The Mindful Path to Self-compassion, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"Buck up." "Stop feeling sorry for yourself." "Don't ruin everything." When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice?

What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them?

Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in--and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame--are essential steps on the path to healing.

This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action.

You'll master practical techniques for living more fully in the present moment -- especially when hard-to-bear emotions arise -- and for being kind to yourself when you need it the most.

Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author's website:

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 306 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9781593859756



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Germer does a nice job of tying a lot of things together: mindfulness (single and open-focus), loving-kindness (metta), compassion (which differs because one has to experience a pain to be compassionate), and he cites - with brief synopses - the present neuroscientific research and studies that suggest why these practices benefit one's health.Though other books go into more depth about each of these topics, this book is great because of this synthesis of a number of topics, but with focus mostly on *how-to*.Germer is a clinical psychologist, and he provides anecdotes as to how mindfulness and metta helped and helps his patients and even himself. Germer has traveled to India and practices meditation and metta himself.That Daniel J. Siegel, MD, (one of my favorite authors) has endorsed this book boosts its credibility.I think this book is particularly useful for those who would like to quickly learn for the first time about mindfulness and loving-kindness (metta), how to practice it, and briefly why science believes it works.

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This is a book that I tend to carry with me and read whenever I get the chance. I enjoy it but have yet to finish it...