In Living with Your Heart Wide Open, Steve Flowers, a prominent mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher, and Bob Stahl, author of the bestselling Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, help readers use mindfulness to move past the universal feelings of shame and self-loathing and develop greater confidence and self-esteem.
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 in-complete. 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.
* This is the first mindfulness-based book specifically about overcoming shame and self-loathing.
* Shame is at the core of addiction, social anxiety, depression, and many personality disorders.
‘Living with Your Heart Wide Open is both healing and awakening. By questioning and transforming the many false and negative ways we understand ourselves, we find the joy of liberation.’
- Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart, A Part with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
Steve Flowers, MFT, is founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, CA.
Bob Stahl, Ph.D., founded and directs MBSR programs in three medical centers in the San Francisco Bay Area.