A lot of my teaching derives from a combination of Zen training, graduate studies and practice of psychotherapy, and training and teaching of mindfulness-based stress reduction. And of course, there is my own endlessly repeating life experience of loss and survival. A central theme for me has been to stay simple -- to work with what arises in the mind, heart and body, and avoid getting caught up in ideas, so common in our culture, of improving the self. Among the countless books and methods that seek to instruct us in having a better life, there is a small group of guides that describe this simple way of being. It really is possible to stay with what arises, to meet, open to, and create space around whatever it is, and then to watch transformation occur and/or find a way to actively meet our situation.
Three books that I've been enjoying lately come from different spiritual traditions, but all have this same theme -- the simple power and naturally transformational quality of meeting what is. One is an old favorite, Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach. Another has been the most exciting book I've come across is some time: Soul without Shame, by Byron Brown, a guide to working with your inner judge. (And come on, you know you have one -- we all do.) And the most recent book is a a lovely little guide called The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them, by Karuna Clayton.
However you decide to become what you already are, to realize your Buddha nature, there's no time like the present to start.