Authenticity, Self Compassion, Mindfulness, and the “Gifts of Imperfection”: Book Review

Authenticity, Self Compassion, Mindfulness, and the “Gifts of Imperfection”: Book Review

Last year, I went on a Brené Brown kick, as I like to call it. Her TED talk- “The Power of Vulnerability” was a viral hit, reaching more than 1 million hits on youtube.  I read several of her books, watched her TED Talk, and went to see her speak when she came to Seattle. I couldn’t get enough of what she had to say, it resonated deeply with me. There were so many ways I was sabotaging myself and preventing myself from being entirely authentic with others and myself.

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Sinking in Sadness, Swimming in Self-Compassion

Sinking in Sadness, Swimming in Self-Compassion

You’ve most likely heard of a P.D.A. (public display of affection) but have you heard of a P.D.S.? I found myself experiencing one last week unexpectedly at a YMCA during an aquafit class. P-D-S: Public Display of Sadness. There I was in the middle of a pool with happy, chatting, splashing Seniors when a huge wave of sadness washed over me about an impending loss of a loved one in our family

I looked around, initially feeling embarrassed and hoping none of these fellow exercisers would notice me. Then I looked for the nearest pool stairs in case I couldn’t pull it together and needed to quickly make an exit mid-class. Next came my strategies to redirect my thoughts and use my mindfulness techniques to bring me back to the ‘here and now’.


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Book Review: "Wonder" by RJ Palacio

Book Review: "Wonder" by RJ Palacio

A book review by Sierra Sanchez, MS, LMFT

How a book about starting middle school relates to every stage in one’s life. 

“The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-- though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.”

 --RJ Palacio, Wonder

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