The Mindful Path to Self-compassion

The Mindful Path to Self-compassion

Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Book - 2009
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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. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website:

See also The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, which provides step-by-step guidance for building mindful self-compassion skills and applying them to specific life challenges, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff (for professionals).

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit
Publisher: New York : Guilford Press, [2009], ©2009
ISBN: 9781593859756
Branch Call Number: 152.4 Ge
Description: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Nov 07, 2019

i'm on page 71

VirginiaRego Dec 14, 2012

I recommend buying this book, and slowly reading it, over several months at minimum, and take time to do the activities that centre around meditation.

Mar 08, 2011

Awesome introduction to mindfulness meditation. Easy exercises, very well written. Absolutely recommended.


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