The Power of Self-Compassion by Laurie Cameron (A Book Review)

I’ve been on a self-compassion kick lately. It started a few month ago when I happened to stumble across a workbook at a bookstore. The workbook was called, “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook” by Kristin Neff, PhD & Christopher Germer, PhD. The workbook introduced me to a whole new way of speaking to myself and understanding myself.

Like most people who grew up in dysfunctional homes, I tend to speak to myself harshly. I tend to assume the worst of myself when I make even the tiniest of mistakes. The way I talk to myself can be so cruel. And its odd because I would never think about, much less talk to, another person the way I can think about myself.

We are always the most harsh and cruel to ourselves. We can be our own worst critics, and – at times – our own worst enemies. Negative self-talk can deeply impact mental health and our ability to thrive and be resilient. Learning to be kind and compassionate to ourselves is important.

And so, after finding this workbook, I started looking for other resources to help me cement this idea in my mind. I took a mindful self-compassion class last month. And I found this book on audible.

It’s a really great introduction to the concept of mindful self-compassion.

Cameron teaches her listeners about why self-compassion is important to cultivate in ourselves. Using anecdotes from her own life, Cameron demonstrates how self-compassion can be used daily to help navigate hard things and big feelings. She discusses how self-compassion leads to a greater sense of resilience and a better ability to regulate intense emotion.

She guides her listener through a series of mindfulness practices designed to help one become more connected and attuned to their own body. These practices help the listener begin to identify how emotion can show up within the body and, in time, become sensitive to these sensations in order to be more self-aware about the need for self-compassion. She also guides the reader through journaling exercises and “in-the-moment” practices to help calm the mind and the body.

If you’re looking for a quick intro to the concept of self-compassion, I would recommend this book. It’s just over 4 hours long. Just be sure to listen to it when you are able to set aside time for the mindfulness meditations. You’ll be so glad you did!

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