Top positive review
Brilliant overview of the need for compassion in all our lives.
on 18 September 2015
A VPB (very important book) in my opinion. Armstong's summary of the workings of the primitive brain, and how it so easily takes us away from anything resembling compassion, is masterful and worth the price of the book alone. I love the way she puts mindfulness (something of a plague at the moment!) into its proper historical and spiritual context, where is does not remain an end in itself, but instead a means to becoming more compassionate. Since reading this, I've joined Armstong's Compassionate Movement (details easily found on google) and wear a 'Compassionate It!' wristband to keep the concept in mind during the day.
Developing compassion is a life-long struggle for us all I think: at the current time, with refugees from Syria pouring into Europe, 'primitive brain' thinking - terrirotrial, me-first, fear-based - really can take over. It takes effort and courage to be compassionate - to 'do to others what you would want them to do for you'. So the book is challenging, but compassionate towards the reader too.