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.