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Alchemists sought to transform lead into gold. In the same way, says Tara Bennett-Goleman, we all have the natural ability to turn our moments of confusion or emotional pain into insightful clarity.
Most of what troubles us falls into ten basic emotional patterns or schemas, and in Emotional Alchemy, Bennett-Goleman presents fascinating parallels between science and the wisdom of ancient Buddhism and shows how mindfulness can change not only our lives, but also our brains. She describes the neurological "magic quarter-second, " during which it is possible to catch a thought before it turns into an emotional reaction, and offers simple mindfulness practices to help end these self-defeating emotional habits. The result is a whole new way of approaching our relationships, work, and internal lives.
The hardcover was featured everywhere from The Oprah Show, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Elle, to such core publications as Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, and New Age. It was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. In paperback, Emotional Alchemy will be a classic in its genre, on par with Wherever You Go, There You Are and The Art of Happiness.