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The Self-Acceptance Project

How to Be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
April, 2016
ISBN:
9781622034673
In stock now: 
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$23.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Here’s another anthology brought together by Tami Simon of Sounds True. (Her earlier excellent anthology, Darkness Before Dawn, is on redefining the journey through depression.)

Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still have trouble with one essential challenge: self-acceptance. How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we are—no matter what our circumstances.

Among the contributors to this book are Tara Brach, Karla McLaren, Jay Earley, Harville Hendrix, Kristin Neff, Judith Blackstone, Jeff Foster, Geneen Roth, Mark Nepo, Rich Hanson, Kelly McGonigal, Robert Augustus Masters, and Sharon Salzberg.

Sometimes there is great intelligence in allowing yourself to actually feel worse right now, rather than scrambling to feel better immediately. To be curious about your symptoms rather than immediately rushing to get rid of them, remove them, numb them; for your symptoms may just be parts of you longing for love. —Jeff Foster

Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness toward others than toward ourselves? Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we be motivated to grow and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? In these 20 offerings, some of today’s most trusted teachers share valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationships with our inner critics, and cultivating kindness and compassion toward ourselves on a consistent basis.

Kindness is like a force—and it’s a skill… because kindness is a question of training our attention…

The core competencies we need to start developing this skill of self-kindness are:


*Mindfulness: Know what you’re feeling

*Wisdom: Step back from what you’re feeling so you have some perspective


*Intention: Be open to experimenting and having little adventures of consciousness.
                        —Sharon Salzberg

Sounds True also offers a free video event series on Self-Acceptance at live.soundstrue.com/selfacceptance.

Publisher’s Description: 

Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still have trouble with one essential challenge: self-acceptance. How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we areno matter what our circumstances.

Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness toward others than toward ourselves? Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we be motivated to grow and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? In these 20 offerings, some of todays most trusted teachers share valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationships with our inner critics, and cultivating kindness and compassion toward ourselves on a consistent basis.

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