Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline

by Cheri Huber

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According to Zen teacher Cheri Huber, we are conditioned to think that if we were only a little better in some way, we would be happy: "Life isn't the way it should be and it's my fault!" But, Huber says, no amount of self-punishment will ever make us happy or bring us control over life’s problems.

The help we are looking for is really found in self-acceptance and kindness toward ourselves. By simply allowing ourselves to be guided by our innate intelligence and generosity, which are our authentic nature, we are able to be compassionately present to what’s happening now. Compassionate self-discipline—the will to take positive steps in life—is found through nothing other than being present. When we are present and aware, we are not engaged in distracting, addictive behaviors. If we simply cultivate our ability to pay attention and focus on what is here in this moment, our experience can be authentic, awake, honest, and joyful.

The book includes a guided thirty-day program of daily meditation, contemplation, and journaling.

For more information on the author, Cheri Huber, visit her website at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834822566
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/13/2007
Series: Shambhala Publications
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 507,283
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Cheri Huber is a Zen teacher and the author of eighteen popular books. She founded A Center for the Practice of Zen Buddhist Meditation in Mountain View, California, in 1983, and the Zen Monastery Retreat Center in Murphys, California, in 1987. She founded Living Compassion in 2003, a nonprofit group comprised of There Is Nothing Wrong with You Retreats (based on the book); Global Community for Peace: The Assisi Peace Project; The Africa Vulnerable Children Project; and Open Air Talk Radio, which she hosts weekly. She lives in Murphys, California.

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From Chapter 1: Compassionate Self-Discipline and Presence: The Opportunity as We See It

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Table of Contents

Compassionate Self-Discipline and Presence     1
Who's Talking?     14
Meditation     26
Disidentification     36
Egocentric Karmic Conditioning     49
Mentoring: Kind and Wise Support     63
Self-Discipline and Eating     75
Self-Discipline and Time Management     83
Self-Discipline vs. Self-Improvement     88
Awareness Practice     90
Guided Retreat: 30 Days of Compassionate Self-Discipline     91

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Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Joe_Klinkhoff More than 1 year ago
This book along with her other books is amazing. It offers the everyday person and simple and easy understanding of buddhist zen principles. Not as a "belief" system but as a set of usable tools to help you better yourself and your life. Written in an easy, open style. Easy to digest in pieces or a whole. The "guided retreat" at the end of the book is a truly surprising exercise for a month. Even if you have never read a self-help book before read this. I also highly reccomend "There Is Really Nothing Wrong With You"
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