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How do you express self-compassion? During today's episode we will discuss the importance of self-compassion, especially as we are in process of transformation and expanded enlightenment.
Buddhism teaches that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. It is said that to generate genuine compassion, one needs to first realize that one's self is suffering, that an end to this suffering is possible, and that other beings similarly want to be free from suffering.
We will explore this perspective and other perspectives regarding the practice of self-compassion.
Rob and I will share our experiences of practicing self-compassion and invite you to call in and share your personal experience as well; you never know whose heart you will touch with your story. We love to hear from you!
Together WE create the Shift!
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Tune in LIVE this Sunday December 7th at 4pm PST as I welcome to the show Cayce Howe, the founder of UnshakableMind.com, for a discussion on ‘Compassion Fatigue: How Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Can Help’. Cayce began meditating as a teen in the late 80's and has lived for nearly 6 years at meditation retreat centers, which include a one-year closed retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is an instructor for LA's renowned meditation center, InsightLA, and has co-founded CalmCare.org, an organization dedicated to assisting caregivers with compassion fatigue using practical meditation techniques. With over 9 years experience as a family caregiver he has a unique view of how meditation can assist us as we try to care for ourselves and care for others. Please call (917) 889-7025 during the LIVE show to ask questions or share your struggles, tips & suggestions. *All podcasts are also available on iTunes after the broadcast airs*
Looking for happiness and personal peace outside of oneself can be so frustrating and ultimately disappointing. My desire for this show is to share the information and tools I have learned about forgiveness and compassion in hopes that my research and quest these last few years can help those of you who are struggling and who would like to be living a more peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable life. My hope is that these tools will help you find your peace, and the happiness available within your own being, even in the face of life's challenges-or should I say especially in the face of life’s challenges. I believe that there are 4 steps to personal peace: Self-Acceptance,Clearing Your Past, Forgiveness and Compassion and Raising Your Vibrations.This show is part 2 of forgiveness and compassion.But before we get into the show lets see if you earned your seat. If you think self acceptance is not an issue for you-do this simple exercise. What happens if you close your eyes and say: “I forgive myself” and really think about the words. Say it a few times. See what comes up when you say: “I forgive myself, but…” Can you discover what the “but” is? What thoughts came up? What would happen if you really, really forgave yourself – right now? Repeat the exercise with: “I forgive (fill in the blank)” Lack of forgiveness, holding on to anger, resentment, guilt , shame often cripples us and leaves us without any hope of inner peace. How is it possible to forgive the unforgiveable-How do you forgive yourself? At the very end we include a 5 minute clip of Om Mani Padhe Hum my favorite forgiveness and compassion chant and meditation. Call TransformativeLifeSolutions today at 888.848.7406
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Why is it so much easier to love others than our selves? Is learning to love our selves more an acquired skill?
Self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love are positively associated with satisfaction, happiness, optimism, curiosity, learning goals, social connectedness and emotional resilience.
My special guest this month helps individuals and couples to connect more deeply and honestly with their ideal selves, therapeutically aligning them with a more authentic life.
We’re going to be talking to Jennifer Downs about specific techniques that can help us to live more genuinely, comfortable in our skin. Thinking positively is great, neutralizing negative thoughts is too, but there is so much more we can do.
In addition to her work with individuals, Jennifer also counsels couples and teaches classes on a variety of subjects. She has promised to share some insights from these classes, such as what couples who stay together do differently than those who don’t.
Please join me for another great edition of Café Sol Radio. As always, if you can’t listen LIVE, download the broadcast later or tune-in on your favorite device.
About My Guest: Jennifer Downs is an experienced professional counselor, workshop facilitator and educator with nearly three decades of experience. She has helped hundreds of individuals and couples connect more deeply and honestly with themselves and each other. In addition to her private practice, Jennifer has taught classes in communication, family dynamics and several innovative learning theories. Learn more about Jennifer and her unique qualifications on her website, www.JenniferDowns.net.
I feel being mindful of any situation, whether within us or our outisde environment is important to have a good life. As well, compassion for myself & others helps to keep peace of mind. These topics are explored in this program, for the beneficial of what I need to learn; maybe it will be helpful for you as well.
Join Nicole Smith of C.H.E. as she gives some tips on Self - Love and opens the phone lines for chatting about Self - Love and or providing distance healing. Nicole has an Aromatherapy, Energy Healing and Coaching practice in Olympia, Washington. She has been practicing energy healing for 13 years. Please feel free to connect with her on her website, www.chenergy.us, email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 541-450-1250.
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"With self-compassion the most important step is to notice your own suffering." - Dr. Kristin Neff
Dr. Kristin Neff joins Sister Jenna to discuss the power of self-compassion.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. During her last year of graduate school, she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she conducted research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically.
In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, Kristen has developed an 8-week program to teach self-compassion skills. The program, co-created with her colleague Chris Germer at Harvard University, is called Mindful Self-Compassion. She is the author of a book titled, "Self-Compassion" and has produced a 6-CD Audio Set on "Self-Compassion Step by Step."
Kristen and her family were also featured in the best-selling book and award-winning documentary called "The Horse Boy." Visit her website at www.self-compassion.org
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Join Nicole Smith of C.H.E. as she talks about Self - Love during the holidays. How do you show yourself Love during the holidays? She will also provide mini distance healing sessions. Nicole has an aromatherapy, energy healing and coaching practice in Olympia, Wa. For more information, please check out her website, www.chenergy.us or you can contact her at 541-450-1250 or email@example.com
Join Nicole Smith of C.H.E. as she gives some tips on Self - Love and opens the phone lines for chatting about Self - Love and or providing distance healing. Nicole has an Aromatherapy, Energy Healing and Coaching practice in Olympia, Washington. She has been practicing energy healing for 13 years. Please feel free to connect with her on her website, www.chenergy.us, email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 541-450-1250. Thanks for listening!
Compassion is a key motivator of altruistic behavior, but little is known about individuals’ capacity to cultivate compassion through training.
Now, through a recent scientific study, we've learned that it's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain.
Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison's Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation -- where you practice feeling compassion for different groups of people, including yourself -- seemed to increase a sense of altruism.
"It's kind of like weight training," study researcher Helen Weng, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the university, said in a statement. "Using this systematic approach, we found that people can actually build up their compassion 'muscle' and respond to others' suffering with care and a desire to help."
Helen Weng is our guest this week on the Voice of Leadership, sharing more about this study and our ability to become more compassionate human beings.
Please join Nicole Smith of C.H.E as she interviews Clista, Miss Thurston County. Clista shares her powerful story and her passion for serving others. Clista is joining Nicole and Shanna at the Self - Full Living workshop on Saturday November 22, 2014 from 11-5pm. Check out Nicole's website www.chenergy.us and Shanna's website www.shannapaxton.com
Nicole Smith of C.H.E. and Shanna Paxton of Shanna Paxton Photography discuss their collaboration on their workshop Self - Full Living: Sustainable Empowerment Through Ourselves in Olympia, Washington on Saturday Novemember 22, 2014. Nicole Smith has an Energy Healing, Aromatherapy and Coaching practice in Olympia. Shanna Paxton has a photography business in Olympia. They both came together with their common passion to help other women empower themselves.
Please visit their websites at www.chenergy.us and www.shannapaxton.com