How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service

How Can I Help Stories and Reflection on Service Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another at home at work on the street on the phone We do what we can Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response Will I have

  • Title: How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service
  • Author: Ram Dass Richard Alpert Paul Gorman
  • ISBN: 9780394729473
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another at home, at work, on the street, on the phone We do what we can Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response Will I have what it takes How much is enough How can I deal with suffering And what really helps, anyway In this practical helper s companion, the authors explore aNot a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another at home, at work, on the street, on the phone We do what we can Yet so much comes up to complicate this natural response Will I have what it takes How much is enough How can I deal with suffering And what really helps, anyway In this practical helper s companion, the authors explore a path through these confusions, and provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other s needs Here too are deeply moving personal accounts A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof with his child a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in her arms rather than on a hospital machine From many such stories and the authors reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times when we are called on to care for one another How Can I Help reminds us just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most joyous moments of our lives.

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    1. As a student in the field of therapy and counseling, the requirement to read this book was one of the most enjoyable that I have been asked to meet in the last 12 months. This book, written in several long chapters, but broken up into short testimonies from professionals was an easy, enjoyable, and intellectual read.I found myself frequently book marking phrases and passages because of how closely they resembled my own thoughts, fears, reservations, and passions in regards to mental health servi [...]

    2. This is a sweet, simple book that was fodder for more than a few sermons in my preaching days. Ram is the real deal. A wonderful book to turn to if you've had a bad day. Like an eastern version of Henri Nouwen.

    3. Wonderfully helpful to anyone in any field of service or anyone that just wants to re-kindle the love they have for the world that is so smothered by our preconceptions: How much can I help? Am I strong enough? I couldn't do much, etc.

    4. Loving this book. Very inspirational! It is a reminder of why I have the career I have and what else I can do to be of service.

    5. Puts you in touch with what trust and unconditional love is all about. A must read for all those in the helping professions. A gentile, tender, and spirtual book, that will touch your heart.

    6. I enjoyed this book. Was it a favorite? No. Was it useful? Yes. It's a simple book that address some complex issues within the helping realm. There are a handful of topics addressed in the book that do make you think deeply, evaluate your own motives and unconscious habit reactions. I found that valuable.

    7. It’s hard to put into words how great of a companion this book has been. I just finished, and told myself I need to read this again. Initially, I would have recommended this read to anyone in a helping profession, and soon realized how we can all fit into the timeless question, how can I help?

    8. Collection of stories and anecdotes from a wide variety of people (these are in italics) within context of caring and aiding others. Starts with brief look at desire and motivation for helping. Unity with others is the grounding for answering who is helping (mediation and prayer can strengthen). Moves to discussion on desire to lessen suffering/another's pain vs overlooking it or employing pity or 'professional warmth'. Generate idea of natural compassion - view own feelings and thoughts - tende [...]

    9. I first read this book during a time in my life when I was volunteering a lot and exploring different ways to bring service into my life and for others. It is inspiring and thought provoking. The collection of small stories is perfect for referring back to a favorite story years later. I still recall the nurse who held babies dying in the hospital so they passed away in a caring person's arms instead of a machine. Another favorite is of the elderly woman who developed a friendship with an ex con [...]

    10. This book has wonderful vignettes and stories from many people in different professions who realize that a job is much more than being a "professional"- in the American ideal of what professionalism is or at least has become: without personal care, without consideration of the struggle and humanity your "client/participant/consumer" experiences, and encourages the service worker to get in touch with their humanity and essentially, not fear looking the person they are providing services for in th [...]

    11. This book was especially difficult for me to get through, for how out-there much of its content seems at first. However, a few chapters in it started to click much more with me for some reason or another and I began to feel a greater sense of profoundness for some of the messages that the book has to give regarding helpers and the helping professions. At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future I'd like to go back and give it a reread to determine if I can draw that same sense of profo [...]

    12. I love Ram Dass. Such a unique and inspiring individual. I've gone through some trials and tribulations these last 2 years and he has definitely helped me dig deep and come out of everything a much better person. Anytime I feel depressed or feel like I'm not giving or doing enough, I pick up one of his books and just remind myself it will all be ok and to just try to be the best person I can be. I lived the first 27 years of my life being an extremely selfish individual and he has definitely tau [...]

    13. Nice collection of personal anecdotes of "helpers" and interactions with those being helped. There was some "hippie"-toned not-so-broad thinking in places that rubbed me the wrong way. A lot of the stories relate to the 60s and anti-war movements, so I guess the attitude seemed reasonable at the time.The stories of learning to view individuals in immense states of suffering as people were most meaningful to me.

    14. This book made a huge difference in my life - very profound. Some quotes: "I have never, ever, met someone who sees me as whole." "Compassion is the spontaneous response of love; pity, the involuntary reflex of fear." "When we're free of self-righteousness, grounded in a kind of inner clarity and quiet self-assurance, we're less likely to rush in simply to prove our point." "We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness."

    15. I've never read such an honest reflection on helping and being helped. This book is made up of short accounts of experiences by people in a variety of roles, connected by a philosophical narrative on helping and life. Ultimately the book explores how difficult it is to be with people in the way we would like, and how crucial it is that we know ourselves and our motivations for helping. It also shows how helping can emerge spontaneously and unexpectedly from the most difficult situations.

    16. What a really, really great look into counseling and the helping professions in general (of which I include teaching). This is a fantastic book to spur on some self-reflection about you and your work as one who helps others. It was recommended to me by a guy I saw at a workshop on families one night. It's an eye-opener.

    17. This book, although not generally a Christian Faith based is very inspirational to all kinds of volunteers and all people feeling burned out from joyfully serving in beneficial way somewhere. However, it is at times very heavy to read as it depicts how others have kept helping in the most depressing and disastrous of circumstances.

    18. I was required to read this book for a graduate pastoral care program, and I must say that it has made a significant impact in the counseling I provide. Ram Dass challenges us all to reflect on the extent to which our roles constrict our ability to offer help. The stories provide profound insights that are useful in helping.

    19. Some profound ideas on reducing suffering in our own lives and in the world, living in a spirit of unity and harmony, and developing greater empathy and compassion. I particularly enjoyed reading the hundreds of stories which were shared in the book by people whose lives have been transformed by service.

    20. This book is made up half of real-life stories of people trying to help others in all different ways (peace corps, social workers, doctors, caring for family members, volunteering at nursing homes, etc) and half of the authors' analysis of the psychology of helping. The stories were amazing and made the book worth reading. I could barely get through the analysis and ended up skimming parts of it.

    21. Still working on this. Started to read it over the summer, and found it too heavy for those 30 minute lunch breaks. Or I got distracted by people-watching either way, I know that I want to finish this soon, but I'll read it during those moments when I have time for some critical reflection.

    22. This is a fascinating book that was recommended by one of my professors. It is a thoughtful and spiritual commentary on helping and the stories are really moving. I learned a lot and gave it to my brother for his birthday.

    23. This book is simply amazing. It has shifted the way I think about every social work job I've been in and in what I'm doing now. Ram Dass reminds us that we are truly all connected, through powerful stories and insight.

    24. A little repetitive at times, but a must-read for anyone interested in pursuing a career in the helping professions.

    25. Didn't complete, but was finding it interesting and would like to revisit in the future. I haven't put my curiosity of Ram Dass to rest yet.

    26. A little preachy tone to it, but interesting side stories. Eat: I suggest something wholesome but not too complicated: a nice orange would be a good choice!

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