From the true meaning of self-care and the gift of vulnerability, to the importance of active listening or the magic of asking for help, Radical Kindness goes beyond The Golden Rule and entreaties to “be nice,” contending that kindness is the key to recognizing others, and ourselves, as worthy of love and understanding.
Much like gratitude, Angela contends we need a kindness practice. A practice in which we learn to see with our hearts and act from a place of compassion. As the Dalai Lama says, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Through practicing radical kindness—toward ourselves, with loved ones, and to the world at large—we can transform ourselves, our neighborhood, and our world for the better.
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About the Author
Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than eighty books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction categories.
Table of Contents
Foreword Deepak Chopra xiii
Mister Rogers Saw Me: A Definition of Radical Kindness 1
I What Is Radical Kindness?
1 Heart-Seeing: The First Step Toward Radical Kindness 9
2 First See, Then Act: Radical Kindness Means Action, Not Reaction 23
II Be Kind To Yourself
3 Tune In to Glinda, Mute the Wicked Witch: Softening Your Inner Voice with Kindness 33
4 Heart-See Yourself: Radical Kindness to Oneself 41
5 Persona or Person? Finding Your Authentic Self 57
6 "Can You Help Me?" Receiving in Order to Give 67
III Be Kind To Others
7 Hit the Pause Button: Seeing Others with Your Heart 77
8 Kindness to Family and Friends: Heart-Seeing Your Inner Circle 87
9 Lean In: The Art of Active Listening 109
10 Beyond First Impressions: Seeing the Person Underneath 119
11 Assume the Best: Defusing Conflict with Kindness 127
IV Radical Kindness For A Better World
12 Speak the Common Language of Kindness: Heart-Seeing the "Other" 141
13 Kindness Without Credit: Anonymous Kindness for a More Giving World 157
14 Changing the World One Kindness at a Time 165
15 Thirty-Two Acts of Radical Kindness You Could Do Today 175