Circle of Compassion by Gail Straub



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Based on Gail Straub’s critically acclaimed book The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society, these short meditations are designed to help you learn to find and follow your own unique rhythm of compassion. Circle of Compassion uses the powerful metaphor of the rhythmic nature of breathing to show you how to help yourself while helping others. The series of meditations is an ongoing exercise for getting to the root of healing, developing compassion, and putting compassion into action—to heal ourselves, others, and the world around us.

“This is a book of great authenticity, practicality, and heart.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness 

“It is a wonderful achievement of the book to disclose so many of the secret bridges between the inner hemisphere of the soul and the out world of action. The balance Straub recommends will be crucial in our new millennium.” -—John O’Donohue, author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“Deep as the ocean, penetrating as the wind, purifying as fire, practical as earth. Gail Straub’s book is a gift of spirit. A simple and thorough guide to digging back through the layers of life, it helps deliver the reader to the deep well of compassion that dwells within every human heart. What is found within can then be given back to the larger circle of life as love and service.” — Joan Borysenko, author of Seven Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic

“May the message of this graceful book take hold in self and society now–in the present generation–and at this great turning of the millennial wheel.” — Matthew Fox, author of Original Blessing and The Reinvention of Work

“Gail Straub’s clear-eyed compassion is grounded in years of both spiritual practice and social action. Defying our tendency to separate the soul’s longings for self-growth and social justice, Gail poignantly demonstrates the truth the heart has always known: that true self-care takes us deeper into the world and caring for the world takes us deeper into the essential self.” — Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation

“Reading this inspiring text encourages one to let go of stress.” —Alternative Medicine Magazine