In only one hour, we found a key source of suffering.
Tara Brach kicked off our mindfulness series this week, and her wise words about the agony of self-judgment resonated.
She also told us why we need to show patients the goodness in themselves.
You added to her ideas on the comment board by sharing some thoughts on how to apply this. Here are a few:
- “In listening to this broadcast I realized that behind what someone said about feeling like a failure was probably his desire to do well. I had never thought to what was behind his words. I will suggest this to him and see if he can feel compassion for himself rather than the self reprimand.”- Joanne D. Gray, Mental Health Therapist, British Columbia
- “I am currently holding workshops for middle school counselors and teachers about applying mindfulness practices and in particular compassion practice when working with students who are struggling emotionally/behaviorally. After tonight’s lecture, I want to make sure that I refer them to RAIN.”- Kristen Leren, School Psychologist, Haddonfield, NJ
- “[Tara’s] precision of language, without using too much technical talk, really makes this understandable . . . Her description of RAIN and the trance of unworthiness is so useful! In fact, just this morning I described this to a colleague who feels trapped in an abusive relationship.”- Sarah Meredith, Yoga Teacher, Brooklyn, NY
Many of the staff here (and many of you) found Tara’s words about self-compassion particularly helpful. It’s essential for practitioners to share self-compassion with patients.
Tara’s way of putting this was so compelling, I’d hate for anyone to miss it. So we’d like to share this short video on compassion and self-judgment again:
How will you use this advice in your practice? If you saw last night’s call, what did you find most engaging about it? Share your thoughts below.