How to Be a Help Instead of a Nuisance: Practical Approaches to Giving Support, Service, and Encouragement to Others

Karen Kissel Wegela, Author Shambhala Publications $17.95 (252p) ISBN 978-1-57062-150-5
In her step-by-step handbook, Wegela, director of contemplative psychology at the Naropa Institute, guides readers through the process of becoming present to oneself so as to be able to offer meaningful help to friends, relatives and clients in distress. She states that a sense of lovingkindness toward oneself will flow naturally toward others as help is offered. A practice of give-and-take grounded in Buddhism and meditative practices such as tonglen (learning how to breathe in someone else's emotion and breathe out reassurance and compassion) underlie Wegela's self-healing techniques. Writing in simple, direct language, she uses brief clinical and personal histories to illustrate her points. Three appendices offer useful information on additional professional resources, the Naropa Institute's contemplative psychology program and meditation centers. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/23/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
Genre: Nonfiction
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