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A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself

Written by Brigid Lowry


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A beautifully presented and uplifting book of contemplative, wry, sometimes funny essays about living thoughtfully and with care amidst life’s challenges. If you’re struggling to maintain grace and good humour amidst daily potholes and pitfalls, Brigid Lowry may be just the warm, wise and witty companion you need. Informed by contemporary psychology and Buddhist philosophy, Brigid’s essays offer reflections on everything from friendship to grief, and from gratitude to self-care. Give this book to a friend or gift it to yourself, A Year of Loving Kindness to Myself is all the encouragement you’ll need to nurture you and those around you.


‘Brigid raises a brave teacup to the gnarly, mixed, yet ultimately generous provenance of this world. This artfully threaded string of honest, tender worry-beads – in the form of small unvarnished gems of hard-won self-acceptance – comes with far too much edgy candour ever to be mistaken for sticky “self-help”. A tonic for the spirit. Recommended dosage: once daily, before sleep.’ Susan Murphy, author of Red Thread Zen

'Infused with honesty and insight and brimming with compassion, this wise book is a nourishing companion for troubled times. A must-read for cultivating a tender and loving approach to ourselves, others and our world'. Sally Gillespie, author of Climate Crisis and Consciousness

‘An exquisitely unembellished Zen lesson in the art of attention, Brigid Lowry’s book is at once a memoir, a poem, a song, a bracing cup of tea and a healing balm for the unique blend of pain, joy and wonder of being human. A masterly portrayal of the miraculously ordinary extraordinariness of this very moment.’ Perle Besserman, co-author of Grassroots Zen

'Australian author Brigid Lowry’s luminescent book is full of beauty and reminders of how to breathe through the difficult moments and appreciate the good.' Apple Books

'… it is a profound, moving and uplifting reminder that loving ourselves is the most important thing anyone can do.' Subiaco Post

'… this collection of essays is a calming cup of tea and a balm for the soul.' Medical Forum

ISBN 9781925816327 (Hardback)
Formats A Format (181 x 111mm) (Hardback)
Categories New Releases
Gift Ideas
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 144
  • Brigid

    Brigid Lowry

    The daughter of a typographer, Brigid Lowry began her writing career by self-publishing two dreadful poems when she was eight. She spent her twenties living in a Buddhist community, veered into performance poetry in her thirties, and subsequently gained a masters degree in Creative Writing before writing eight award-winning young adult books. She is a Zen student, a socialist, a creative writing teacher, an introvert who talks too fast, a drifter and dreamer who loves the world of words. Brigid likes movies, travel, walking and hanging around in libraries. She believes in nectarines, coloured pencils and op shops, and in encouraging others to live with authenticity and joy. Read more