Steady, Calm, and Brave is a practical guidebook for life’s most difficult moments. Meditation teacher Kimberly Brown shows you how to meet unexpected circumstances—a serious health crisis, a looming natural disaster, a terrifying accident—with patience, clarity, and kindness. You’ll learn how to support yourself and others with simple mindfulness exercises and compassion techniques drawn from the Buddhist tradition. These transformative practices will help you manage anxiety and cope with loss. You’ll discover you can truly engage with your struggles and create a sense of ease and peace and resilience even in the worst moments.
With relatable stories and beneficial Buddhist teachings, Steady, Calm, and Brave offers soothing support for anyone facing extraordinary challenges. It’s a path to self-compassion and comfort in the midst of uncertainty, that illuminates how to survive a crisis without falling apart, running away, or losing your mind. With insightful reflections and exercises, you’ll develop the wisdom and understanding you need to face intense difficulty, and the confidence to recognize you have all the tools you need to survive—and even thrive—in a crisis and beyond.
Kimberly Brown leads meditation classes and retreats that emphasize the power of compassion and kindness to reconnect us to ourselves and others. Her teachings provide an approachable pathway to personal and collective well-being through effective and modern techniques based on traditional practices. She studies in both the Tibetan and Insight schools of Buddhism and is a certified mindfulness instructor.
"Interweaving engaging personal stories, practical Buddhist wisdom, and modern psychological insight Kimberly offers a wealth of accessible contemplative resources to address the challenges and experiences so many of us are facing in these times. The warmth and wisdom I have come to know from her presence are reflected in her words. May this collection of skillful methods for cultivating kindness and sanity be of great benefit to beings."
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Rebel Buddha and Emotional Rescue
“Broken down into relatable scenarios, Kimberly shares her insight, experiences and knowledge of loving kindness meditation to support healing during a crisis. Throughout the book are useful tips to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing and most of all, meditations to care for ourselves so we can care for others.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
“Here is grounded, kind advice from a good spiritual friend, and my friend, Kimberly Brown. We need wise ways to think, especially now in these fraught times — because by helping ourselves, we can then help others. “
Venerable Robina Courtin, Buddhist Teacher
“With relatable and illuminating stories and clear, practical meditations, the offerings in Steady, Calm and Brave are both timely and timeless.”
Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist and Dead Set On Living