No Regrets: A Ten-Step Program for Living in the Present and Leaving the Past Behind

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 13, 2004 - Psychology - 240 pages
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At last, freedom from burdensome regrets

Everyone has regrets. But not everyone can overcome them, even when they interfere with the enjoyment of life. With this book as your guide, you'll learn how to let go of past mistakes, lost opportunities, and failed expectations to live richly in a present filled with hope and new possibilities.

This wise, compassionate, and practical guide offers profound insights into the nature of regrets and how to overcome them. Grounded in proven psychotherapeutic and spiritual principles, No Regrets brings together the insights of mental health professionals, spiritual teachers, and self-help experts.

In No Regrets, you'll find:
* A structured ten-step program for letting go of burdensome regrets
* Powerful spiritual and psychological tools for overcoming regret, including creative visualization, journaling, affirmations, thought analysis, meditation, and sharing with others
* Insights into toxic thought patterns that create and support regrets
* Persistent myths about forgiveness that keep us trapped in our regrets
* Inspiring stories of people who have freed themselves from regret


No Regrets will show you a way out of the pain, guilt, and shame of the past and how to create a rich and rewarding life in the present.

"Hamilton Beazley has the distinct ability to understand the most complex inner workings of the human spirit and mind. No Regrets is destined to take its place alongside the other great self-help guides of our time."
-Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director
Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School
 

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A former president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency applies the principles of AA's 12-Step program to the problems of regret in this comforting and reasonable book."Those of ... Read full review

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I found this book extremely useful. It consists of simple practical exercises that help us clear our mind of useless baggage from the past that drags us down. The execises consist of verbalising our regrets from the past, writing them down, analyzing them logically, understanding why holding on to them is detrimental to our own well-being, and making a conscious decision to just let them go. In some cases, we may decide to make reparations for injustices that we have done to others in the past. That is one aspect of the self-healing process.
The writing process, which turns our vague, ill-formed and unclear emotions into clearly articulated ideas, is an important part of this exercise. Through this we are able to understand and clarify to ourselves our 'vague feelings' in a logical way and can thereby deal with them practically. Everyone can benefit immensely by doing the exercises given in this book.
 

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Contents

Introduction Something Remarkable Is Possible
1
PART I PREPARATION FOR LETTING GO
7
PART II THE TEN STEPS TO LETTING GO OF REGRETS
61
Appendix A Recommended Reading
203
Appendix B Summary of the TenStep Action Lists
205
Appendix C Quick Reference Tools Principles and Toxic Thought Patterns
209
Index
213
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Hamilton Beazley, Ph.D., is scholar-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas; former associate professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University; and a leading self-help expert who has appeared on Oprah, A Current Affair, NBC, and CNN.

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