Monday, June 6, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Compassion for Life by Philip W Mason

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Compassion for Life by Philip W. Mason. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: Compassion for Life
Author: Philip W Mason
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 13th 2021
Print Length: 51 pages
Genre: Inspiration & Personal Growth Self-Help
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During life, everyone experiences difficult struggles and pain. The relief from this pain can come when either we recognize that we are only human and make an appropriate change for the better or when another person helps us recognize it and encourages us to make that change. These two phenomena are called self compassion and compassion and are great powers that people possess to make life better. They are the first steps to take towards a healing process that results in one being able to enjoy and share all the wondrous experiences that life has to offer.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
Hospice is a great example of people having compassion for those who are dying. We are social beings, and so dying alone is a frightening prospect. Being in the presence of others who share love with them can be soothing and help them increase their level of self-compassion. This might cause them to accept the frailty of life and allow them to be less afraid of dying. An acceptance of their own death would be their final expression of self-compassion.

Wanting to have a good reputation for oneself is another way to be self-compassionate. One needs to admit they are human and will make mistakes. When mistakes happen, if we can be honest with ourselves that we made it, we can choose to determine how to best to respond to fix the mistake. If the mistake affected another person, then we can choose to apologize by saying, for instance, “I’m sorry I was wrong, and I’ll fix it.” This type of act can be very influential in causing one to have a good reputation and feel happy from doing the right thing.

Many retail stores have compassion for their customers. If a customer buys an item that they later decide they don’t want or need, the store will recognize that the customer is human and prone at times to mistakes and then let the customer return the item for a refund.

We all suffer to some degree. When someone shares their suffering with another person, and then listens to that person about their own suffering, they can better understand that they are not alone in their suffering. Otherwise they might start to feel sorry for themself, thinking they are alone. This sharing might also result in the two people wanting to help each other out and reduce each other’s suffering: in other words, have compassion for one another. This might also help you better ease your own suffering and have more self-compassion. You would then feel self-compassion for yourself and compassion for the other person at the same time. When this occurs, the two feelings are completely intertwined and amplify each other. Also, you and the other person now share a common bond. A friendship could result.

Loving friendships where people experience compassion and self-compassion both at the same time are a very precious gift. One of the best ways to have compassion for someone is to tell them you value them as a friend. This makes them feel they are not alone because they are wanted by another person. This makes them feel like a valuable human being.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Philip W Mason grew up on small family farm in rural Gorham, Maine in the 1970’s. Farm life instilled in him a strong sense of values, including resilience, responsibility, and the necessity of team-work. When he graduated high school, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, starting off in mechanical engineering before switching to physics, and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1991. From there, he went to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, earning his masters and finally a PhD in physics in 1998 with his dissertation “An Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance Study of Point Defects in Wide Band-gap Semiconductors.” He has, over the course of his career, put those degrees to good use at various high-tech companies including a five year stint at the Bell Labs Division of Lucent Technologies.

And for many of the last fifteen years, he has suffered with serious mental health issues. He has had numerous in-patient and out-patient treatment sessions and has learned about human frailty and gained a better understanding of the human condition. This has taught him to have more compassion for the world. He has also come to learn that his mental illness is not his fault, for there was nothing he could have done to prevent it. He has come to accept it, has received medical care for it, and is now going through the process of healing from it. It is a very emotional recovery at times, and he now has hope for a much brighter future. He is now able to love who he is and wants to share that sense of hope and love with the rest of the world.

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GIVEAWAY:
Philip W Mason will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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30 comments:

  1. I am definitely wanting to learn more about self compassion

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  2. this sounds like wonderful book

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  3. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  4. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  5. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  6. Looking forward to reading this

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  7. Compassion for Life by author Philip W Mason seems like a book that could be helpful for many people.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Inspiration & Personal Growth Self-Help - Love this genre!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful, inspirational book. Love the cover.

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  10. I liked the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. The book sounds interesting, thanks.

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  12. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  13. How long was the writing process?

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  14. I love everything about this book - genre title and cover!

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  15. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  16. What's your signature alcoholic drink?

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  17. looks like a fun one

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  18. What author do you most admire?

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  19. What has been your favorite road trip?

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  20. This sounds like wonderful book! I like the excerpt.

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  21. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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  22. How do you think we should warn future inhabitants of earth about nuclear waste?

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