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

by Christopher K Germer Guilford Publications
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The psychological benefits of mindfulness are well established. Yet for people who struggle with difficult emotions like anxiety, guilt, anger, loneliness, sadness, or low self-esteem, mindfulness practices can be enhanced by adding a simple yet powerful ingredient: self-compassion. Without it, we all too often respond to emotional suffering with self-criticism, shame, or defensiveness - tough-to-break habits that only make suffering worse. This wise, eloquent, and practical book illuminates the nature of self-compassion and offers easy-to-follow, scientifically grounded steps for incorporating it into daily life. Vivid examples and innovative exercises and techniques make this an ideal resource for readers new to mindfulness or those who want to take their practice to the next level.

- Self-compassion is the next wave in mindfulness, one of the hottest topics in psychology and self-help.
- Authoritative: Germer is a psychologist with 30 years of experience, an active presenter, and coeditor of a top-selling professional title on mindfulness.
- Research supports using self-compassion to decrease self-doubt, anxiety, and other emotions that hold people back.
- Relevant and revelatory for diverse readers—not just those interested in Eastern philosophies.
- Practical features include exercises, examples, and ''try this'' boxes.

AUDIENCE: Readers interested in a new approach to dealing with emotional or relationship problems that integrates Western science and Eastern traditions; also of interest to mental health professionals and students.

''Explains both the science and practice of developing kindness toward ourselves and others. Dr. Germer offers powerful and easily accessible steps toward transforming our lives from the inside out. It's never too late to start along this important path.''/m-/Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of [i]The Mindful Brain[/i]

''An elegant and practical guide to cultivating self-compassion, by a dedicated and wise clinician and meditation teacher. The author offers time-honored practices and exercises with the potential to illuminate and transform the background chatter of our minds that determines so much of the course of our lives.''/m-/Samuel Shem, MD, author of [i]The House of God[/i]

''Lovingkindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference/m-/in our own lives and those of others....In the following pages you will find a scientific review, an educational manual, and a practical step-by-step guide to developing greater lovingkindness and self-compassion every day.''/m-/from the Foreword by Sharon Salzberg, author of [i]Lovingkindness[/i]

''Those of us treating people who struggle with addictions know all too well how clients' feelings of shame or self-blame often undermine efforts to achieve effective interventions. In this remarkable book, Germer shows readers how to use mindfulness and self-compassion to open up to their pain and treat themselves with kindness. Ideal for recommendation to clients who have fallen off the wagon or who are blaming themselves for failed relationships, lost jobs, and scattered lives, this book offers a way out of a vicious cycle.''/m-/G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, Department of Psychology and Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion was selected by Library Journal as one of the best consumer health books of 2009.

Foreword, Sharon Salzberg


I. Discovering Self-Compassion

1. Being Kind to Yourself

2. Listening to Your Body

3. Bringing In Difficult Emotions

4. What's Self-Compassion?

5. Pathways to Self-Compassion

II. Practicing Loving-Kindness

6. Caring for Ourselves

7. Caring for Others

III. Customizing Self-Compassion

8. Finding Your Balance

9. Making Progress

Appendix A. Emotion Words

Appendix B. Additional Self-Compassion Exercises

Appendix C. Further Reading and Practice

Christopher K. Germer, Clinical Psychologist, in private practice, USA, Founding member of The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Massachusetts, USA, and Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School, USA