A beautifully presented and uplifting collection of contemplative, wry, sometimes funny essays about living thoughtfully and with care amidst life's challenges. If you're struggling to maintain grace and good humour amidst daily potholes and pitfalls, Brigid Lowry may be just the warm, wise and witty companion you need. Informed by contemporary psychology and Zen Buddhism, Brigid's essays offer reflections on everything from friendship to grief, and from gratitude to self-care. Give this audiobook to a friend or gift it to yourself, A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself is all the encouragement you'll need to nurture you and those around you.
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Most of us could benefit from a little tenderness and compassion directed toward ourselves. Australian author Brigid Lowry’s luminescent book is full of beauty and reminders of how to breathe through the difficult moments and appreciate the good. Written as short entries, A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself opens with a section for every month of the year, anchoring larger themes of Buddhist thought and meditation (for example, equanimity and living simply) to the experiences of the seasons and the passage of time. The book’s second part is arranged thematically, with reflections on everyday activities like walking and making decisions—as well as Lowry’s funny, uplifting lists, from dreams she’s had to “things to do when life goes sideways.” Narrator Vanessa Rhodes has a soothing voice, making this an even more reassuring and restorative listen.