The Science of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

How to Build New Habits to Transform Your Life
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Two pioneers in the fields of mindfulness and self-compassion share their research and guided practices to help you and others become more capable, courageous, loving, and resilient.
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Learn the science of self-compassion and mindfulness to heal and build resilience
In the face of a setback or failure, is your first response to "get tough" on yourself? Do you worry that being too easy on yourself will make you "go soft"? In fact, over a decade of research shows that mindful self-compassion makes us stronger, not weaker. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion:
Reduce anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, and chronic pain.
Make us more capable, connected with others, and, resilient.
Improve our health, personal relationships, and ability to achieve our aspirations.
In this immersive, seven-hour audio program—presented to an audience of psychotherapists, caregivers, teachers, and meditators—you'll join two pioneering researchers to explore:

  • The science supporting the many benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion
  • How to build kind awareness through meditations, physical gestures, and many other tested methods
  • How to cultivate presence, ease, and courage

Taught with depth, humor, and an empathy for those in need, Shauna Shapiro and Kristin Neff weave surprising scientific insights, their own stories as dedicated mothers and researchers, and a wealth of guided practices to bring mindfulness and self-compassion into every area of our lives.

  • Three ingredients of effective mindfulness: Intention, Attention, and Attitude
  • Posture, movement, touch, and tone of voice—somatic tools to activate self-compassion
  • Self-esteem versus self-compassion—crucial differences
  • Working with a challenging client, parent, or child (and not burning out)
  • Healing trauma—guidance for survivors and therapists
  • How mindfulness and self-compassion foster secure attachment within ourselves
  • Interconnectedness and inter-being—how self-compassion and mindfulness expand our empathy and sense of self—and many other topics
Format Details
Audio CD
Contents Digital Audio (7 hours, 12 minutes) 7 CDs (7 hours, 12 minutes)
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF05680W AF05680D
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-282-4 978-1-68364-281-7
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Kristin Neff

About Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is currently an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion nearly 20 years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They coauthored the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. Her newest work focuses on how to balance self-acceptance with the courage to make needed change. In June 2021, she will publish Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

For more information on self-compassion, including a self-compassion test, research articles, and practices, go to

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Shauna Shapiro

About Shauna Shapiro

Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a bestselling author, clinical psychologist, and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a professor at Santa Clara University and has published over 150 papers and three critically acclaimed books, translated into 16 languages. Dr. Shapiro has presented her research to the king of Thailand, the Danish government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, and the World Council for Psychotherapy, as well as to Fortune 100 companies including Google, Cisco Systems, and LinkedIn. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Oprah, NPR, and American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, cofounded by the Dalai Lama. Her TEDx Talk, “The Power of Mindfulness,” has been viewed over 3 million times.

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