HOW TO BE A HELP INSTEAD OF A NUISANCE

Practical Approaches to Giving Support, Service, and Encouragement to OthersTracy Cochran

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Karen Kissel Wegela

Shambhala: Boston, 1996.

240 pp., $13.00 (paper).


Most of us have experienced, in a moment of pain or trouble, what a balm it is to feel that someone is really there for us, really present. The most authentic sacrifices, the most potent efforts people make for one another rest on the ability, first of all, to perceive with pure, open attention. Most of us who have practiced mindfulness meditation know what gets in the way. In this well-organized, unpretentious handbook for psychotherapists and other helping professionals, Karen Kissel Wegela, director of the contemplative psychology program at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, proves that the real-life effort to help others can provide a wonderful window onto the self.

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