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Self Compassion

The Muscle to Train for Your Emotional Well-Being

Nate Altmeyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nate Altmeyer

Self-compassion's strength is gentleness and kindness. Allowing us to let go and soften our hearts and minds to cultivate qualities that better serve us.

The Power of Self-Compassion

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

What if there was one choice you could make that would change everything in your life for the better? Actually, there is. It's the choice to move out ...

Stop Hating Yourself Once and For All

Lisa Firestone | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

In truth, we don't need studies to tell us that a self-esteem deficit clearly exists in our society. Just talk to any teenager, or small child for that matter, and ask them if there is something that they feel critical of in themselves. The answers are sure to shock you.

Yoga Hate: 6 Ways to End Exclusion and Up Oneness

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Yoga and breath helped me undo the binds in my body, spirit and mind. I began to love my uniqueness.

What Purpose Does Your Safety Blanket Serve?

Lauren Stahl | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

Saying goodbye to my safety blankets hasn't been easy. In many ways, they have gotten me to where I am today. I have to be compassionate to them. I have to forgive and not beat myself up for past decisions or actions.

Get the Love You Want -- #emergingnow

Chantal Pierrat | Posted 02.13.2015 | Women
Chantal Pierrat

Like anything transformational, self-compassion and self-love only come alive through practice. Here is my simple approach to this powerful practice -- culled from the amazing Self-Compassion authors I have mentioned in this post already. Check out these four steps...

7 Ways for Parents to Stay Calm, Cool and Connected

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Yes, there is a mound of research that shows that emotional support, resilience skills, healthy lifestyle habits, mindfulness and stress management techniques work; not only that, these skills can positively influence the mind-body connection in ways we didn't imagine before.

8 Reasons Your Husband Says 'Nothing Is Ever Good Enough For You'

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 02.09.2015 | Weddings
Samantha Rodman PhD

Does this post even need a preamble? You know you've heard this one from your husband, and if not, call Guinness or check back in a couple of years, you newlyweds. So, without further ado, get ready to look deeply at yourself and see if any of these apply to you.

10 Ways To Stop Obsessing About Our Bodies

Heather Sample Spires | Posted 02.10.2015 | Women
Heather Sample Spires

We all tell ourselves in some way, probably every day, that we are lacking, or sometimes even just bad: Our bellies are squishy and fat, our legs look...

Why We Should Be More Self-Accepting (According To Science)

Happify | Posted 02.05.2015 | Healthy Living

You say "I love you" to your grandmother, your significant other and maybe even the stranger on the train who pointed out that you dropped your wallet...

What I Changed For The Sake Of My Kids

Wendy Bradford | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I had tried many times to be a different, gentler kind of mother -- but what I've finally come to realize is that I couldn't be a gentler kind of mother until I could be a gentler kind of person with myself.

No Tech, Just Brain

Rena DeLevie | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

Have you heard about the NPR show New Tech City's effort to save our brains? It's called "Bored and Brilliant," and they'll be tracking my iPhone us...

How I Learned to Breathe and the Superpowers That Came With It

Adrienne Partridge | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Adrienne Partridge

You need some relaxation so you get a massage only to hear the massage therapist say, "You are forgetting to breathe. Just relax. Take some deep bre...

The Secret Medicine of Heartbroken Kindness

Jesua | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

It is easy to be kind when we are feeling wonderful about life, when we're feeling buoyantly inspired, or luminous in love, or poignantly connected to...

10 Ways to Help Us Learn Self-Compassion

Heather Sample Spires | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Sample Spires

Lord knows, it's my final frontier and one element of spiritual awakening that I'm afraid I will never master. But I'm determined to try -- not find it perfectly, but to find a little (or a lot) every day. Here's how we can start. It may be radical, but it's worth a try, huh?

Fear-Based Management Can Set You Free

Rena DeLevie | Posted 03.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

You're called into the boss's office. When you get there, a colleague is waiting. It's clear neither of you have any idea what's going on. Your bos...

A New Year's Resolution For Imperfect Parents

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

Sometimes things just don't come out the way we mean them to. Okay. That's an understatement. Sometimes we just plain say sh*t to our kids that we shouldn't! As I see it, we may get lots of support and generally do a pretty fabulous job of keeping our feelings in check and our parenting on track, but at some point we're all going to blow it.

Stepping Back Into Now

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

With the winter solstice come and gone, those of us who live in the northern hemisphere can now expect increasingly longer days and shorter nights. I...

Why Women Need a New Bedtime Story

Amy Tirion | Posted 02.22.2015 | Women
Amy Tirion

Unlike the playful books we read to children, women's bedtime stories tend to be full of self-judgment. I Should, I Need to Be, and I Wish replace the chapters from childhood books that used to transport us to new places of possibility.

How to Tap Into Inner Clarity for Your 2015 Vision

Kerry Vollherbst | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Kerry Vollherbst

Once you see where you're shape-shifting to satisfy your ideas about other peoples' desires, you get the awareness that your reality is made up of choices that you are making, not someone else. The beautiful, liberating news is that you are free to choose again.

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem?

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

Is it important to love yourself? It seems that depends on how you do it. Few concepts in popular psychology have gotten more attention over the las...

The Importance of Loving Your Self

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.

Why We Think It's OK to Call Yourself Fat

Christine Arylo | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Christine Arylo

Being compassionate with yourself is all about giving yourself the loving truth. Not sugar coating or denying that a change is needed, but delivering the message in a way that you would talk to your child or to your best friend -- with love.

3 Steps to Experience the Perfect Imperfect Moment

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Life is too precious to waste it lost in our heads, evaluating ourselves, one step removed from our own experience. We can more fully live our life by paying attention to our senses and being willing to feel what we are actually experiencing at any given moment in time.

Omitting the 'Obnoxious Roommate'

Naomi Firestone | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Firestone

Once I understood the alien point of view toward myself, I had to expel it! It has been extremely helpful to make the voice conscious.