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Mindful : August 2015
MOVING TOWARD GLOBAL COMPASSION Paul Ekman • Paul Ekman Group One of the world’s leading researchers of human emotion, Ekman has turned his broad, analytical mind toward under- standing compassion. Is it tied only to the positive feelings we experience when doing good for others or is there a deeper, more truly altruistic fellow- feeling? He makes clear that our world needs global compassion and puzzles over why it is so rare. By examining dif- ferent types of compassion, he hopes to help us stumble upon what we need to tip us in the direction of deeper caring. THE MINDFULNESS-BASED EMOTIONAL BALANCE WORKBOOK Margaret Cullen and Gonzalo Brito Pons • New Harbinger Is it possible to be emotionally balanced all the time? That sounds robotic. The authors make clear that balance is a dynamic thing that comes and goes. We stumble and we come back up. What can help us get better at that? Examin- ing what's going on with our emotions with curiosity and non-judgment aided by meditation. The book's explorations of our emotions are intimate and insight- ful. We all go a little crazy. And that’s OK. MINDWISE Nicholas Epley • Vintage (Paperback) To understand the minds of others we must start by understanding ourselves. And it isn’t easy, as Nicholas Epley deftly conveys in this blend of psychological theory and anecdote. Epley, a behavioral science professor at the University of Chicago, says we each possess a sixth sense—not a supernatural phenomenon, but an innate tendency to read other people’s emotions and thoughts without hesitation. But our sixth sense often gets it wrong. The key to really reading peo- ple’s minds, Epley says, is to interrupt our sixth sense, acknowledge the complexity of human beings, and open up. 16 mindful August 2015 reviews Bookmark This read... listen... download