Self-Compassion for Smarties: Your Resources for Further Exploration

This month, DRIVEN is asking you to explore Self-Compassion as a means of achieving Clarity. Some fundamentals of Self-Compassion that we’ve looked at in detail are Journaling, the Growth Mindset, and keeping tabs on your Inner Critic. Last week’s blog article and next week’s OfficeHours webinar are both designed to take a deep dive into Self-Compassion as it relates to your resilience, productivity, career progression and your overall well-being.

If you’ve been along for the journey, and you’d like to consider some additional avenues of Self-Compassion, I have compiled some of my favorite resources for further reading, listening and watching. This lagniappe includes related DRIVEN articles from prior years and our favorite books/podcasts/videos on the topic. Some of these links related to Clarity through Self-Compassion will also link you to additional resources therein. Explore them, and then reach out to us. We’d love to hear what resonates with you in these areas!

For Watching:

Guy Winch’s TED Talk: We waste no time thinking about physical first aid, but we often forget how important Emotional First Aid is. Psychologist Guy Winch’s TED Talk is a must-watch to illustrate to us (recovering) perfectionists how we are bridling ourselves from living our greatest potential.

Tara Brach’s Meditation….The RAIN of Self-Compassion: Psychologist, author and Buddhist meditation specialist Tara Brach concludes an important talk by guiding us through this 10-minute meditation about the RAIN of Self-Compassion (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture).

For Listening:

The Bruce Lee Podcast: Did you know that besides being an astoundingly graceful martial artist, Bruce Lee was also an important philosopher? His daughter hosts a weekly podcast that shares the philosophies of this wise man who left us all too soon. An episode exploring compassion was especially moving and relevant.

For Reading:

More Emotional First-Aid: Guy Winch is back, this time with a quick and deeply meaningful TED-related article in which he gives us 7 ways to practice emotional first aid, since after all, emotional injuries can be just as crippling as physical ones.

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind To Yourself by Kristin Neff: “Using solid empirical research, personal stories, humor and dozens of practical exercises, Dr. Neff—the world’s leading experts on self-compassion—shows readers how to heal the wounds of the past so that they can be healthier, happier and more effective.” Find the book HERE.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown: “A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.” Find the book HERE.

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg: “From one of the world’s foremost experts on lovingkindness meditation comes a field guide for those seeking awakened living in the 21st century.” Find the book HERE.

10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris: “This book is filled with game-changing and incredibly practical meditation instructions.” Find the book HERE.

DRIVEN’s Website as a Fantastic Resource: We’ve written quite a bit about Self-Compassion. Give yourself the gift of 20 minutes and catch up on some of our highlights:

An actual event— one messy mistake that took serious self-compassion to get through.

If you’re not kind to yourself— you can’t show true compassion for others.

A Self-Compassion Primer— Mental Energy Maintenance through Staying Present.

Don’t Knock Self-Compassion— it’s the key to Emotional Wellbeing.

More, More!:

The Kristin Neff Website: If you’d like to explore more about Self-Compassion, check out the website developed by one of the world’s leading experts on the subject: Kristin Neff.

The Self-Compassion Assessment Tool: How Self-Compassionate are you? Find out by taking the ultimate online Self-Compassion test, developed by Kristin Neff. Answer 26 questions and get your score!

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