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Kristin Neff, PhD

The Power of Self-Compassion and Equanimity

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What You'll Learn

  • Understand why motivation through self-compassion is more effective and more sustainable than motivation through fear, and find examples of how both might be showing up in your life

  • Learn the crucial difference between self-compassion vs self-esteem, and why self-compassion specifically is linked to positive effects on resilience and motivation

  • Follow along in a guided practice and hear practical tips to cultivate more self-compassion and equanimity in every part of your day

About Kristin Neff, PhD

Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over fifteen years ago. She has co-developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and is author of the books Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. For information about self-compassion, including a self-compassion text, research articles, guided meditations and practices, visit her website.

Kristen has also developed a training specifically for healthcare providers called Self Compassion for Healthcare Communities. To learn more about this training visit the website here.

About Mark Bertin, MD

Mark Bertin, MD is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.

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17 Comments

  1. Raji Malayamchath May 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much .

  2. John Mosedale, LICSW May 28, 2019 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Thanks. I have found from my own loving kindness/compassion practice that if I begin with settling kindly with myself and then extend acceptance and equanimity to others, I am more present, resilient and authentically available. I was taught differently or somewhat in the reverse. Dr Neff reminds me that I am more equanimitous if I start with where I’m at first, allowing my wellness to emanate inward, then outward in various experiencial ratios.

  3. Letha Joseph May 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Very good

  4. Amanda May 27, 2019 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for this presentation. As a music therapist, I feel empathy fatigue from watching my residents suffer and feel doubt over my skills and effectiveness as a music therapist from time to time. Learning self-compassion will help me be a better music therapist for those I’ve been called to serve. Thank you again!

  5. Diane Bossung May 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you Kristin. I benefited from your talk on many levels. I found the phrases that started and ended the compassion practice you led for us profoundly useful: We are each on our own life journey. I am not the cause of this person’s suffering, nor is it entirely within my power to make it go away, even though I wish I could. Moments like these are difficult to bear, yet I may still try to help if I can.

  6. Patricia Dellacha May 27, 2019 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Muchas Gracias! Gracias por compartir !!

  7. Carmen Silva-Baker May 27, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful talk and the gift of the compassion exercise.

  8. Carmen Silva-Baker May 27, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful of the presentation by doctor Kristin Neff, the compassion exercise exceeds what I was hoping for.
    It is an enormous help.

  9. Jyoti Gupta May 27, 2019 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I am so grateful ??

  10. aytac tuzmen erdogan May 27, 2019 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Hi, amazing resource, thanks a lot for sharing.
    love from Istanbul

  11. Roseanne Turner May 27, 2019 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Thank you, what a beautiful and insightful summary!!
    I just want to pick up on the notion of touch … I find that the modern way of care workers only touching patients through gloves to be alienating … is there any research on this? Does touch through gloves carry the same benefit as skin-to-skin touch. With prem babies, we make a point of saying it must be skin to skin … ie remove the clothes. Why not with adults? Sick people often never feel comforting touch without the latex barrier. Roseanne, South Africa.

  12. Samba Nyirenda,MD May 27, 2019 at 2:05 am - Reply

    Thank you.

  13. Pakhi May 27, 2019 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Thank you. I have started your book and love it. I can feel you embody your work and am grateful for your generous sharing. I love the exercise at the end of you ur talk as well. Will take it with me as I go to work a nightshift tonight.

  14. Kai May 27, 2019 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Very inspiring talk, thank you so much!

  15. Paula Legue May 26, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    It’s so inspiring to listen to Kristin Neff. I feel like she really is what she promotes. I think there are a lot of incredible researchers, but only few of them are able to practice what they preach.
    I felt her so calm, compassionate, relax, with a sense of humor. She is amazing!!
    Greetings from Chile 🙂

  16. Merja Kehl May 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Another most intriguing talk! The equanimity exercise is interesting, and thank you for the phrases.

  17. Vera K May 26, 2019 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Excellent!

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