Making a Change for Good: A Guide to Compassionate Self-Discipline
Cherie founded the Mountain View Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in Murphys, California, and teaches in both communities. She travels widely and often, leading workshops and retreats around the United States and abroad, most recently in Costa Rica and Italy.
She believes 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 we find that, no amount of self-punishment makes us happy or brings us control over life’s problems.
What we need in order to be happy is self-acceptance and kindness toward ourselves. 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.
Cheri’s book includes a guided thirty-day program of daily meditation, contemplation, and journaling. Although this book is based on Buddhist thought, it can be used by anyone of any faith. It helps you to approach self change with non-judgmental awareness and unconditional self-acceptance