Beginning Anew guides readers through steps of conscious breathing, loving speech, and compassionate listening designed to help us see people and situations more clearly, allowing our perceptions to better reflect reality. Sister Chân Không brings the practice to life by sharing stories of couples and families she has helped to reconcile using the practice.
When we’re upset with someone, we’re often afraid to say anything. We tell ourselves, “Oh, it’s just a small matter; it’s not important.” But the accumulation of many small issues can create an explosive situation, and can even cause relationships to break. Beginning Anew gives us a way to address problems when they’re small, so we can understand each other’s words, actions, and intentions.
Beginning Anew introduces a practice for anyone looking for a way to keep communication open and resolve conflicts. When practiced regularly, beginning anew will help anyone clear up misunderstandings, communicate more honestly and openly with the people around them, and heal relationships.
“The moving language in this book inspires and guides while laying out elegantly simple practices for healing and maintaining relationships. For those struggling with communication knots, or seeking to bring out the best in themselves and others relationally, it offers remarkable wisdom, freshness and clarity.”—Jennifer Freeman, Marriage and Family Therapist, Co-author, Playful Approaches to Serious Problems
“We live in a very stressful, alienating world. Beginning Anew can save a lot of people from the corrosive effects of that alienation, and the grief that it brings, in their personal relationships. Sister Chân Không has once again translated the priceless, practical legacy of the Buddha into a form we can use today.”—Michael Nagler, PhD The Nonviolence Handbook