…is one of the books I am currently reading from my Read Your Own Book 2010 Challenge. I am reading it to distract me from “The Inner Reaches of Outer Space” by Joseph Campbell which is going very very slowly. I’ve just finished “Saving Fish from Drowning” and three back issues of Time magazine while trying to get away from the dry Campbell book.
Anyway, like the Campbell book, “The Tao of Inner Peace” by Diane Dreher is a bit dated now – having been written in 1990 and updated in 2000. It’s got a bunch of self-affirmation in general mumbo jumbo, of the type much parodied by Al Franken’s Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live many years ago.
But, all snickering aside, I liked the little line I just read and thought I would share it:
The Tao of Openness
MItch Saunders, marriage and family counselor in Santa Clara, California sees honest relationships as a great way to develop self-acceptance. The more we share our feelings with others and find they still accept us, the more our self-acceptance grows. Each moment of openness wears down our defensive walls.
I guess the key there is “and find they still accept us.” I hope we all have people in our lives who help us increase our levels of self-acceptance. I do. And for them, for you, I am thankful.