Steve Flowers, MFT |Bob Stahl, PhD |Tara Brach, PhD (Foreword)
Living with Your Heart Wide Open: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Unworthiness, Inadequacy, and Shame
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 incomplete. 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 audio 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.
Living with Your Heart Wide Open
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“The way you talk to yourself, including that murmur in the back of your head, continually shapes your outlook, your mood, and the circuits in your brain. In a warm, down-to-earth, and wonderfully useful way, Living with Your Heart Wide Open shows you how to change that storyline for the better for greater confidence and happiness, resilience in the face of stress, and peace of mind.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain
“A bedside book for the heart. A daily reading in healing for the part of us we have put aside for later. A letting-go of our forgetfulness of how very beautiful we essentially are. A turning toward oneself with loving-kindness.”
—Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death, Who Dies?, and Meetings at the Edge
Steve Flowers, MA, MFT (AUTHOR) has been deeply invested in meditation practice since 1974 and is in private practice online and at his Chico, California office specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Steve conducts the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic online and at Enloe Medical Center. Steve conducts numerous mindfulness retreats each year for the general public, physicians, psychologists, nurses and licensed mental health professionals.
Bob Stahl, PhD, (AUTHOR) is a long-time meditator. He lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years and is now the Guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz as well as a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center. Dr. Stahl founded Awareness and Relaxation Training in 1991, founded seven mindfulness-based stress reduction programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently directs MBSR programs at Dominican Hospital, El Camino Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital.
Dr. Stahl is a certified MBSR teacher who also serves as an Adjunct Senior Teacher for Oasis – the institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Janis Daddona (NARRATOR) is a professional voice talent and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University. She’s a regular blogger and interviewer for the weekly global “Forest Calls” offered through ServiceSpace.com. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to read self-help and other useful audiobooks to support people in their journey. She lives in Connecticut with her feline mentors, Buckminster and Kierkegaard.
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