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

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2009-04-29
Publisher(s): The Guilford Press
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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. Book jacket.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

forewordp. ix
acknowledgmentsp. xi
introductionp. 1
discovering self-compassion
being kind to yourselfp. 9
listening to your bodyp. 36
bringing in difficult emotionsp. 61
what's self-compassion?p. 81
pathways to self-compassionp. 101
practicing loving-kindness
caring for ourselvesp. 129
caring for othersp. 160
customizing self-compassion
finding your balancep. 193
making progressp. 221
emotion wordsp. 245
additional self-compassion exercisesp. 254
further reading and practicep. 268
notesp. 281
indexp. 300
about the authorp. 306
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