When we were growing up, many of us were not taught to practice compassion and self-compassion. Instead we were taught that we need to keep ourselves in line or that we are special and need to be better than other people.
What we needed to learn was how to be good friends to ourselves. Learning self-compassion can help free us of needing other people’s approval and relying on others for our emotional needs.
Dr. Kristin Neff is a researcher, professor, and author. She has pioneered research about compassion and self-compassion. In this interview we discuss the effects that compassion can have on your life.
“Approach suffering with an open heart,” says Kristin in this episode.
Listen in to this episode to learn about the effect that compassion can have in your life, how to nurture yourself to thrive in your life, how to deal with negative emotions and stories that show up while practicing compassion, and more.
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WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER
- Compassion + love + connection + relationships
- Compassion + open heartedness
- How to nurture ourselves to thrive
- What happens when we have compassion for others but not for ourselves
- Do negative emotions still come up when one practices self-compassion?
- Stories about how self-compassion has changed people’s lives
- Two steps to practice self-compassion
RESOURCES FOR YOU
- Kristin’s book
- Kristin’s website
- Previous interview with Kristin
- Test how self-compassionate you are
- Guided Self-Compassion Meditations
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