Do you turn away from your own physical and emotional pain?
Do you withhold empathy or give yourself away when witnessing another’s pain?
Do you lash out or withdraw when you feel that someone has harmed you?
Is it possible to learn to respond to rather than react against what feels unbearable?
Drawing on her experience as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, Christina Feldman asserts that it is possible, but only if we turn, time and again, toward compassion, which she describes as the “innate, natural condition of our hearts.” She says, “You do not need to be a saint to find the grace and transformative power of compassion; you need only to be willing to pay attention to pain and its cause and to commit yourself to its end.” She offers techniques for developing the capacity to hold adversity, loss, and pain—with love. Her guided meditations will teach you to cultivate and sustain compassion for the blameless, for those who cause suffering, for those whom you love, and for yourself.
"An in-depth and engaging study of compassion that will inspire a heartfelt life." —Martine Batchelor, author of Meditation for Life and The Path of Compassion
"Compassion is an invaluable help for anyone who wants to make this a better world, both for others and in one’s heart. Guiding us with clarity, vision, and lovingkindness, Christina Feldman reveals a path that takes us beyond sorrow and frustration to genuine freedom." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness
"This informative and wide-ranging exploration of the practice of compassion will help open your eyes to the world’s pain in such a way that you can learn to respond to it from the depths of your heart." —Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and Living with the Devil
"Christina Feldman’s book inspires us with the importance of practicing compassion. And what could be more important than having compassion for self and others in the tumultuous world in which we live? Savor this book slowly. To do so will change your life." —Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, author of 30 Essential Yoga Poses