity, which are our authentic nature, we are able to be compassionately present to what s happening now Compassionate self discipline the will to take positive steps in life is found through nothing other than being present When we are present and aware, we are not engaged in distracting, addictive behaviors If we simply cultivate our ability to pay attention and focus on what is here in this moment, our experience can be authentic, awake, honest, and joyful The book includes a guided thirty day program of daily meditation, contemplation, and journaling.

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    1. Patty

      I first read this book in 2007, and could never make it past Day 2 of the 30-day guided retreat in the back. Now, three years later, I've read the book many more times and I'm finishing up my fifth retreat. Tomorrow I will start again at Day 1. Like much of Zen practice, this book can take a while to sink in, but once it does, it's remarkable how profound it can be. I feel like I can take on any project with the support of this program and its constant reminders that it's not what I do, but how [...]

    2. susie

      it's sort of new agey but I like the way this author explains how we treat ourselves and try to sabotage ourselves when trying to make difficult changes in our lives - and she offers framework for a 30-day "retreat" (challenge, with daily guidance) to kickstart change in a new mindsetst if read after reading another book by her, ie "there is nothing wrong with you", which I highly recommend and will help this book make more sense to a new reader.I haven't done the 30-day thing but I will start t [...]

    3. Liz!

      This book changed (and is still changing) the relationships I have with myself so drastically that sometimes I want to send Cheri Huber a letter and tell her that she's incredibly awesome and other times I want to send this book to every person I know and ask them to please read it. It's that good.

    4. Melissa

      Transformative. I read this book as soon as it came out but was never able to get very far into the 30 day retreat. I just finished my first 30 day retreat and today is the first day of my second. The work is truly life-changing.

    5. Greta

      This book is just a nice reminder of how to understand and be kind to yourself in order to help you move forward in a more compassionate, effective and joyful manner.

    6. Kimberly

      Making a change for good is mainly for beginners learning self discovery. The book talks about creative ways to grow as a person and ways to eliminate social conditioning. The book is full of exercises to help guide you on your journey. For a beginner's book, I feel it's a good start.

    7. Jon Stout

      Cheri Huber’s book on Buddhist meditation is helpful on a very human level. Even though I have previously voiced reservations about meditation, namely that sometimes I want to listen to and cultivate my inner narrative rather than letting it go, still Huber’s book helps me when I do meditate and, more importantly, in the rest of my daily life.One of the things that Huber does is to draw attention to the negative voice that occurs (at least in my life) when I think of an awkward or painful mo [...]

    8. Farrah

      Such a great book for a westerner to start practicing the principles of Zen and understanding the self and how it relates to the world around us. I am going to start the 30 Day retreat in a few days. I like the way it is guided meditation and journaling to bring about a change. Often we want change to happen quickly but don't know how to bring it about and quickly just give up. This book offers a great method.

    9. Violet

      Quick, straight-forward read - good perspective (Zen Buddhism) that talks about social conditioning and how to move beyond it. I wish I could remember where the book was originally mentioned - and what prompted me to request it from the library - so I could see if it lived up to that context. The 30 day practice was interesting; other reviews have noted that it need to be repeated before it really sinks in.

    10. Rachel

      I just started reading this book. It is a really easy and quick read, but it also takes time to do the activities and PRACTICE. Huber's books are based in the Zen philosophy. She also runs meditation retreats which I am very interested in attending in the future. I will let you know what we learned when the Diva's have finished this project.

    11. Nikki Morse

      This is my second time through Making a Change for Good, and it's one of the better personal growth books out there. It explores the way that self-punishment can be an effective way to NOT change, and how to bring compassionate self-discipline to yourself. It has a 30 day program at the end that I haven't found helpful yet, but maybe that's still my "conditioned mind" talking.

    12. J Crossley

      Cheri Huber offers a different outlook for making changes in your life. Instead of looking at yourself as bad and using that to drive change, an alternative is to realize the conditioned voices in your head are pulling you in different direction. Once you separate yourself from these voices, you can then drive change from your authentic self.

    13. Luana Moreno

      I have read and re-read the book many times. I have never completed the 30 days in a row, but I did all of the daily exercises at least once, and I think I can honestly say that this book helped me change my mind into a more compassionate one. It is really a very simple book, but for me there lies it's beauty. Making such a profound thing simple is truly a work of art.

    14. Jaclyn

      To be honest, I couldn't get past the fact that the wording was a little cheesy *and* it was entirely handwritten. It looks like others have gotten something useful out of it, but I didn't find it very helpful.

    15. Lilly

      My problem is that I treated this book like a workout video- I felt like if you WATCH it you deserve the same results as if you DO it. I liked another book I read by Huber. This is a cute, quick read, but I'm not down with the interactive journal books, I never do them.

    16. Dearwassily

      Though written in a simplistic, child-like way (literally: in large handwriting font), a lot of the points presented gave me a lot to think about and hopefully will prove to be useful in combatting depression.

    17. Viv JM

      This little book speaks a lot of truth. Yes, the "handwritten" font is a bit quirky, but I don't think that detracts from the message. Haven't done the 30 day retreat yet, but will add to review when I do.

    18. Ariane

      Forgot to log this one! I just read this, and it was another good addition to the Cheri Huber library. My favourite is still "There is nothing wrong with you", but this was a decent follow up with more practical steps on how to make change.

    19. Michaela

      Sort of a primer for those not steeped in knowledge of Buddhism but in need of a how-to guide right now to free themselves of some demons. Hinges on the fundamental concept of needing to treat oneself with love before change can come.

    20. Bryan

      Quick read. More "you can do it!" than buddhist philosophy. While not entirely what I expected, I am going to give the 30-day guided meditation retreat a try.

    21. Anna Rae

      a bit cheesy. printed in a "handwritten" font. but it has some good insight. after reading "what the buddha taught" by wapola rahula this is a lot more lighthearted and has a DASH OF HUMOUR.

    22. Kate

      Goofy illustrations and an odd, handwriting font make this little book a little different, but I loved the message. She definitely gave me a knew way of thinking. Based on Zen Buddhism.

    23. Hafidha

      There are exercises in this book - the last 50 or so pages of it are a 30 day meditation plan involving doing some work on your thinking. So be prepared for that.

    24. Jama

      loved the comic book feel with illustrations, would be a great book for a high schooler's to think about their thoughts. great reminders & ah-hah moments for all.

    25. Cassandra

      The whole book is in comic sans. I'm serious. Content seems otherwise accessible and interesting but I couldn't get through it.

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