Do you have a harsh inner critic? Do you blame yourself for your struggles? Would you like to develop a kinder relationship with yourself? Then this episode is for you! Self-compassion is an emerging field of research in clinical psychology. Individuals who are kind to themselves in the face of struggle are less likely to struggle with psychopathology such as depression and anxiety and more likely to feel socially connected. In this episode, Drs. Diana Hill and Rae Littlewood discuss the science and practice of self-compassion.
In this episode, you will learn:
- The three components of self-compassion, as defined by Kristen Neff, Ph.D.
- How self-compassion differs from mindfulness
- Why attempts to change ourselves with self-criticism are not effective
- The neuroscience of self-compassion and how you can change your brain with only two weeks of loving-kindness practice!
- Three concrete practices to try at home.
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff, Ph.D.
- Diana’s list of Metta Meditations:
- May I be one with myself
- May I be free from suffering
- May l be at peace
- May I be safe and protected
- May I sense my worthiness and well-being
- May I live with ease
- May I be healthy
- May I accept myself as I am
- May I care for myself
- May I be kind to myself
- May I find peace in this uncertain world
- May my happiness continue to grow
- May I love and be loved
- May I forgive myself
- May I be patient
- May I be strong
- May I trust this world
- Dear one, may you be happy and content
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