Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society

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This heartfelt guide provides practical exercises for readers to achieve the delicate balance between care of self and service to others. From learning how to develop compassion to fostering introspection and calling for social and community action, Straub lays the groundwork for individual transformation and enlightenment. By offering insightful and encouraging advice that allows readers to take a realistic look inward, Straub taps into a healthy and balanced spirituality that will not only nourish the self, but will also benefit the outside world.

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Using the primal rhythm of breath-in and breath-out, renowned author and teacher Gail Straub shows readers how they can serve the spirit and the planet simultaneously. Yes, it's a radical concept--considering the human tendency to gravitate toward one extreme or the other. But Straub offers compelling reasons why we must stay in balance. "Without the in-breath of self care and reflection we can't sustain our involvement with the suffering of the world, nor do we have the clarity of heart and mind required for the complex challenges we face," writes Straub. "On the other hand, without the out-breath of compassionate engagement with society our inner work implodes upon itself leading to the dead end of narcissism and spiritual emptiness."

The first half of the book is devoted to breathing in--which involves significant truth-telling, as readers face chapters such as, "Excavating Where You Belong and Where You Hide," "Unearthing Broken Hearts, Radical Surprises and Wake-up Calls." The second half addresses the out-breath with chapters such as "Uncovering the Shadow Side of Service" and "Stewardship as a Spiritual Practice." Straub is a persuasive and anecdote-rich narrator, who offers numerous activities and exercises to make this remarkable book even more tangible--a must-read for activists as well as spiritual seekers. --Gail Hudson

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Gail Straub, who taught for many years at the Omega Institute has been a teacher and activist for over twenty years and is a pioneer in the field of personal empowerment, which she has taught with her husband David Gershon throughout the world. The two are co-authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It.

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