If we cannot treat ourselves with kindness then it can be difficult to relate to others. It becomes even more difficult to have compassion and empathy with strangers or those we do not like. Kristin Neff’s work on self compassion urges us to learn to treat ourselves with kindness especially in times of set backs […]
reposted from meditation-helps-ptsd-090514 Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma Newly published research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala shows how meditation and breathing exercises can help military veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. By Clifton B. Parker Breathing meditation is a powerful ally for military veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according […]
Her shoulders hunched. Eyes downcast. Despite being a highly confident professional her dejection rolled off her in waves. Encrusted with shame she couldn’t make eye contact with me or stop the words that burst out, “What’s the point….? Why bother….?” Every person with a difficult history has said these words at one time or […]
I was recently with some family members on a trip overseas. Great trip. Fascinating. Wonderful adventures. Then one day my person reached for her wallet and it wasn’t there. That meant all her credit cards, driver’s license, everything (well, thank goodness, she had left her passport in the room safe). In seconds my relative was […]
An unprecedented research conducted by a group of neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.
This wonderful video teaching is done by a terrific Australian colleague Malcom Huxter who was a Buddhist monk in the Theravadan tradition. I’ve been fortunate to have read some of his writings and heard his audio teachings. Mal is clear in his application of meditation to contemporary psychotherapy. We’re lucky that he’s shared his video […]
The personal experience of suffering unites us with other people: it is the dynamo that generates compassion, which, by its nature, is transpersonal.
Compassion always sounds like a good idea yet when we’re in the dumps it seems a looooong way away from. Unattainable, almost. I’m mulling this around especially since leading a Mindful Self-Compassion course with Cecilia Fernandez-Hall, especially since people always want to know what helps them heal. Really the question is, often unspoken but […]
April 18th, 2014 in Psychology & Psychiatry Researchers have determined a simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories. What’s one of your worst memories? How did it make you feel? According to psychologists, remembering the emotions felt during a negative personal […]