Mindful self-compassion

Self Compassion: Stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind

Easy-to-read introduction, with useful exercises; complemented by some great free resources on her website here. If I had to recommend one book on mindful self-compassion, it would be this one!

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

Christopher Germer has worked with Kristen Neff to develop the 8-week Mindful Self Compassion course (MSC, similar in structure to MBSR), they are currently writing the MSC trainer’s manual, due out in 2014. See his website for free meditations, handouts and other resources:

The Compassionate Mind

Professor Paul Gilbert has spent years researching and developing compassion-based approaches: to help advance scientific understanding & application of compassion he’s established a charity called the Compassionate Mind Foundation. I found this book extremely useful, if a little long.

Why Kindness is Good For You

Very easy read, Dr Hamilton has reviewed and summarised the scientific evidence for why kindness is good for you – I (kindly) lent the book to a friend, so I can’t say much more right now.

Mindful Compassion

Due out in February 2013

Self-Care Cards (Large Card Decks)

Not a book, but a set of cards. All of the images on the cards are of women, so I guess that they may not appeal to everybody – nonetheless a beautiful reminder of how compassion might be stimulated by visual imagery. Why not make your own set of images? Any format will do, such as little cards and/or family photos in your wallet, or images set as a background on your smart phone, or how about a digital photo frame on your desk or somewhere prominent at home, set to change the images at intervals?

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are

See next book below.

I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT ISN’T): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power

Both of these books by Brene Brown were very interesting, and you may well find the very act of reading them transformational – however I do remember thinking that the content of both books overlaps considerably and you really only need to read one of them to get the main idea. Unfortunately I lent one of the books to a friend so I can’t say with confidence which one I’d recommend. I’ll update this when I have both books side by side!.

A Path with Heart

Wonderful read, predating all of the others on my list; still a favourite. More of an enjoyable read than a practical manual.

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

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