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Gentle and fierce - two sides of self-compassion that we all need now

A vast body of research shows that the skill of self-compassion can deeply calm and heal us. But there's also a fierce "momma bear" side of self-compassion. And all of us - especially women - need it more than ever.

In the face of a threatening or unjust situation, have you ever kept silent because you didn't want to rock the boat or make things worse? And then, did you wonder: "Next time, how can I become stronger and more effective?"

That's the purpose of The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion. Kristin Neff, PhD, created this inspiring audio program to help you understand and build the two complementary aspects of this crucial skill:

  • The receptive Yin side self-compassion - how to soothe and comfort yourself when you're in pain and rest in loving, connected presence when alone or with those you care about.
  • The active Yang side self-compassion - how to see the truth of a situation with courage, protect yourself, and stand strong with others in the face of hostility or harm.

In the years since Kristin Neff and her colleagues first identified the trait of self-compassion, we’ve learned that being kind to ourselves does not weaken us. In fact, just the opposite is true: It makes us more confident, grounded, and resilient amid crisis.

Through fascinating research, stories from Kristin's own experiences as a mother and scientist, and key guided practices, you'll learn how to cultivate the full spectrum of self-compassion - to support yourself and others when it matters the most.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Kristin Neff, PhD (P)2019 Sounds True

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Great balance to previous work

This recording which focuses on the more active form of self compassion, the “yang” as Kristin calls it, provides a lovely complement to the rest of the mindful self compassion publications. It’s helpful, timely, and explained quite well. I love how the emphasis of the loving/nurturing/comforting yin is still recognized as being fundamental as well.

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  • 2021-02-17

Easy to follow.

Best of all the practices are doable. I thought it was going to bw textbook like. I really enjoyed it. I'll be going through practices again at my own pace.

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  • 2022-04-05

Very useful, give it a try.

This is so useful. I am dealing with trauma and often struggle thinking that I am not able to function as a normal human being. This is actually useful as a slow step by step tool to feel a little bit more normal.

There are moments in the practice that I suddenly get really angry suddenly, but the Yin practice helps me to see my anger for what it really is.

I also recommend to listen together with the original self compassion book, which I haven’t finished, but I find myself practicing this more often as I deal with anger and a lot of strong emotions.

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  • 2021-04-21

The author and book are terrific!

This is a valuable book with beautiful concepts of compassion. It is possible to benefit and apply both personally and professionally .