"In this beautifully written book, esteemed clinical psychologist and therapist Stan Steindl takes us on a personal journey into the ups and downs of what it is to be human and reveals both the challenges and the joys of building one’s compassionate mind.” — Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy and bestselling author Life can be complicated. And sometimes, really very difficult. We may struggle with many common life challenges: in relationships, parenting, and work, just to name a few. We can end up suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression, or loneliness, isolation or shame. But did you know that a lot of that suffering comes from within? Rumination and self-criticism are uniquely human thought processes, developed over hundreds of thousands of years. Our brains evolved into an impressive and complex organ that helped us to survive a primitive world, and yet today may yell at us with harsh and hostile criticism, sometimes even over the smallest thing! In fact, critical self-talk is very common. And it flies just under the radar of our conscious mind — condemning and undermining us with its inner voice. This book will show you how to do better — to turn anguish into delight through the use of our Compassionate Self. Through a clear series of steps and practices, noted clinical psychologist Dr Stan Steindl explains how compassion evolved as a vital part of our nature and thought, and the way we look after one another, and even ourselves. He then shows how to use our compassion as a key to a healthier mental life. With personal vignettes illustrating the therapeutic benefits of compassion focused therapy, practical exercises that use mindfulness and imagery to help us develop attention to the present moment, and a wealth of guidance on self-criticism, shame and forgiveness, this book can change your life.
Unfortunately, grief and loss are inevitable parts of living. No one escapes. Even so, it's difficult to know how to console those who have reached a broken place in their lives. What is the best way to show compassion when words cannot be enough? In The Gift of Compassion, author Becca Stevens offers practical help for pastors, Stephen ministers, congregational caregivers, and other laity serving the broken-hearted. With a central message on the importance of simply being present for people who are grieving, Stevens combines practical how-to's with prayers, Scriptures, suggestions fro ways to serve the sacraments, and inspiration about the peace of God that passes all understanding. This small book outlines meaningful ways to show compassion through planning visits, writing notes, finding appropriate Scriptures and prayer to read, avoiding cliches, and offering the presence of God to people suffering through the dark and searching experience of grief.
Grounded in knowledge about the unique developmental challenges of adolescence, this book presents an innovative approach for teaching self-compassion to teens and young adults in clinical, educational, or community settings. Lorraine Hobbs and Niina Tamura provide guided practices, creative exercises, and teaching strategies adapted from Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer’s widely disseminated Mindful Self-Compassion program for adults. Case examples, sample dialogues, and scripts illustrate how to set up and run successful groups that address teen concerns such as self-criticism, self-esteem, social comparison, and strong emotions. The book offers guidelines for cultivating a personal practice and working with parents. Tips for providing a safe, effective learning environment are woven throughout; a special chapter covers trauma-sensitive teaching.
This book will teach you how you can achieve self-compassion and find greater happiness and inner peace by: Being your own best friend Developing beliefs that work for you Knowing you are inherently worthy Not projecting your needs onto others Choosing happiness and peace of mind Taking great care of yourself Tuning into your authentic self Eliminating negative reactions Appreciating what you already have Enjoying the present moment Nate Terrell has witnessed and experienced the healing and transformative power of these strategies in his work with clients and his own quest to be more self-compassionate. He lists additional strategies at the end of each chapter that you can begin using today to live your life with abundance, fulfillment and serenity - you deserve it! Many people believe that it is selfish to be self-compassionate. However, there is nothing selfish about eliminating self-criticism, treating yourself with kindness, feeling worthwhile, being happy, transcending your worries or finding a peaceful place within. These gifts, which you can give to yourself at any moment, will fill you with positive energy and caring you can pass onto others. Nate Terrell invites you to check out his website at www.achievingselfcompassion.com where you can sign up for self-compassion coaching over the phone and discuss your own experiences with self-compassion. He looks forward to hearing from you.
This workbook is designed to accompany Stan Steindl's popular self-help book The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering. Following the same chapter structure as the book, it presents a series of exercises and activities designed to deepen your understanding and practice of compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and offering compassion to yourself and your own challenges and struggles. It provides the opportunity to think and reflect on your own life experiences and put into practice various strategies to enhance the cultivation of your compassionate mind. As you work through activities such as Exploring your fears, blocks and resistances or Getting to know your shame you will tap into your intrinsic wisdom and allow it to flow onto the page, build your inner strength with each turn of the page, and arrive at your committed actions, the steps you will take to live a more compassionate life. So, grab your copy of The Gifts of Compassion: How to understand and overcome suffering, open up this workbook, and get underway on your compassionate journey to a healthier mental life.
You did it again. You drank. You got high. You slept with him/her. You surfed the Internet. What gift could you possibly find in so much failure? But when your helplessness drives you to turn to God and admit your need, you will experience the greatest gift of all—his presence, his kindness, his forgiveness and his peace. Author Erik Guzman explains that when we think it's up to us to rise above our suffering or sin, we alienate ourselves from our only source of help. But when we come to the end of ourselves, realize that our addictions have controlled us and turn in desperation to God, then we see that coming to the end of what we can do is the beginning of faith. That is the gift of addiction.
Discover the Gift is the companion book to an upcoming film of the same name which introduces the Gift, a compelling concept that contains the wisdom you need to unlock your fullest potential. The insight and the life plan that Discover the Gift presents will definitely appeal to the millions who loved The Secret. This complete programme provides people with the means to find happiness and peace by living the life they were meant to live, resulting in a variety of possible benefits, including a closer family, career fulfilment, material abundance, greater creativity and unconditional love. It is explained by well-known transformational teachers, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Barbara de Angelis, who lay out the steps one needs to take to uncover this life-changing source of strength and wisdom.
Jesus demonstrated compassion in everything He did and everyone He touched. Jesus lived it and breathed it. He was and is compassion itself. Authors James and Michal Ann Goll share lessons they have learned from the Lord that will rekindle the compassion within you. As God is the source of all compassionate action, you will discover that your compassion is a reflection of His unfailing love. Through the profiles of nine compassionate women who were instrumental in helping millions throughout a hurting world, you will be inspired and encouraged to become a pioneer of compassion in your own world. Models of compassion include: Catherine Booth & Florence Nightingale Mother Teresa & Hannah More Elizabeth Fry & Nancy Ward Do you wonder what it takes to be a compassionate person? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Follow the example of Jesus--He converted desire into deed, and made all the difference in the world.
This book investigates and establishes a theoretical framework for the study of the social production of religious compassion in the era of shale modernity among Chinese communities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. It argues that the production of Buddhist compassionate fields in the 21st century is a response to the rising social inequality and social needs of modern society. Religious compassion serves as an emotive force that propels the religious self and socio-religious groups to commit to the performance of acts of philanthropy that includes the delivery of welfare and care services, medical care, education and humanitarian aid. Through a combination of documentation analysis and anthropological research, the book examines the interconnectivity of reformist Buddhist teachings of compassion, charisma, gender and state in influencing the attitudes and actions of the sangha and Buddhist individuals in the production of Buddhist compassionate fields in a changing socio-economic landscape. It will be of interest to scholars from anthropology, sociology, religious studies and Asian studies.
With compelling insights and practical applications from some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, you will gain a fresh understanding of what it means to live within a cone of excitement, anticipation and purpose. You will learn how to reclaim your sense of wonder, replacing worry with hope, fear with faith. This book weaves the personal insights of today’s top leaders with true-life examples, offering profound wisdom and practical advice for how you can lead a life of adventure and abundance. Now is the time to move beyond the mundane of mediocrity and master your domain. Let your journey begin.