Wednesday 10th August 2022

What’s On My Bookshelf… The Tara Brach Edition. July. 47/2022.

What’s On My Bookshelf… The Tara Brach Edition. July. 47/2022.

Here I am back for the July post for What’s On Your Bookshelf, and I am devoting the post to one author, Tara Brach.  See further on…meanwhile:

 “What’s On Your Bookshelf?”

Thanks to Jo, Deb, Sue and Donna who host this.


More than 6 years ago, as I was struggling to manage both my emotional health and my transitions from the life of “very busy”,  I knew I had to get more help to both understand what was going on inside me (thank you Dr Psychologist, GP and counsellor trained husband) and to DO the WORK of getting to a better place in terms of becoming more mindful, more accepting of ‘what is’, and learning to be self-compassionate.

This does not happen overnight of course, nor with a course  series of 6 weeks or seeing a therapist because it HAS to become a part of the inner self. By using strategies, techniques and kindness in the pursuit of a better inner heart-felt life.

Whilst I am so much better at ‘being’ these days, it is definitely a work-in-progress and today I wanted to share, for What’s On My Bookshelf, just ONE author and four of her books.

Here’s a little about Tara Brach: from her website, and each of her books (which I have and on CD/Audible) too are listed below.

Notes under each title are from the Author’s Website.

Radical Acceptance (2003)

Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

One of the deepest expressions of suffering is self-aversion, part of what Tara Brach calls the “the trance of unworthiness.” Drawing on the wisdom of Buddhist teachings, illustrative stories and the transformative power of meditation, Tara guides us in healing the shame and fear that bind our hearts. When we stop being at war with ourselves, we are free to live fully every precious moment of our lives.

True Refuge (2013)

Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Based on a fresh interpretation of the three classic Buddhist gateways to freedom—truth, love, and awareness—True Refuge shows us the way not just to heal our suffering, but also to cultivate our capacity for genuine happiness. Through spiritual teachings, guided meditations, and inspirational stories, Tara invites us to connect more deeply with our own inner life, one another, and the world around us.

Radical Compassion (2019)

Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN

In this heartfelt and deeply practical book, Tara Brach offers a lifeline for challenging times. Each step in the RAIN meditation practice (Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) is brought to life by memorable stories shared by Tara and her students as they deal with difficult emotions and limiting beliefs, and discover step-by-step the sources of love, forgiveness, compassion, and deep wisdom alive within all of us.

Trusting the Gold. (2021)

A beautifully illustrated gift book to help you uncover and trust the innate goodness in yourself and others. In Trusting the Gold, Tara Brach draws from more than four decades of experience as a meditation teacher and psychologist to share her most valuable practices for reconnecting with the beauty of our humanity―from timeless Buddhist wisdom to techniques adapted to the specific challenges of our modern age.

A beautifully illustrated gift book to help you uncover and trust the innate goodness in yourself and others. In Trusting the Gold, Tara Brach draws from more than four decades of experience as a meditation teacher and psychologist to share her most valuable practices for reconnecting with the beauty of our humanity―from timeless Buddhist wisdom to techniques adapted to the specific challenges of our modern age.

Why Tara Brach For Me?

I found her voice to be a comforting one as I followed her for many months via weekly meditations which she offered free from her website.

She was someone who made a great deal of sense and being of a similar age too, I respected her work and study and her sense of ‘keeping it real’.

I used this method (meditation) of connecting after finding her first two books and starting to get the idea of what it was to be both mindful and a realist.

Tara is in essence a story teller and she is a very engaging one for me.

She admits her faults, foibles and frailties as it is through her having owned up to these,  she was drawn to the Buddhist beliefs which softened her self-hate and her self-admonishment.

Her words, in my ears, at times of waking early during very anxious times in 2016 into 2017 (before I knew had oral cancer) really encouraged me to be self compassionate too.

Now, some years on, I have gone back to Tara via her newer books, and the fact that she is also now a regular on the Calm app. I cannot speak too highly of her lessons for me and of her words and work.

Even though I was doing as these photos show, I was very hard on myself. I felt I needed to try better to get more mindful.

When I really, really listened and was ready to understand, I knew that I had to accept the feelings that were tough, and not to push them away. I continue to remind myself often now about this and I am waaaay further down the track of learning to accept ‘what is’ and not trying to ‘change’ what is not in my capacity to do.

She is also a colleague of and friend to others I follow and I have added this link here if you are interested in finding out more about their meditation course. I loved it and still have access to it. I think some of it can be trialled for free.

Create a Life-Changing Meditation Practice in Less Than 15 Minutes a Day!

From Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield

A 40-day online training in mindfulness meditation with two of the world’s most respected meditation teachers, Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield.

The course includes four modules:

  • Mindful Basics – 13 days
  • Emotional Intelligence – 8 days
  • Resilience, Healing & Inner Freedom – 8 days
  • Mindful Living – 11 days


To conclude, I wanted to share more about the practice of R.A.I.N. but not the variety we have had our share of recently.

Tara Brach:





Image: Calm App.

I hope you have enjoyed learning something about this favourite spiritual teacher of mine, Tara Brach, and that you may be interested in learning more if this is a path you are thinking about.

Take care,




  1. Thank you for sharing information about this author and her books, Denyse. I have been building a mindfulness practice, including regular mediation, for several years now. I have not read any of these books yet, but they sound like ones I would enjoy and could benefit from. I will add them to my list.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I am glad to share Christie and I am also pleased to know, across the ocean, you too are mindfully meditating.

      I cannot “not: meditate these days as it makes a great deal of difference for me in many ways.

      I found Tara Brach such a down to earth and fallible human too.

      Pleased you popped in to read and comment.


  2. I really enjoyed your post Denyse and will keep an eye out for Tara’s work. Your reviews and recommendations show the depth of knowledge you have gained from her books. Thanks for joining us for WOYBS, it’s always great to have you and your wise words.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Debbie. I am pleased there was something in this for you. The latest book of Tara’s is a little one and I am reading a page or two most evenings..I picked it up at Big W so I was pleased to see her word in this more widespread places where books are sold.

      Take care,

  3. Hi Denyse, I wasn’t aware of Tara Brach but am very glad to be aware of her now. Thank you! I like the look of her books and love the fact she has free meditations on her website and of course if she comes highly recommended by you then I’m sure I will like her work too. I will have to go and check her out. Thanks so much and have a wonderful week! xo

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I am glad to have introduced you to Tara Brach Min. She is a fallible human like us all but in her gentle and kindly manner has helped me (and many) related more to mindfulness…and to accepting ‘what is”…..

      Take care,


  4. Hi Denyse, great to have you link up for this month’s WOYBS. I love that you share ‘self-awareness’ books and Tara Brach has obviously had a great influence on you. I will check out some of your suggestions and perhaps try some of her meditations from her website. Take care and thanks again for joining us. xx

    • Thank you Sue, and I am using all I know these days…life in a transition is always hard for us.

      With some surgery (not cancer) on the horizon, packing up and giving away so much of our long-acquired ‘stuff’ and preparing to move to a much smaller place in Sydney is up there with levels of anxiety I need all my self awareness skills for!!

      Her voice is one of comfort and solace for me which is why she is a go-to for me as a meditation guide.

      Hope things are going well for you, and thank you for the link up.

      Take care,


  5. Hi, Denyse – I have heard great things about Tara’s writing, but have not read any of her work. Thank you so much for sharing these details with us. I always love seeing you at WOYBS. Your reading is slways very insightful.

    • Thanks Donna, she is someone I have grown to really love and understand via her words…I have been doing this since 2016 so it takes a bit of adaptation for me.

      However, it is very worthwhile for me to know that Tara can both offer comfort and humour within her chats as a meditation teacher and author.

      Thank you for the link up,

      Take care,


  6. I know I’ve said it before, but I really admire the work you’ve done on yourself. I haven’t read (or listened to – I tend to listen more to non-fiction) any of Tara’s books, but you have me thinking that maybe I should. Thanks so much for linking up…

  7. These books sound very interesting and worthwhile Denyse. It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to find an author that you feel a connection with and who calms you down. I’m in awe of your willingness to do or learn whatever it is that you need in your wellness journey

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Jen, for your kind words.

      I did all that ‘hard work’ learning more about me as a human because I so needed to understand myself more and learn how to ‘be’ I guess!

      I have not finished with learning too. Love how it helps me grow as a human.

      Hope your holiday is going well.


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