THE MINDFUL PATH TO SELF-COMPASSION – DR. CHRIS GERMER
Though our personal histories vary, we women who suffer emotional and/or mental agonies across much of our lifespan likely share a commonality: we are bereft of self-compassion. As today’s Guest Expert, Dr. Chris Germer, explains, as we experience depression, trauma, long-term grief, or any emotional or mental agony, we instinctively develop aversion toward our experience. Rather than responding with self-compassion, we struggle against ourselves; and the pain we experience amplifies. “If we can find ourselves in the midst of suffering and acknowledge the depth of our struggle, [our] heart begins to soften.” states Dr. Germer. Rather than amplify our pain with destructive thoughts and emotions, with self-compassion we soothe and contain it, by reacting with loving-kindness toward our agonized selves.
Chris Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Boston area, specializing in mindfulness-and acceptance-based psychotherapy. He has been integrating the principles and practices of meditation into psychotherapy since 1978 and has taken numerous journeys to India to explore the varieties of meditation. Dr. Germer is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, an organization dedicated to teaching mental health professionals how to integrate ancient Buddhist psychology into effective modern psychotherapy. He conducts workshops and lectures internationally on mindfulness and self-compassion, is a co-editor of the professionally acclaimed book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions. To learn more about Dr. Germer, please visit his website, www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org