Tea and Cake with Demons
A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy
by Adreanna Limbach
Pub Date 09 Jul 2019
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In Tea and Cake with Demons, Adreanna Limbach brings secular Buddhist teachings to a new generation by addressing one of the most pressing concerns we all face—authentic self-worth. "Our ambition, goal-setting, self-helping, and even our spiritual practices are often driven by the underlying sense that we just aren’t enough," writes Limbach. "But what if we could accept ourselves just as we are? Open our hearts and invite our demons to tea?"
These demons, Limbach teaches, manifest for many of us as a chronic sense of "not-enoughness," inherited through cultural stories that send us conflicting messages: we’re supposed to feel happy and confident, but we’re also never quite worthy of those feelings. Using the Four Noble Truths as a guide, Limbach shares meditation practices, personal anecdotes, and traditional Buddhist tales that help us learn to befriend ourselves—even the more unsavory bits—so we can realize our full potential. A popular mindfulness teacher and emerging voice in modern Buddhism, Limbach brings a playful, fresh, and at times joyfully irreverent tone to walking the Eightfold Path.
“In a voice both vulnerable and erudite, balancing storytelling and philosophy, Adreanna Limbach illuminates how to bring the demons of our unworthy feelings along with us on the spiritual journey. Limbach [shares] her own journey in a way that is both disarming and inviting. A lovely book for anybody who wants to get real about the path of awakening.”
—Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path
“Adreanna has written an articulate, respectfully irreverent book that brings essential Buddhist teachings to bear on an obstacle with which we all struggle: insufficiency. If you’ve felt even for one moment that you aren’t enough, this book holds the keys to unlocking greater self-love and abiding acceptance.”
—Elena Brower, bestselling author of Practice You and Art of Attention
“Whether you’re new to meditation or have a life-long practice, Tea and Cake with Demons offers the most crucial teaching to remain[ing] right here in the present moment: our worth is unconditional. Through relatable and illuminating stories, and with clear, practical meditations, Limbach invites us to practice this awareness of our inherent worth and change our life in the process.”
—Meggan Watterson, author of How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) and Mary Magdalene Revealed
“Adreanna Limbach explores our self-worth as she illuminates the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path. If we are struggling, she suggests we welcome each demon, befriend each one, and engage each one because where our demons dwell, there exists a possibility to be in touch with our Buddha essence, our fundamental wholeness.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness