Make Peace with Your Mind

How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic

Author: Mark Coleman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608684318

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 5883

The inner critic is the voice inside our heads reminding us that we are never “good enough.” It’s behind the insidious thoughts that can make us second-guess our every action and doubt our own value. The inner critic might feel overpowering, but it can be managed effectively. Meditation teacher and therapist Mark Coleman helps readers understand and free themselves from the inner critic using the tools of mindfulness and compassion. Each chapter offers constructive insights into what creates, drives, and disarms the critic; real people’s journeys to inspire and guide readers; and simple practices anyone can use to live a free, happy, and flourishing life.

Awake in the Wild

Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery

Author: Mark Coleman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577317142

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 5623

“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hypermodern world. In Awake in the Wild, Mark Coleman shows seekers how to remedy this widespread malady by reconnecting with nature through Buddhism. Each short (two to three pages) chapter includes a concrete nature meditation relating to such topics as Attuning to the Natural World, Reflecting the Rhythms of Nature, Walking with Compassion, Releasing the Inner Noise, Freeing the Animal Within, Coming into the Peace of Wild Things, Weathering the Storms of Life, and more. Incorporating anecdotes from the author’s many nature retreats, Buddhist wisdom and teachings, important nature writings by others, and nature itself, the book invites readers to participate in, not just observe, nature; develop a loving connection with the earth as a form of environmental activism; decrease urban alienation through experiencing nature; embody nature’s peaceful presence; and connect with ancient spiritual wisdom through nature meditations.

Playback

From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money

Author: Mark Coleman

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780786748402

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 9646

Playback is the first book to place the fascinating history of sound reproduction within its larger social, economic, and cultural context-and includes appearances by everyone from Thomas Edison to Enrico Caruso to Dick Clark to Grandmaster Flash to Napster CEO Shawn Fanning. In a narrative that begins with Edison's cylinder and ends with digital music, the ubiquitous iPod, and the file-sharing wars, this is a history we have all experienced in one way or another. From the Victrola, the 78, the 45, and the 33 1/3 to the 8-track, cassette, compact disc, DAT, and MP3, the story of Playback is also the story of music, and the music business in the twentieth century and beyond.

A Kinder Voice

Releasing Your Inner Critics with Mindfulness Slogans

Author: Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1616496428

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 120

View: 4494

Combining thought-awareness, loving-kindness practice and mindfulness meditation, this simple, time-tested method can be used throughout the day to quiet your critical voices and ease the mind. Through short, accessible phrases, readers will learn to reorient thinking when their inner critic shows up. You’ve probably heard it said, and have maybe spoken the words yourself, “I am my own worst critic.” A negative internal running commentary contributes to a lack of confidence and low self-worth in many people.Well-known mindfulness meditation teacher and author, Th鲨se Jacobs-Stewart, offers one of the most effective approaches to calming a self-critical mind: the ancient Buddhist practice of using “Compassion Slogans.” Combining thought-awareness, loving-kindness practice and mindfulness meditation, this simple, time-tested method can be used throughout the day to quiet your critical voices and ease the mind. Through short, accessible phrases, you will learn to reorient your thinking when your inner critic shows up. Instead of making a negative thought stronger by fighting it, you will learn to let thoughts dissipate through lack of attention. When you remember to “begin kindness with yourself,” you will find that keeping a compassionate perspective on all that you do and say will allow you to transform your inner critic with a kinder voice.Some examples of mindfulness slogans:Everything is of the nature to change (even me)Abandon poisonous food (thoughts)Rest in the openness of mindBegin kindness with ourselves

Tame Your Inner Critic

Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose

Author: Della Temple

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 073874574X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 2005

Release Negative Self-Talk & Gain the Happiness You Deserve Uncover the authentic you, control the critic within, and find the peace you need to live your life on purpose. Learn to silence the persistent chatter of your inner critic and replace it with the voice of your inner guidance, your spirit. Tame Your Inner Critic takes you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the energy of your thoughts and turning the negative into positive. Discover how to use your innate intuitive abilities to heal these energies and discard judgments and criticisms that have built up over the years. Find your true north—your own internal wisdom that is connected to the divine and gives you guidance. With specialized exercises and meditations, this book shows you how to banish negativity, improve your relationships, and realize new ways to share your gifts with the world around you.

Freedom from Your Inner Critic

A Self-Therapy Approach

Author: Jay Earley,Bonnie Weiss

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622030648

Category: Psychology

Page: 160

View: 4037

We've all heard the voice of the inner critic—that part of us that judges us, shames us, and makes us feel inadequate. "You don't want to give in to the Critic, and it doesn't really work to fight against it," explains Dr. Jay Earley. "But there is a way to transform it into an invaluable ally." With Freedom from Your Inner Critic, Dr. Earley and psychotherapist Bonnie Weiss present a self-therapy approach for uncovering the psychological roots of our self-sabotaging inner voices and restoring our sense of worthiness. Filled with insights, case studies, and practical self-therapy exercises, this breakthrough book explores: How to connect with your Inner Critic through the groundbreaking approach of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy The seven varieties of the Inner Critic and their positive intent Healing your Criticized Child that is hurt by your Inner Critic Awakening your Inner Champion—the antidote to the influence of your Inner Critic How to transform your Inner Critic and learn to love yourself How our self-confidence, motivation, and courage improve when we are free from our Inner Critics "Self-esteem is our birthright," says Dr. Earley. "And even the most intractable Inner Critic can learn to let go and allow you to blossom." Freedom from Your Inner Critic offers a solution to one of our greatest psychological challenges—so you can reclaim your confidence, freedom, and joy in life.

The Power of Off

The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World

Author: Nancy Colier

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622037960

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

View: 4384

Effective mindfulness practices for transforming your relationship with technology and reconnecting with your real life Our reliance on technology is rapidly changing how each of us experiences life. We’re facing new issues and difficulties, we’re encountering new emotional triggers, and we’re relating to each other in new ways. As Dr. Nancy Colier writes, “How we spend our time, what motivates us, and what we want are all are on a radical course of transformation.” The promise of technology is that it will make our lives easier; yet to realize that promise, we cannot be passive users—we must bring awareness and mindfulness to our relationships with our devices. “The compulsion to constantly check our devices plays on primal instincts,” teaches Colier. “Even people with strong spiritual practices or those who have never had other addiction issues now find themselves caught in the subtle trap of these miraculous tools we’ve created.” Through The Power of Off, she offers us a path for making use of the virtual world while still feeling good, having healthy relationships, and staying connected with what is genuinely meaningful in life. You’ll explore: How and why today’s devices push our buttons so effectively, and what you can do to take back control of your life Tips for navigating the increasingly complex ways in which technology is affecting our relationships—with ourselves, others, and our devices themselves Self-evaluation tools for bringing greater awareness to your use of technology Mindfulness practices for helping you interact with your devices in more conscious ways A 30-day digital detox program to kick-start a new healthier relationship with technology With The Power of Off, Colier sounds the call for wakefulness, reminding us that we can use technology in a way that promotes, rather than detracts from, our well-being. This book provides an essential resource for anyone wanting to create a more empowered relationship with technology in the digital age.

Expect the Unexpected

Bringing Peace, Healing, and Hope from the Other Side

Author: Bill Philipps

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608684962

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 232

View: 3333

Love Reaches Us in Many Ways With testimonies from everyday men and women, celebrities, business leaders, and one-time skeptics, Expect the Unexpected is an honest firsthand account of how spirits communicate with Bill Philipps, why he believes they chose him to do this, and how he works with them to ultimately convey their messages. As Philipps confirms, it is normal to ask questions about what happens to our loved ones after death and to hope to reconnect with them. He offers insight and suggestions to help you ask for and receive signs with or without a medium and shows why he is convinced that readings always contain the possibility for love, peace, healing, and hope.

Daily Kindness

365 Days of Compassion

Author: National Geographic

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426218443

Category: Compassion

Page: 464

View: 7988

Lead your best year yet through 365 days of kindness. With enriching quotes from celebrated luminaries and striking National Geographic photography, each page of this moving book will inspire you to live with sincerity, compassion, and benevolence. Each month, you'll practice virtues like patience, respect, and generosity that will focus your mind and heart, creating fulfillment and contentment. Both inviting and motivating, Daily Kindness invites you to reflect on life's big and small moments, providing a way to embrace new ideas--and enrich your life every day of the year.

The Self-Acceptance Project

How to Be Kind and Compassionate Toward Yourself in Any Situation

Author: Various Authors

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622036301

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

View: 6802

Even after years of spiritual practice, self-improvement, or therapy, many of us still have trouble with one essential challenge: self-acceptance. How do we stop from constantly judging ourselves as inadequate, finding fault with our bodies, or being plagued by our inner critics? The Self-Acceptance Project was created to help us find a solution. In this collection of essays, contemporary luminaries in spirituality, psychology, and creativity offer insights and teachings for truly embracing who we are—no matter what our circumstances. Why is it often so much easier to feel compassion and forgiveness toward others than toward ourselves? Where do our self-critical voices come from? Can we be motivated to grow and excel while still accepting ourselves as we are? In these 20 offerings, some of today’s most trusted teachers share valuable practices and techniques for building confidence, transforming our relationships with our inner critics, and cultivating kindness and compassion toward ourselves on a consistent basis.

How Life Works

Author: Andrew Matthews

Publisher: Seashell Publishers

ISBN: 0987205781

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

View: 1228

HOW LIFE WORKS is about why the same things keep happening to you. It is about: How to find the love of your life How to find the work you love Why some people always fall on their feet - and how you can be like them. HOW LIFE WORKS explains why: It's not WHAT you know it's not WHO you know It's all about how you FEEL.

The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety

Total Relief for Mind and Body

Author: Julie Greiner-Ferris,Manjit Kaur Khalsa

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626258384

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 8559

The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety blends two highly effective anti-anxiety strategies—cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Kundalini yoga—for an entirely new and powerful treatment. Written by the creators of yoga-cognitive behavioral therapy (Y-CBT), this book will help you address the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety to find lasting relief for both body and mind. Millions of people suffer from anxiety—it can keep you trapped in the “worry cycle.” When you’re under stress, your thoughts are racing, and you find yourself repeating the same anxious patterns over and over again, it has a negative impact on your relationships, health, and overall well-being. So, how do you get past your anxiety to increase peace and relaxation in your life? Yoga-cognitive behavioral therapy (Y-CBT) can help. This book offers the first research-based model to combine the benefits of traditional psychological practice with the therapeutic benefits of Kundalini yoga—often referred to as the yoga of awareness. This combination will enable you to effectively address both problematic thought patterns and the physiologic outcomes of emotional distress simultaneously. With the proven-effective techniques provided in The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety, you’ll find peace for your anxious mind and a state of relaxation for your body. More than just being able to manage your anxiety and stress, you’ll be ready to transform your whole life for the better.

The Here-and-Now Habit

How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All

Author: Hugh G. Byrne

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626252394

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 9452

Bad habits can take a hefty toll on your health and happiness. In The Here-and-Now Habit, mindfulness expert Hugh Byrne provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you rewire your brain and finally break the habits that are holding you back from a meaningful life. Have you found yourself doing something and thinking, Why do I keep doing this? We all have an unhealthy habit—or two, or three. Yours may be as simple as wasting time on the Internet, constantly checking your e-mail, or spending too much time in front of the TV. Or, it may be more serious, like habitual drinking, emotional overeating, constant self-criticism, or chronic worrying. Whatever your harmful habit is—you have the power to break it. The Here-and-Now-Habit provides proven-effective techniques to help you stop existing on autopilot and start living in the here and now. You’ll learn how to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, be aware of thoughts without identifying with them or believing they are true, deal with difficult emotions, and clarify your own intentions regarding unhealthy habits by asking yourself, What do I want? How important is it to me to make this change? By learning to pay attention to your thoughts and actions in the moment, you’ll discover how to let go of old patterns and create healthier habits and ways of living that will make you feel good about yourself. And when you feel good about you, you can do just about anything.

How to Wake Up

A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

Author: Toni Bernhard

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614290679

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 2426

Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life's ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author's experience.

Embracing Your Inner Critic

Turning Self-Criticism into a Creative Asset

Author: Hal Stone

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062111949

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 1684

Hal and Sidra Stone are the creators of "Voice Dialogue" process, a therapy that transforms the inner critic from crippling adversary to productive ally. The inner critic. It whispers, whines, and needles us into place. It checks our thoughts, controls our behavior, and inhibits action. It thinks it is protecting us from being disliked, hurt, or abandoned. Instead, the critical inner voice causes shame, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and low-self-esteem. It acts as a powerful saboteur of our intimate relationships and is a major contributor to drug and alcohol abuse. Through examples and exercises, the Stones show us how to recognize the critic, how to avoid or minimize "critic attacks," and, most important, how the inner critic can become asn intelligent, perceptive, and supportive partner in life.

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind

How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

Author: Jennifer Shannon

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626255083

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

View: 9983

The very things we do to control anxiety can make anxiety worse. This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave. Ancient sages compared the human mind to a monkey: constantly chattering, hopping from branch to branch—endlessly moving from fear to safety. If you are one of the millions of people whose life is affected by anxiety, you are familiar with this process. Unfortunately, you can’t switch off the “monkey mind,” but you can stop feeding the monkey—or stop rewarding it by avoiding the things you fear. Written by psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon, this book shows you how to stop anxious thoughts from taking over using proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques, as well as fun illustrations. By following the exercises in this book, you’ll learn to identify your own anxious thoughts, question those thoughts, and uncover the core fears at play. Once you stop feeding the monkey, there are no limits to how expansive your life can feel. This book will show you how anxiety can only continue as long as you try to avoid it. And, paradoxically, only by seeking out and confronting the things that make you anxious can you reverse the cycle that keeps your fears alive.

Empty Your Cup

Why We Have Low Self-Esteem and How Mindfulness Can Help

Author: Yong Kang Chan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789811135590

Category: Philosophy

Page: 138

View: 5483

Struggling with low self-esteem? Still feeling inferior, unworthy and not good enough despite all your effort to change? On the surface, we should be happy. We have all the things we need - a decent job, a stable income, and great friends. We have improved our self-confidence. We thought that we had overcome our low self-esteem issues. But yet, deep down inside, nothing has changed - we still feel inferior to others. Why is this so? Why don't we love ourselves? The truth is we have been solving the wrong problem. We thought that by being more successful and confident, we will feel good about ourselves. But low self-esteem is a perception problem, it has nothing to do with our success or confidence. You can be wealthy, beautiful, or well liked by others and still don't feel good about yourself. You will understand more about this in Empty Your Cup. Download - Empty Your Cup: Why We Have Low Self-Esteem and How Mindfulness Can Help The purpose of this book is to help you empty everything you believe about yourself and reconnect with your spiritual self. Throughout this book, the cup is used as an analogy for the mind. You'll learn: The causes and impacts of low self-esteem How beliefs are formed 6 reasons why changing negative beliefs into positive beliefs is not entirely effective in the long run What mindfulness is The differences between the spirit and the mind What spiritual awakening feels like and ways to stay awake How mindfulness can help you love yourself Empty Your Cup is a simple book that isn't technical at all. You don't need any prior psychology or spirituality knowledge to understand the teachings in this book. So are you ready to let go of everything you believe about yourself and learn to love yourself again? Scroll to the top of the page and get a copy of Empty Your Cup now!

Real Love

The Art of Mindful Connection

Author: Sharon Salzberg

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250076528

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 5236

You are a person worthy of love. You don’t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world. Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself. Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions. Across three sections, Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits, and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved. With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection. By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion, and give the heart a much needed tune-up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.