Living with an Open Heart

Author: Russell L. Kolts
Publisher: Constable
ISBN: 9781780335421
Format: PDF
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Living with an Open Heart contains brief readings which blend Buddhist and western psychology. It thoughtfully presents ideas and techniques drawn from Buddhism, western psychological approaches, as well as the authors' personal experiences in working to develop compassion in their own lives and in their work with others. Designed to be easy to dip into, this fascinating book is organised into brief chapters to include discussions, reflections and contemplations, personal stories, and specific techniques for deepening compassion. Each chapter provides fuel for thought and contemplation as the reader goes through his or her day, inspiring their motivation to be compassionate, helping them to understand compassion, and giving them specific methods for applying it in their lives.

An Open Hearted Life

Author: Russell Kolts
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834800470
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A life overflowing with compassion. It sounds wonderful in theory, but how do you do it? This guide provides practical methods for living with this wonderful quality, based on traditional Buddhist teachings and on methods from modern psychology—particularly a technique called Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). The methods presented by the two authors—a psychotherapist and a Tibetan Buddhist nun—turn out to have a good deal in common. In fact, they complement each other in wonderful ways. Each of the sixty-four short chapters ends with a reflection or exercise for putting compassion into practice in various life situations.

An Open Heart

Author: Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780733613432
Format: PDF, ePub
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When His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited New York in August 1999, over 50 000 people flocked to hear him speak in Central Park. for over two hours these New Yorkers, a group of people noted more for their cynicism and indifference than their devout spirituality, listened in rapt silence. It was one of two public appearances by the Dalai Lama, which encompassed the whole of Buddhist practice, delineating the path to be followed in the pursuit of enlightenment.The Dalai Lama s commentary in An Open Heart provides profound and practical guidance on how to develop qualities of compassion and loving kindness, as well as generosity, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom, in striving towards the ultimate goal, the state of Buddhahood.The book has been edited by Nicholas Vreeland, a Buddhist monk who now directs New York s Tibet Centre, co-sponsor of the Dalai Lama s visit. It features approximately 40 photographs, from the Dalai Lama s descent to the tarmac at Kennedy and greeting from host Richard Gere, to his bowing before Central Park s huge crowd.With the enormous success of the Art of Happiness and Ethics for the New Millennium, both New York Times bestsellers, this more conventionally Buddhist book by the Dalai Lama will serve the public s growing interest in the profound wisdom he embodies.

Zen Heart

Author: Ezra Bayda
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825819
Format: PDF, Mobi
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There’s a secret to spiritual practice, and it’s surprisingly simple: learn to be present with attention. Do that, and the whole world becomes your teacher, you wake up to the sacredness of every aspect of existence, and compassion for others arises without even thinking about it. In Zen Heart, Bayda provides a wealth of practical advice for making difficult experiences a valued part of the path and for making mindfulness a daily habit.

The Mindful Path to Self Compassion

Author: Christopher K. Germer
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1593859759
Format: PDF, Docs
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This wise, eloquent, and practical book illuminates the nature of self-compassion and offers easy-to-follow, scientifically grounded steps for incorporating it into daily life. Vivid examples and innovative exercises make this an ideal resource for readers new to mindfulness.

A Fearless Heart

Author: Thupten Jinpa
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 069818646X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the west when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now, in this extraordinary book, the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us that compassion can bring us even more. Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of, and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world. Practical, spiritual, and immediately relevant, A Fearless Heart will speak to readers of The Art of Happiness and Wherever You Go, There You Are.

Living with Your Heart Wide Open

Author: Steve Flowers
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 9781608824465
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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 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.

50 Mindful Steps to Self Esteem

Author: Janetti Marotta
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608827976
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Sometimes we all need a little lift—something to put the bounce back in our step. If you are like many, you may struggle with self-confidence. You may also compare your successes and failures with those of others. If everything is going well in your life, this tactic may temporarily bolster your sense of self-worth. But what happens when things aren’t going so well? Based on the idea that true self-esteem is grounded in internal, rather than external factors, this book offers 50 easy-to-use mindfulness practices that will help you improve inner awareness and live a more fulfilled life without harsh self-judgment. Mindfulness can help you battle feelings of low self-worth by encouraging you to pay attention to your negative thoughts as they occur, accept them, and ultimately control of how you react to them. The exercises in this pocket-sized book are intended to be simple, brief, and powerful. These are practices to settle into each morning, perhaps before your cup of tea or coffee, and which can be sprinkled throughout the day when you are at work, play, or home. To help you keep track of your thoughts, the book also includes journaling exercises that will help you discover what actions may have led to feelings of positivity or negativity. By focusing on your own awareness and thought processes, you will begin to understand what factors cause you to feel bad about yourself, and honestly assess those factors without giving in to feelings of hopelessness. You will discover that true self-esteem has less to do with what the world is telling you, and has everything to do with what you tell yourself.

Mindfulness for Busy People

Author: Michael Sinclair
Publisher: Pearson UK
ISBN: 1292186925
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Be calm, be present, be mindful. Mindfulness for Busy People 2/e will show you how to apply the transformative power of mindfulness to your busy life, helping you to de-stress, find your own unique space of calm, and ready yourself for whatever challenges you face. Helping you to cultivate and practice mindfulness straight away, you’ll discover: · A no-nonsense, light-hearted, and clear introduction to mindfulness and its benefits · Unique and clever ‘I-haven’t-got-time-for-this’ exercises that you can do anywhere, anytime · A fulfilling way to feel less stressed with immediate effect · A new found confidence, resilience and a greater sense of optimism · Improved focus, energy, efficiency and creativity Feel calm, confident and in control – whatever you’re doing, wherever you are. Endorsements MFBP 2e · “Mindfulness has probably become more popular in concept than in practice these days. So many of us could benefit from training our attention and our self-compassion, if we could just find practical ways to integrate mindfulness into our daily lives and busy schedules. These authors provide the practical tools that you need to actually put mindfulness into practice, and to benefit from transforming your mind, without having to pack up to live in the mountains. This book is fun, usable, and helpful.” Dennis Tirch, author of The Compassionate Mind Guide to Overcoming Anxiety · “Mindfulness can be elusive... The "I'm too busy" thoughts show up and get in the way. The trick is to bring brief respites of mindfulness into a multitude of simple tasks we do each day. In this second edition of their wonderful book the authors have added, updated and upgraded ideas for bringing the power of mindfulness into our busy worlds. Get it and reap the benefits of simple mindfulness.” Kevin Polk, Ph.D., Psychologist and ProSocial Matrix Trainer · “The great thing is, we can all be a lot more mindful, even if we’re way too busy to meditate. This little gem of a book gives you a wealth of simple strategies to easily bring mindfulness into everyday life - thereby making it a lot more satisfying and lot less stressful.” Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap · “One go-to question in mindfulness is: What did you notice? Going through this wonderful book, I noticed how simple and concrete it made the practice of mindfulness. I noticed thoughts about wishing I had come across this book when I first encountered mindfulness some 18 years ago. Then, I noticed warm feelings toward the compassionate humanity of Mike Sinclair, Josie Seydel and Emily Shaw that shines through each page. The next thing I noticed was loving how this new edition delves on self-compassion and offers more on how mindfulness can help us identify, choose and embody our deepest life values. Finally, I noticed the judgment that this book isn’t just for busy people, but for anyone interested in living more effectively and learning how to befriend the whole of their experience.” Benjamin Schoendorff, co-author of The Science of Compassion and The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix. · “Fun, engaging and practical - this book is elegantly written by experts to help you learn the skills of mindfulness - and to apply them to this busy, stressful, modern world we live in.” Dr Joe Oliver, Director of Contextual Consulting and co-author of ACTivate Your Life. · “Accessible, actionable, insightful and user-friendly. This book will help even the busiest of people find more contentment, joy, calm and connection especially on the busiest of days.” Aisling Leonard-Curtin, Chartered Psychologist, Co-director ACT Now Purposeful Living & author of The Power of Small · “A lot of people would like to learn to live more mindfully, but feel they simply don't have the time. The second edition of Mindfulness for Busy People shows us how to bring the benefits of mindfulness into the busiest of lives." Russell Kolts, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Eastern Washington University, and co-author of Living with an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life · “Having read this new edition, I doubt I will ever again notice my mind telling me “I’d better watch the time” without recalling the “watch your watch” meditation - just one of a plethora of mini life practice suggestions in this accessible self-helper that contribute to busting through the self-inflicted aspect of the trance of ‘too busy’ness.” Marin Wilks, Chartered Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher & Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer · “Read, practice and feel the rewards - this accessible book has the power to change your life.” Dr Mary Welford, author of Compassionate Mind Approach to Building Self-Confidence and Compassion Focused Therapy for Dummies · "This book is an incredibly practical guide to reducing stress and boosting your effectiveness through mindfulness." Dr Rob Yeung, chartered psychologist and author of Confidence 2.0: The New Science of Self-Confidence.

Into the Magic Shop

Author: James R. Doty
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399183647
Format: PDF
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The author relates how a chance encounter in a magic shop with a woman who taught him exercises to ease his sufferings and manifest his greatest desires gave him a glimpse of the relationship between the brain and the heart, and drove him to explore the neuroscience of compassion and altruism.