CMSC Library

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion has trained over 1,600 people to teach MSC around the globe and among those talented individuals are a number of people who have taken the time to distill their wisdom, experience and training related to self-compassion into extremely valuable and insightful books. Take a moment to browse this amazing and practical collection of books and see how the resources of self-compassion can help us navigate everything from parenting to adolescence to our inner emotional and creative world.

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How to Tame the Tumbles

Eileen Beltzner, SCC, BA, MSW, RSW

How to Tame the Tumbles pushes the literature and practice of mindfulness to a new frontier where parents and children, together, can find an avenue to self-compassion. This concise and engaging book of fourteen chapters will guide parents and children towards a new appreciation as to how they can deal with the “tumbles” that inevitably arise from time to time. The book also includes helpful exercises and resource materials to “tame the tumbles.”

Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating

Ann Saffi Biasetti, Ph.D., LCSWR, CIAYT

A step-by-step holistic approach to recovering fully from disordered eating, using self-compassion and embodiment practices to reduce symptoms, increase body awareness and acceptance, reconnect to others, and step back into an integrated life. Dr. Biasetti offers yoga-based movement, body-awareness practices, meditations, and journaling exercises to help release long-held habits of self-criticism and perfectionism. Her step-by-step program will rebuild self-compassion, self-care, body awareness, acceptance, and connection to the self and to others.

The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are (An Instant Help Book for Teens)

Karen Bluth, Ph.D.

Your teen years are a time of change, growth, and—all too often—psychological struggle. To make matters worse, you are often your own worst critic. The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens offers valuable tools based in mindfulness and self-compassion to help you overcome self-judgment and self-criticism, cultivate compassion toward yourself and others, and embrace who you really are. Life is imperfect—and so are we. But if you’re ready to move past self-criticism and self-judgment and embrace your unique self, this compassionate guide will light the way.

Selbstmitgefühl entwickeln (German)

Christine Braehler, DClinPsy, PhD
Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor

Achtsamkeit ermöglicht uns, wach und entspannt im Hier und Jetzt zu leben. Die kleinen, kompakten Pocketguides aus der Reihe Achtsam leben eignen sich für den unkomplizierten Einstieg und sind randvoll mit Anregungen, Übungen und fundierten Impulsen für die Umsetzung im Alltag. Alle Bände wurden von erfahrenen Psychologen, Achtsamkeitslehrern oder Lebensberatern entwickelt. Entschleunigung, Gelassenheit, innere Balance — entdecken Sie die positiven Effekte von Achtsamkeitspraxis und innerer Entwicklung.

Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy

Deirdre Fay, LICSW, MSW

This book offers an unprecedented, attachment-informed translation of yogic philosophy to body-based trauma treatment. The result is both erudite and accessible, emphasizing ready-to-implement skills and approaches that are as groundbreaking as they are effective. Organized around key trauma issues and symptoms, this book offers clinicians a practical but far-reaching look at mind-body skills and techniques for helping trauma clients access their individual wisdom, develop secure internal attachment, and find the path home to the Self.

The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in —and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame — are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and eloquent book illuminates the power of self-compassion and offers creative, scientifically grounded strategies for putting it into action. Free audio downloads of the meditation exercises are available at the author’s website: www.chrisgermer.com.

The Mindful Doodle Book: 75 Creative Exercises to Help You Live in the Moment

Patricia Isis, Ph.D., LMHC, ATR-BC

This book combines the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness and doodling to inspire focus, creative expression, self-compassion, and awareness. Mindful doodling is fun, calming and can be deeply moving. The Mindful Doodle Book is a therapeutic tool that mental health clinicians can use directly with their clients. However, anyone can find these tools meaningful and useful to navigate a hectic world with loving, connected presence. Combines the benefits of mindfulness and the intuitive expression of doodling to help you relax, find focus, and creatively express emotions through spontaneous artmaking.

Mind Bubbles: Exploring mindfulness with kids

Dr. Heather B. Krantz, MD

Children are wholly capable of embracing these concepts when presented in a straightforward, appealing fashion that speaks directly to them. Mind Bubbles presents an easy way for young children to work with their breath while noting thoughts and feelings passing and popping like bubbles. The book is a clear, concise, and secular explanation of mindfulness that children ages 4-8 will understand and want to try for themselves. It may be read by or to young children and includes a guided mindful breathing script for teachers and parents to read so everyone can practice their new skills.

Wir Eltern sind auch nur Menschen! (German)

Dr. med. Joerg Mangold

“In einem leichten, einladenden Stil geschrieben, bietet Jörg Mangolds Buch einen frischen Denkansatz, der Achtsamkeit und Selbstmitgefühl verbindet, um die unvermeidlichen Herausforderungen der Elternschaft zu bewältigen. Er zeigt Ihnen Schritt für Schritt, wie Sie die Eltern werden, die Sie schon immer sein wollten. Und wenn Sie es nicht sind, wie Sie sich selbst die liebevolle Güte schenken, die Sie verdienen. Sehr empfehlenswert!”
– Christopher Germer, Klinischer Psychologe und Dozent an der Harvard Medical School in Boston

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Kristin Neff, Ph.D.

It’s time to stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind. This book offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life. More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients. Included are exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.

 

The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. & Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient, large-size format, the book is based on the authors’ groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos

Julie Potiker, Esq.

Julie Potiker turns some enormous lemons in her life into the sweetest lemonade in this wonderful book. She brings together practical brain science, powerful methods from psychotherapy, and her own friendly, funny, encouraging, and heartfelt voice to offer a wonderful roadmap and toolbox for when life throws some lemons at you.—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom; and Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence