The Mindful Path to Self-compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

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Guilford Press, 2009 - Psychology - 306 pages
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"Buck up." "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." "Don't ruin everything." When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we "accepted "them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You'll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment -- especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise -- and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website:
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Germer (clinical instructor, psychology, Harvard Medical Sch.; founder, Inst. for Meditation & Psychotherapy) has written a superb introduction to mindfulness meditation, a technique promoting ... Read full review

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Really good so far--at page 34. I've started practicing acceptance and found it really helpful. Glad I came across this in a library, it's well written by a scientist/psychologist--an intelligent ... Read full review


Part I Discovering SelfCompassion
Part II Practicing LovingKindness
Part III Customizing SelfCompassion
Appendix A Emotion Words
Appendix B Additional SelfCompassion Exercises
Appendix C Further Reading and Practice
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Christopher K. Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Boston area, Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the coeditor of an acclaimed book for professionals, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.

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