By Jack Kornfield. Sounds True; soundstrue.com
Jack Kornfield is a man who deeply understands human suffering—and the incredible lengths people will often go to in order to avoid and deny it. In his fascinating new book-and-CD set, he reassures us that although pain and hardship can be challenging, they’re also opportunities for tremendous growth—and, ultimately, for an enhanced ability to experience and appreciate real joy.
Drawing on the wisdom of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions and the depth of his personal practice (he’s a renowned Buddhist scholar, former monk and clinical psychologist), Kornfield offers readers a practical guide to healing during difficult times—whether you’re facing the death of a loved one, divorce, disease or violence.
Not a word is wasted in this short book (123 sparse pages), which is edited in such a way as to offer both deep sustenance and quick, simple comfort. The accompanying CD offers six meditative practices (akin to guided visualisations) designed to help you stay grounded, tap into your courage and love, and find compassion in any challenging situation life may offer.
Although Kornfield points us toward our pain (not away from it), his voice is a constant, comforting anchor—and that somehow makes the healing process more bearable.
Reviewed by Hillari Dowdle