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The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America
Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller shows the ten nonpartisan values--ranging from Opportunity to Security--that all Americans share, and uses Old Testament stories to highlight them. As an elected official in a "red" and largely Christian state, he has come to understand that although faith is often the source of divisiveness, the language of faith can bring Americans together. Inspiring stories from the Hebrew Bible illustrate Miller's plan to form a compassionate community. He shows that these lessons have the power to strengthen our country for future generations. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as<i>A History of God, Islam,and Buddha now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place. Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.<br /> <br /> The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up “compassion for yourself,” mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness
In introducing this collection of 34 essays from Greater Good magazine, Keltner (cofounder, Greater Good Science Center; psychology, U. of California, Berkeley) and editors of the magazine note the revolution in the scientific perception of humans as innately altruistic and trusting rather than selfish and aggressive. Authors and interviewees include noted social scientists, authors, policymakers, and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc
The Gift of Loving-Kindness: 100 Mindful Practices for Compassion, Generosity & Forgiveness
Loving-kindness, the English translation of the Pali word metta, is defined as unconditional well-wishing and openhearted nurturing of ourselves and others, just as we are. By practicing loving-kindness, you can learn to treat yourself and others-even strangers-like dear friends, putting aside criticism and judgment and choosing instead to open your heart to greater generosity, forgiveness, and compassion. While Buddha taught loving-kindness meditation as an antidote to fear, it can also quiet feelings of anger, judgment, and worry by helping you see the innate goodness within yourself and others. Whether used as part of a formal meditation practice or as daily mindfulness exercises, the 100 meditations in The Gift of Loving-Kindness make it easy to open your heart and share the seeds of loving-kindness with others. istributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness
Marc Ian Barasch, dubbed "one of today's coolest grown-ups" by Interview magazine, sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion. He discovers its power to change who we are and the society we have become. Compassion, he concludes, is "a prescription for authentic joy." Can tapping into one simple human trait, hardwired into our nervous system and just waiting to be awakened, transform our lives and the world at large? Could it help us enjoy new levels of happiness and contentment? Exploring his subject through the multiple lenses of psychology and biology, pop culture and theology, history and philosophy, Barasch weaves a stirring, unforgettable account of his search to find within himself and others: the ability to live compassionately. He examines such fascinating questions as: What can we learn from exceptionally empathetic people? Can we increase our kindness quotient with practice? How do we open our hearts to those who do us harm? What if the great driving force of our evolution were actually "survival of the kindest?" Drawing from influences as disparate as Buddhist monks and skeptical neuroscientists, Barasch creates a riveting, persuasive argument that a simple shift in consciousness can have a tremendous, lasting impact on our psyches, our relationships, our health--and the very fate of the Earth. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The Art of Comforting: What to say and do for People in Distress
"With clarity, compassion and wisdom, Walker teaches the art and the craft of comforting others and ourselves. This fine book is a resource for all those who want to be able to help friends, family members and other people who are in need of our kindness."--Mary Pipher, Ph.D., "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Reviving Ophelia." Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
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