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

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions [Kindle Edition]

Christopher K. Germer , Sharon Salzberg
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"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." - Samuel Shem, author of The House of God

"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." - Daniel J. Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain

"In this intelligent, concise, and easy-to-read book, Christopher Germer presents an exciting synthesis of mindfulness and self-compassion that is much needed and long overdue. Drawing upon decades of practice as a clinician and meditator, Dr. Germer offers a rich and insightful guide to emotional healing. While thoroughly covering the relevant psychological research, the book is written for a general audience, and will be of enormous benefit to both therapists and their clients....Germer’s narrative voice is warm, gentle, and down-to-earth. His years of meditation practice have clearly paid off in the writing of this book: every word is infused with wisdom and compassion. An invaluable guide to anyone wanting to learn how to transform their relationship with difficult emotions, this important book will undoubtedly change the lives of many who read it." - British Journal of Psychology

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"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." - Samuel Shem, author of The House of God "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." - Daniel J. Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain "In this intelligent, concise, and easy-to-read book, Christopher Germer presents an exciting synthesis of mindfulness and self-compassion that is much needed and long overdue. Drawing upon decades of practice as a clinician and meditator, Dr. Germer offers a rich and insightful guide to emotional healing. While thoroughly covering the relevant psychological research, the book is written for a general audience, and will be of enormous benefit to both therapists and their clients...Germer's narrative voice is warm, gentle, and down-to-earth. His years of meditation practice have clearly paid off in the writing of this book: every word is infused with wisdom and compassion. An invaluable guide to anyone wanting to learn how to transform their relationship with difficult emotions, this important book will undoubtedly change the lives of many who read it." - British Journal of Psychology

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1670 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (28 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CWSC06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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86 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars going easy on yourself 22 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
an excellent book to start if you feel that it`s about time you started to treat yourself a little bit better. If you are very self critical, have excessive expectations of yourself and never cut yourself any slack you could learn a lot from this book. I have been practising insight meditation for a couple of years now and have read many books, this has been one of the most comprehensive and enjoyable to read,,,fluff free as well!!,,i would suggest trying to read it through rather than leave huge gaps like i did,,as the pitfalls of the practice are flagged up in the latter chapters and so it is important to know them right from the start of your practice so you can know if you are making any progress or are deep in one of those pits!!

invest a bit of time in yourself,,you`re worth it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant resource 26 Aug 2012
By Rachel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has supported my mindfulness practice, and desire to work on my self-compassion/kindness. It's very well written, easily accessible, and the author has a website with some good audio tracks to download and use to support the material in the book. I personally find it difficult to follow the written instructions for longer exercises without having to refer back, so i'm glad that the website resources can be used instead/aswell as.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. The title says it all. I had this book in at work and several of my colleagues went and bought the book after flicking through it, (they couldn't even wait until I finished it!).

The book is well laid out and full of exercises and thought provoking comments. It is easily read but not to the point of dumbing down the message, it explained mindfulness in a very straight forward way.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Kate
Format:Paperback
I bought this book several months ago and it spoke to me then on so many levels - I am already a mindfulness practitioner but Christopher Germer introduced new insights for me and then carefully explained self-compassion and how I could build it. The structure of the book is well put-together and what is refreshing is his descriptions of where people can struggle and how to persevere to gain the benefits of building self-compassion. I have recently re-read it again and am struck by it's powerful and practical wisdom. The section on what personality type you are has really helped me to see where my challenges may lie with self-compassion and how to overcome them. I think the whole section on self-customising the practices marks this book out from others.I highly recommend it and as a counsellor and compassion coach I have already recommended it to clients who have enjoyed it and learned from it.
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I was recommended to this book after serious illness, together with some others on the same subject. I found this particular book very much more readable than most of the others and it helped me get back onto the road of peace and calm with myself and the world in general. I wasn't into the meditation life style previously, and I am no ex-hippy type but the I found this book very helpful for understanding a bit more about the way I behave and coming to terms with getting on with the rest of my life in a much more balanced way.

Don't let the title put you off - I thought it sounded like a book for those who self harm. And in a strange sense it is, because we all can fall into the trap of emotionally beating up on ourselves - when we shouldn't. This is a book about how to find ways to be at peace with what goes on in your head and sort it all out into the right place so you can carry on your life in a better and calmer way. Some of the techniques, you may not need for ever, but I would thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who has gone through a period of serious stress, and who feels they need a way to gather all those bits of junk that float around in your head into a sensible and more ordered form, so you can get on with the rest of your life.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mindful path 7 Mar 2012
By Ben
Format:Paperback
Only half way through the book which I have found extremely useful and engaging to read. The first part of the book encourages you to explore self compassion before going onto looking at the relationships you have with others. It is encouraging to read that self compassion can be developed and as such is a skill that needs to be nurtured. The author gives excellent case examples from his clinical work to fully explain how to embrace mindful acceptance and work with difficult emotions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in mindfulness. However, it is probably best served having had some formal experience with the principles behind a Mindfulness based stress reduction course or having read Jon Kabit Zin (et al) 'The mindful way through depression, freeing yourself form chronic unhappiness'.
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Within modern psychology, acceptance means to embrace whatever arises within us, moment to moment, just as it is. &quote;
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Self-compassion is a form of acceptance. Whereas acceptance usually refers to what’s happening to us—accepting a feeling or a thought— self-compassion is acceptance of the person to whom it’s happening. It’s acceptance of ourselves while we’re in pain. &quote;
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