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Mindful : December 2016
May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I accept this moment exactly as it is. May I accept myself exactly as I am in this moment. (This is the key to creating shift.) May I give myself all the compassion I need. Linda Graham, MFT, is a psychotherapist and mindful self- compassion teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. Self-Compassion brain instantly. Over time, these practices become steadily more reliable, the new “go to” when we are navigating the twists and turns of life. Mindful self-compassion shifts the possibilities of our responses instantly, in this moment, in any moment, and over time in every moment. Being kinder to ourselves becomes natural and effortless. See Clearly The need to feel connected to other human beings, to be seen, to have a sense of belonging, is so powerfully hard-wired by evolution into our brain’s circuitry that we can instantly feel the pain of disconnection from others, and then we can spin our own automatic stories about what that disconnect, or our reactions to it, might mean. Mindful self-compassion practices allow us to be kind and caring to ourselves in the moment of any reaction to any event in any relationship, recovering our equilibrium and openness to the moment, allowing us to see our reactions clearly and make wise and resilient choices about how we relate to ourselves and to others. A useful tool in helping to achieve this natural “self-righting” is the guided visualization on page 76, which I learned from Stuart Eisendrath, who studies mindfulness and depression at the Univer- sity of California, San Francisco medical school. Practices of mindfulness and self-compassion together allow us to make the wisest choices possible. We can shift our patterns of response to difficult, even adverse, life events, from con- fusion and reactivity to intentional openness and reliable clarity. Yes, shit happens—but shift happens, too. In this moment. In any moment. In every moment. ● PRACTICE 80 mindful December 2016 insight AD The Center for Koru Mindfulness trains and certifies individuals to teach the Koru Mindfulness curriculum, the only evidence- based mindfulness curriculum designed for college-age adults. Apply today! korumindfulness.org upcoming certification trainings A ug 7-11, bA ltimore, m D PearlStone retreat Center AuguS t 26-28, l ouiS ville, KY