Enough!: a Buddhist approach to finding release from addictive patterns
Enough! is a hands-on guide to help put an end to the patterns that sabotage the potential for a true and satisfying happiness. All of us are caught up in addictions—big or small. Enough! Presents a practical path that releases us from the grip of negative habits and addictions that block a full and meaningful life.
We can learn how to undo our habits and addictions, but to do this we have to first find their triggers. With the right techniques we can disarm them and learn more effective ways for dealing with the pain that so often underlies our problem-causing behaviors. Without the support of effective methods we are likely to return to our addictions when pain and painful issues arise. Chönyi Taylor helps us break through that cycle, reconnect with ourselves and others, and feel more centered in our spiritual awareness.
Presenting the essence of Buddhism without the jargon, and fusing it with Western psychology, Chönyi Taylor engagingly combines practical exercises that were developed through her workshops, along with meditations and stories, and presents invaluable insights about how the mind works.
Enough! Is intended for anyone who is looking for a powerful and effective way out of addiction, regardless of religious or secular background, and is suitable for self-study or as part of a guided program.
"With Enough!, Chonyi Taylor has created a practical, step by step guide to finding freedom from addiction and compulsion, as well as a clear and honest approach to living life while walking a spiritual path. Taylor offers us a tremendous opportunity to transform the pain of our destructive behaviors into the fruit of spiritual awakening."
—Michael Imperioli, actor, HBO "Sopranos" and Tibetan Buddhist
"The Buddha's eight-step enlightenment program has a lot to say about freeing us from overwhelming attachments and other habitual patterns, and Chönyi Taylor has the experience and know-how to communicate this well. Her accessible and savvy hands-on guide is profound in applying spiritual principles of awareness cultivation for reconditioning the heart and mind through a skillful combination of practical psycho-spiritual exercises and insightful introspection. I heartily recommend this to all those struggling to become healthier and happier, more balanced, sane and liberated."
—Lama Surya Das, author of Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be
"With Enough! , Chonyi Taylor has created a practical, step by step guide to finding freedom from addiction and compulsion, as well as a clear and honest approach to living life while walking a spiritual path. Taylor offers us a tremendous opportunity to transform the pain of our destructive behaviors into the fruit of spiritual awakening."
—Michael Imperioli, actor, HBO
"Sopranos" and a Tibetan Buddhist"Chönyi Taylor has given us a thorough, detailed, and systematic approach to dealing with addictions and the negative emotions that fuel them that is a major contribution to the integration of Buddhism into Western psychology and psychotherapy."
—Ron Leifer, M.D., author of Vinegar Into Honey
"(Taylor adds) a vital guidebook to the literature on both addiction and Buddhist philosophy. Even those who don't think they're addicted to any toxic substances or behaviors will find much to contemplate with Taylor's guidance. As she notes, addiction isn't just about drinking, smoking, drug use, or gambling, but rather, it centers around certain patterns of behavior. Someone could be addicted to arguing, for example, or to overspending, even to self-criticism…. Taylor brings together the perspectives of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy; her skill in finding similarities and points of intersection strengthen the work, and makes this a stunningly valuable guide for changing addictive behaviors."
—Elizabeth Millard, ForeWord
"Enough! Helps us find the triggers, and reconnects us with ourselves in a most engaging way. Firmly rooted in Buddhism, and fused with the compassionate professionalism of an experienced psychologist's kindly wisdom, this book is a powerful tool for anyone, regardless of religious or secular background. It can be used in self-study or as part of a guided program."
—Mandala , "Editor's Choice"
"A serious work plan for those who have decided to take action. Taylor gives explanations of addictive behavior, how it takes root, how it is triggered, and what purpose it serves. She has detailed meditations, examples of the plan in action, and teachings that combine both Buddhist and cognitive theory…. (Enough!) also includes an explanation for professionals, which in particular compares her techniques to techniques traditionally used in cognitive behavior therapies. Of value to those professionals, the book will also be completely accessible to those in recovery or seeking recovery. The title and cover reflect its modern, Western communication style."
—Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chönyi Taylor (Dr. Diana Taylor) was ordained as a Buddhist nun by the Dalai Lama in 1995. Active in the worlds of both Buddhism and Western psychology, she teaches Buddhism from simple to advanced levels and participates in interfaith conferences and workshops for psychologists and health professionals. She is currently a lecturer and supervisor in the Graduate Diploma Program in Buddhism and Psychotherapy for the Australian Association of Buddhist Counselors and Psychotherapists and is an honorary lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Sydney University.