Book review: the Kindness Handbook (Sharon Salzberg)

Via on Nov 16, 2008


There’s a warmth to Sharon Salzberg, both in person and in her writing, and it’s this warmth that comes through in her newest book, The Kindness Handbook.  The text is simply written and is straightforward, yet it implies a depth of understanding that belies its surface simplicity.  This book is a collection of short essays and anecdotes giving us a foundation and definition for kindness, both for ourselves and others, and then encouragement and guidance on how to take kindness out into the world and into our lives.  The book is written in three parts: the first part defines kindness for us, the second gives suggestions on how we can be more kind to ourselves, and the third offers ways to manifest that kindness towards others we meet, whether we know them or not, and whether we like them or not.  There are essentially two ways to use this book, from chapter to chapter or by opening to any page and using what is on the page as a meditation on what is there, but either way, this is a book to be enjoyed like a good meal or a good cup of coffee: by savoring every bit of it.  From Sounds True and available at your local, independent bookseller.

About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.

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8 Responses to “Book review: the Kindness Handbook (Sharon Salzberg)”

  1. elephant journal admin says:

    Denise Cook (Denver, CO) Today at 3:41pm
    Sharon is so amazing and guenuine. You just know that everything comes from her heart and such a God essence. when she was here during the DNC, it was so peaceful to be in her presence among the madness. You felt that “kindness” generate through.

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