Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Secret Lives of Men - The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Christopher Germer

In this episode of The Secret Lives of Men, Dr. Chris Blazina talks with Christopher Germer, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. I read this book a year or two ago and found it incredibly useful.

I think we have a tendency to be hard on ourselves in ways that can be very self-destructive. We need to be more compassionate and accepting of who we are, which is not to say that we should just live with painful thoughts and feelings. But when we are harsh and critical with ourselves, we really are only making the problem worse.
In this intelligent, concise book, Christopher Germer presents an exciting synthesis of mindfulness and self-compassion that is much needed. Drawing upon decades of practice as a clinician and meditator, Dr. Germer offers a rich and insightful guide to emotional healing. Germer shows readers how to use mindfulness and self-compassion to open up to their pain and treat themselves with kindness. Ideal for recommendation those who stuggle with issues of shame, guilt and self blame.

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