Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Reading Group

Join in a12 steps book cover facilitated group discussion about Karen Armstrong’s book “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by contacting Tymmarahn at 780-850-8966 to arrange a group in your community.

The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love, mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.

  • The First Step: Learn About Compassion
  • The Second Step: Look at Your Own World
  • The Third Step: Compassion for Yourself
  • The Fourth Step: Empathy
  • The Fifth Step: Mindfulness
  • The Sixth Step: Action
  • The Seventh Step: How Little We Know
  • The Eighth Step: How Should We Speak to One Another?
  • The Ninth Step: Concern for Everybody
  • The Tenth Step: Knowledge
  • The Eleventh Step: Recognition
  • The Twelfth Step: Love Your Enemies

Groups discuss the twelve chapters over ten sessions which will include guest speaker presentations from various faith groups.

Maximum Participants: 18.

Thank you,
Tymmarah Zehr, MA International and Intercultural Communication
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