Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg and Buddhist Scholar Robert Thurman have authored a new book entitle, Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier. Here is a brief description of the book:
When people and circumstances upset us, how do we deal with them? Often, we feel victimized. We become hurt, angry, and defensive. We end up seeing others as enemies, and when things don’t go our way, we become enemies to ourselves.Ms. Salzberg stopped by The Wright Show last week to speak with Robert Wright (The Evolution of God, The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, and other books) about the new book and the methods of and challenges to loving one's enemies.
But what if we could move past this pain, anger, and defensiveness?
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, this book introduces us to the four kinds of enemies we encounter in life: the outer enemy, people, institutions, and situations that mean to harm us; the inner enemy, anger, hatred, fear, and other destructive emotions; the secret enemy, self-obsession that isolates us from others; and the super-secret enemy, deep-seated self-loathing that prevents us from finding inner freedom and true happiness.
In this practical guide, we learn not only how to identify our enemies, but more important, how to transform our relationship to them. Love Your Enemies teaches us how to . . .
Throughout, authors Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman share stories and exercises for achieving finding peace within yourself and with the world. Drawing from ancient spiritual wisdom and modern psychology, Love Your Enemies presents tools that are useful for all readers.
- break free from the mode of “us” versus “them” thinking
- develop compassion, patience, and love
- accept what is beyond our control
- embrace lovingkindness, right speech, and other core concepts
October 27, 2013 | The Wright Show
Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Sharon Salzberg (SharonSalzberg.com)