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Field Notes on the Compassionate Life

A Search for the Soul of Kindness
Barasch, Marc (Book - 2005 )
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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.
Authors: Barasch, Marc
Title: Field notes on the compassionate life
a search for the soul of kindness
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, 2005
Characteristics: xi, 356 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Marc Ian Barasch
Contents: The circles of compassion
Roots and branches and the clear blue sky
Empathy : me in you, you in me
Street retreat : the debt of love
The good eye
Heart science, heart's mystery
The giveaway
The altruist
The elixir of forgiveness
Loving the monster
Another little peace of the heart
The beloved community
All my relations
ISBN: 9781579547110
1579547117
Branch Call Number: 177.7 B225f 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Happiness Kindness Compassion Conduct of life
Topical Term: Happiness
Kindness
Compassion
Conduct of life
LCCN: 2004029376
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Comment by: multcolib_alisonk Apr 24, 2014

What makes us understand and empathize with others? How does compassion add to the quality of our lives? I found this study on the roots of compassion from both a social and scientific perspective to be thought-provoking and encouraging.

2005: I was impressed with this study of the genetic roots of compassion and what we can learn from naturally empathetic individuals.

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.


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  • multcolib_alisonk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What makes us understand and empathize with others? How does compassion add to the quality of our lives? I found this study on the roots of compassion from both a social and scientific perspective to be thought-provoking and encouraging.

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