When we break free from the habits that limit us, a new world of possibilities opens up. In Let Go, Martine Batchelor leads the way there.
Negative patterns of mind may manifest as fear, avoidance,
depression, addiction, judgment of self or other-and any of a host of
other physical, mental, or psychological forms. Let Go aims at
understanding what really lies at the root of these behaviors so we can
reclaim their control. Each chapter concludes with an exercise or
guided meditation as a tool for the reader to work with negative habits
in a new and creative way. You don't have to be a Buddhist for them to
work. You just need to want to move on.
Helpful exercises and guided meditations designed to build
understanding of our negative habits, as well as the confidence and
skill needed to instead embrace our greatest qualities appear
throughout the book.
Batchelor also looks at Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
(MBCT) for depression, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz's use of meditation to deal
with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), successful combinations of
meditation and Twelve-Step programs, and offers her own innovations.
Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits , Martine Batchelor, Wisdom Publications, Paperback, 2007, 190 Pages, $15.95
Martine Batchelor spent ten years in a Korean monastery studying Zen Buddhism. She works as a lecturer and spiritual advisor, and her books include Principles of Zen, Walking on Lotus Flowers, and Buddhism and Ecology. She lives in the South of France.