“With a keen eye and lucid prose, Limbach offers up novel understandings of key Buddhist concepts…” • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
If the Buddha were alive today, what would he say about the unique challenges we face?
So many of us go through our days feeling overwhelmed. We do our best to navigate the craziness of the modern world—finding a purpose while making ends meet, going down social media black holes but craving meaningful connection, and striving to maintain a healthy lifestyle in a society that seems to be falling apart . . .At the end of the day, we have a sneaking suspicion of some fundamental flaw—our “demons” rear their heads, manifesting for many of us as a chronic sense of not-enoughness.
Using The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path as a guide, Tea and Cake with Demons guides us to meet all our most common demons—shame, perfectionism, fixation, and self doubt—all while myth-busting the cultural narratives that keep us stuck… as we reveal the unshakable nature of our inherent self worth.
“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
“What is it that neutralizes the poisons of desperation, anger and fear and transforms them into objects of beauty? Adreanna’s beautiful, brilliant, I LOVE IT new book contains answers to these questions.
She presents classical Buddhist teachings in an utterly modern context, without — and this is the key — watering anything down at all or attempting to obscure the power of this mighty spiritual path.
SUSAN PIVER :: New York Times bestselling author; The Four Noble Truths of Love, Founder of The Open Heart Project
“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 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
“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 WATERSON :: Author of How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) and Mary Magdalene Revealed
Here’s The Tea :
Beyond Meditation - why our practice frequently plateaus and how a juicy dose of “view” keeps our practice feeling robust, vital and fresh.
The Root Poisons that keep us stuck - in a cycle of feeling separate, selfish and scared.
Dignified, Lovable, Neurotic - Why our worst habits and most difficult emotions are actually showing us the path towards our inherent brilliance.
Ditching the brittle plan and adopting the fluid path - How curiosity and riding the tides of uncertainty can be a lifelong path of practice.
Karma made me do it- Shifting our deeply entrenched patterns from a place of love, rather than critical self-reproach.
Strong Spine. Open Heart. - How clear boundaries ultimately make us more generous people.
Elucidating our Motivation - This is the ticket to more choice and more freedom. Intention is everything.
The Truth of our Fundamental Wholeness.
- and the cultural myths of not enough-ness that we’ve all swallowed + internalized
The Limitations of Binary Thinking— Good / Bad. Delicious / Disgusting … and how to move towards the radical inclusion that makes us more loving— towards ourselves and others.