Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion. It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories from the author's personal experience. The author draws on Buddhist teachings, and she writes that:… Continue reading Book Review: Self-Compassion
Be Kind: A Year of Kindness One Week at a Time is by Melissa Burmester and Jaclyn Lindsey, the founders of Kindness.org. The book is based on their mission to "educate and inspire people to choose kindness." The book is divided into 52 weeks, and for each week there's something to learn, do, and reflect… Continue reading Book Review: Be Kind
Skinny Hobbit from Growing Into Myself recently did a post that contained this Youtube video. The video is about supporting someone who is grieving, but it's a powerful message about validation in general, which is what inspired this post. Many of us have chosen to blog because there are difficult experiences that we're dealing with. … Continue reading The Power of Validation
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week's term is compassion-focused therapy. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert and draws on compassion to eliminate suffering, including shame and self-criticism. The theoretical basis spans a number of fields, and incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies. Part… Continue reading What Is… Compassion-Focused Therapy
The Gifts of Imperfection is the third book that I've read by Brené Brown. I was not disappointed. This book offers as set of guideposts toward Wholehearted living, which involves "engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness". The guideposts include cultivating self-compassion, cultivating a resilient spirit, cultivating calm and stillness, and finding meaningful… Continue reading Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection
In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is compassion. I was inspired to write about this after my manager expressed her view that "too much compassion is paternalistic". She's useless, but I thought I'd take a look at why that statement is so messed up.… Continue reading What Is… Compassion – And Is Too Much Paternalistic?
The Book of Joy: Finding Happiness in a Changing World is the product of a week-long series of discussions between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The meetings were held at the Dalai Lama’s residence-in-exile in Dharamsala, India. Much of the book is presented as a dialogue between the Dalai Lama and… Continue reading Book Review: The Book of Joy
In A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Dr. Thupten Jinpa offers a practical guide to creating change through Buddhist-inspired compassion practices. Dr. Jinpa is a former Buddhist monk who completed a Ph.D. in religious studies at Cambridge University. He has been the principal English language translator for His… Continue reading Book Review: A Fearless Heart