Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Inadequacy, and Shame

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The way we talk to ourselves is often unkind and filled with self-judgments. These overly harsh self-criticisms can make us feel unworthy and incomplete. What if what you really need is not higher standards for yourself, but greater self-compassion? In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, you’ll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can free you from the thoughts and beliefs that create feelings of inadequacy and learn to open your heart to...

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Overview

The way we talk to ourselves is often unkind and filled with self-judgments. These overly harsh self-criticisms can make us feel unworthy and incomplete. What if what you really need is not higher standards for yourself, but greater self-compassion? In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, you’ll discover how mindfulness and self-compassion can free you from the thoughts and beliefs that create feelings of inadequacy and learn to open your heart to the loving-kindness within you and in the world around you. 
 
Based in Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychological principles, this book guides you past painful and self-limiting beliefs about yourself and toward a new perspective of nonjudgmental awareness and acceptance of who you are, just as you are. You’ll receive gentle guidance in mindfulness and compassion practices that will lead you away from unproductive, self-critical thoughts and help you live more freely and fearlessly, with your heart wide open.

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“A bold new book that shows how engaging with mindful awareness and compassion can allow us to step out from behind conditional and limiting self-driven narratives and into a more openhearted embrace of our lives.”
—Zindel V. Segal, PhD, author of The Mindful Way Through Depression

“How we focus our attention can transform our lives and rewire our brains toward a healthier, more compassionate way of being. Living with Your Heart Wide Open is a practical, step-by-step guide that teaches us how to cultivate our awareness so that we can develop more resilient minds and enjoy lives of inner clarity and kindness. Freedom from the prison of a life on automatic pilot rests within these powerful and poetic pages.” —Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight

Living with Your Heart Wide Open is both healing and awakening. By questioning and transforming the many false and negative ways we understand ourselves, we find the joy of liberation.”
—Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of The Wise Heart, A Path with Heart, and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

“The way you talk to yourself, including that murmur in the back of your head, continually shapes your outlook, your mood, and the circuits in your brain. In a warm, down-to-earth, and wonderfully useful way, Living with Your Heart Wide Open shows you how to change that storyline for the better for greater confidence and happiness, resilience in the face of stress, and peace of mind.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain

“A bedside book for the heart. A daily reading in healing for the part of us we have put aside for later. A letting-go of our forgetfulness of how very beautiful we essentially are. A turning toward oneself with loving-kindness.”
—Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death, Who Dies?, and Meetings at the Edge

“It has been said that the teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his or her wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own. If you want to access your inner wisdom, this is a book you want by your side. If you want to live in accord with your higher power, if you want to be inspired by your experience of life, you should know that this is a book filled with reliable and authentic support.”
—John Robbins, author The Food Revolution, The New Good Life, and Diet For a New America

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The practice of mindfulness is also helpful in ridding oneself of feelings of inadequacy, self-loathing, and a constant sense of isolation according to the authors, both of whom have founded and directed mindfulness-based stress-reduction programs across the country. Pulling from Western psychology and Buddhist thought, Flowers and Stahl explore the concept of self-authorship and help readers, through mindfulness practices, to break free of defeating stories and experience insight and self-compassion. Topics of interest include why pleasing others doesn't work in the long run and how self-improvement efforts can be a trap. Clear and comprehensive, this book is a valuable addition to mindfulness literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572249356
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 577,678
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Flowers, MFT, founded the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Enloe Medical Center and pioneered the international MBSR online program. With Bob Stahl, he leads mindful-living programs and mindfulness retreats for medical and health professionals, couples, and individuals seeking to cultivate mindfulness and compassion in their lives. Directing and providing wellness programs and workshops for corporations, city and county governments, medical centers, and universities, he is deeply committed to bringing mindfulness into health care and society. 
 
Bob Stahl, PhD, founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. A longtime mindfulness practitioner who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years, he serves as an adjunct senior teacher at Oasis, the institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook.
 
Foreword writer Tara Brach, PhD,has been practicing meditation since 1975 and leads Buddhist meditation retreats at centers throughout North America. She is a clinical psychologist and author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Fiction of Me 7

2 Choosing How You Look at Things 27

3 Creating a Mindfulness Practice 51

4 Looking Behind the Curtain of Self 69

5 Opening to Self-Compassion 89

6 Opening to Loving-Kindness 107

7 Becoming Real 129

8 Awakening to Wisdom and Compassion 151

Resources 169

References 175

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    This is an amazing book. Open your heart up wide and enjoy the h

    This is an amazing book. Open your heart up wide and enjoy the hell out of each moment today. Beautifully written and cool that they have meditations throughout the book. PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL.

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