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Our most recent group meeting on Saturday, January 12, brought together seven intelligent, articulate and thoughtful women who shared conversation at a deep level about Tosha Silver's book Outrageous Openness. This group of women is amazing! We all liked this book and had a wide ranging and very revealing conversation about how we have trusted or could turn desires or problems to a Higher Power for resolution--the conversation we had was uncommonly rich. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, Feb, 23, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Andrea’s house. We will read Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach, chosen by the group at our last meeting. We would love to have you join us! You are welcome whether you have read the book or not--the conversation will be rich and intimate regardless. Each time we are joined by some who have not read the book, and I think they can attest that conversations start with the book and roam freely into the rest of our lives.----- Please bring some small edible thing to share if you like, but empty hands are fine, too. Beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to let me know you are coming. I'd rather not limit the size of the group unless we grow too large for the space. Also, please bring your book suggestions!----- Where to find the book: The book is widely available new and used from www.amazon.com, www.alibris.com and other sellers, and from King County Library and Seattle Public Library.----- About the book: “Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork--all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students. Writing with great warmth and clarity, Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance. Radical Acceptance does not mean self-indulgence or passivity. Instead it empowers genuine change: healing fear and shame and helping to build loving, authentic relationships. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.