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The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"Buck up." "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." "Don't ruin everything." When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them?

Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in and responding compassionately to our own imperfections are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. You'll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment - especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise - and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most.

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"[T]his book provides practical, life-changing self-help techniques, and suggestions for further readings and practice." ( Library Journal)

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  • Allan
  • 20-04-2016

Take Good Care of Yourself

We never get enough love. Our emotional needs are never completely fulfilled by others. if there is a gap between what we need and what we get, no matter how big or small, we ourselves can fill that gap. This book will help teach you how to do that. There may be many sources available for you to learn from but this is an excellent source in which to begin the process.

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  • DocInLA
  • 19-06-2016

Lots of nuts and bolts ideas and techniques. Best for beginners?

I am a beginner. The audiobook had enough nuts and bolts that I bought the Kindle book so that I could easily refer back for Dr. Germer'S take on many aspects of this fascinating field. Incorporating his distillation of numerous famous writers, e.g., Neff, Bruch, Chodron, and so on, I found it helped me tie together a lot of prior reading and techniques. Full of useful examples. Narrators voice only average.

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  • hoo haa
  • 06-10-2017

Mmm-hmm

This is truly excellent. I would really recommend purchasing the hard copy of the book, though, because the meditations are not presented here in a way that can be used as guided meditations. When listening to an audiobook, we usually can't stop and meditate on the spot, while the instructions are fresh in the mind (or even to write down the instructions). I'll be buying the book for the meditations and the self assessments, as well as other lists and resources. It's easier to thumb back through a physical book when previous points are brought up again and whatnot. But being in a place in my life right now where I cannot sit and read anything alone, this audiobook plus the hard copy will do fine. Again--freaking fantastic book.

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  • Angie P
  • 08-12-2018

life changing

im purchasing this book!!
it was great and fits well with Kristin Neffs book on self-compassion

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  • April Boh
  • 05-12-2018

Great book! Highly recommended!

Very easy to listen to and follow simple steps to help get you on the path to self compassion and care! I am attempting to get everyone around me to read it! Amazing!

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  • kaity
  • 29-10-2018

Not For Me

I really tried to get into this book. It is just too slow paced. I tried several times, but it just never pulled me in. The speaker just sounded bored and just ho-hum. I returned it

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  • H. Utah
  • 02-08-2017

Very good!

I found this audiobook to be beneficial and a clear instruction on mindful meditation practices for self compassion. I am grateful for this wonderful work. Thank you!!

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  • Nicolas
  • 31-03-2016

beautiful book

such a good combination of science, spirituality and common wisdom. what I liked about the book was that you get the true feeling that the author genuinely tries to help you. no feeling of cross reference to other books or self help gurus. just a genuine approach to help you accept yourself

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  • Amor
  • 23-02-2019

loved it!

This was such a profound book, easy to comprehend, great exercises and the science to back it up without being overwhelmed by information

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  • agata scibich
  • 26-11-2018

No new idea and not credited to creators of the idea

It’s a nice collection of many ideas you find in different works of different psychologist and practitioners etc but nothing original except just few personal examples from therapy. I wish the author wasn’t saying it all like he came up with most of that. It sounds awfully a lot like some of the DBT therapy and some things my therapist practices with me inside of CBT therapy. I had higher hopes for this book

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  • INI
  • 30-10-2018

Love it

It is one of my favourite books and I give it as a present many times. It is inspiring and full of effective exercises.

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  • Gozde Can
  • 13-05-2019

So theoretical and descriptive

So theoretical and descriptive! Not fun to listen... lacks real life stories... Not sure if I will be able to listen until the end.