"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: www.mindfulselfcompassion.org.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 306 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Guilford Publications
- Publication Date: 09/06/2009
- Category: Popular psychology
- ISBN: 9781593859756