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The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive Paperback – Illustrated, August 29, 2018
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"Drs. Neff and Germer have led the field in researching and articulating the transformative practices of Mindful Self-Compassion, and tens of thousands of people have been trained in their approach. Now you have in your hands a workbook that can guide your journey into profound healing and freedom; it provides a pathway that is accessible, clear, and rich in its depth. Please give yourself the gift of this book and share it with others--these teachings will serve many awakening hearts."--Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
"From their extensive insight and experience, Drs. Neff and Germer provide a friendly, easy-to-use workbook. Its powerful exercises will help you uncover your innate capacity to hold yourself--and the world around you--with compassion. Whether or not you take a formal Mindful Self-Compassion course, using this workbook can effect profound change in your life."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love
"Mindful Self-Compassion has made me far more resilient--when a storm hits, I float on the surface of the rough sea and wait for it to pass, rather than thrashing around trying to outswim it. I am able to find a nugget of joy every day, no matter how small. This workbook encourages a deeper understanding and experience of MSC. I recommend it to everyone."--Heather R., Hampshire, United Kingdom
About the Author
Christopher Germer, PhD, has a private practice in mindfulness- and compassion-based psychotherapy in Arlington, Massachusetts, and is a part-time Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion. His books include The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (for the general public) and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition (for professionals). Dr. Germer lectures and leads workshops internationally. His website is https://chrisgermer.com.
- Publisher : The Guilford Press; Illustrated edition (August 29, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 206 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1462526780
- ISBN-13 : 978-1462526789
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.42 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Although this book just came out and so I obviously haven't yet done the full eight weeks, I've done a similar program from Drs. Teasdale, Williams, and Segal and have also done an in-person eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Both were invaluable in helping me create a daily mindfulness practice so as to manage my stress. The previous books I've read by Drs. Neff and Germer have helped me extend that practice to the area of self-compassion and self-acceptance, and I know that this workbook will reinforce those skills.
The book is divided up into twenty-four chapters, and each one contains readings and exercises, as well as the aforementioned meditations. The authors also ground their explanations in evidence-based research, and the book contains a full list of cited sources in the back.
In the introduction, the authors mention that this workbook can be used to augment an in-person Mindful Self-Compassion (MBC) class or on its own. They suggest allocating thirty minutes a day to the program, and working your way through one or two chapters a week. From personal experience when I took the MBSR class, it can be hard to find that time, but it's so important to do the work to get results from the program.
Hope that helps, and good luck on your journey!
You do not have to have attended the trainings or read any of the previous books to get a lot out of the workbook. It stands alone, the exercises are excellent, and while I recognized many of them from the MSC training, it didn’t seem repetitious to do them in this format. Quite the contrary. I find that each time I approach this material, I approach it a little differently. I notice something different. The fact is we’re never done with self-compassion practice. There’s no end-point; there’s just more practice.
I highly recommend this workbook to anyone who wants to become more self-compassionate. Whether you’ve already done a lot of work in this area, or this is your first exposure to the idea of self-compassion, this book will be an excellent guide, a compassionate friend on your journey.
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I am determined to use many of the practices every day as I feel that I have a lot to gain by applying them consistently.
Thank you so much for this book.