This is one of the first books on Buddhism I have read that really helped me to understand how much of our thinking is dependent upon our feelings, and how to deal with the emotions and the level of being that is based on emotional reaction. It became clearer to me through reading this book how many of our reactions and judgements have an emotional base. When I realized the author of this book was a woman, somehow the level of thorough attention given to this challenging aspect of ones practice, made perfect sense. Most works in Buddhist philosophy/ thought have been written by men. Her focus and language spoke directly to me in a way I have not found in other books. She expanded my knowledge and awareness of my own self-observation in the meditation process. She also offers much description on meditation techniques.