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The Power of Self-Compassion

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,174 ratings  ·  158 reviews
There’s no denying that life can be difficult. Simply being human means experiencing emotional and physical pain. None of us escapes dealing with pain, failure, and setbacks. But learning how to practice mindful self-compassion can be life-changing. Self-compassion comes from the understanding that every human being suffers, that we all want to be happy, and that this comm ...more
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Published January 2nd 2020 by Audible Original
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J.A. A Giaquinto
DNF during the first story.

I couldn't deal with this one. I expected to hear about ways to help with self-doubt and finding your worth and being kind to yourself. But I came to screeching halt when the author talked about being denied her trip to Africa she had planned for a year... I feel like if she travels so much that she doesn't have a full page with VISA written on it that she would know how other countries work their passport rules. I'm like... no, this is a situation where you are well w
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is a good supplementary course AFTER you have finished a full-length self-help book or two. I first read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” and “The Art of Communicating” before I jumped into this course. In the first chapter, Cameron referenced Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings (the autor of the second book I mentioned). I was ready to give this one a rating of two stars because I thought she was just ripping off his works. THEN THE GUIDED MEDITATION STARTED.

I have tried ~meditating~
Jenny Baker
Audible Challenge: My goal is to catch up on my Audible library collection instead of hopping onto Overdrive and Cloud Library for my next audiobook.

Short and basic, but it has nice journaling exercises and guided meditations.
Roberta  Lynne  Ruben
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Four-hour audio course that introduces happiness research. The most significant new findings in happiness research is called forest gazing. Using going to a park, forests and natural beauty to quiet your mind and find happiness. Mindfulness meditation techniques and practices make up the majority of this course. I found mindful walking meditation techniques to be the most useful to me. I think using her self talking techniques while meditating will help most of us who suffer from body pain and s ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
If it weren't for Audible’s monthly selection I would have never picked this up.


3 - Good Book. Has all the right mechanics but it's just a little average. It's probably been done before or maybe it's not my cup of tea but I see the appeal and the potential. Many others may enjoy reading it but I wouldn't recommended this one too readily -especially if you're short on time.

I'm going to be blunt. There's nothing wrong with this book but there
Omar Bajaber
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'll start with a disclaimer. Based on most of the examples and anecdotes I get the impresion the book isn't well suited to all demographics including mine, although nothing in the book description indicates that.
Most of the examples and anecdotes were not relatable or rather the situations were relatable but the level of stress and authors suggested reactions were not relatable.
In fact most of the examples remind me a lot about first world problems.

Here's another disclaimer and this is still a
C Joy
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This is very enlightening and must be savored, not gulped. There are a lot of helpful content on mindfulness, some practice meditations, and journaling.
Roman Kurys
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oof. This was rough. I definitely had to put it on DNF a few times but just couldn’t let it be not finished. It was bothering me, so I consumed it in small chunks.

This book this the opposite it was meant to do to me. It was making me angry most of the time instead of calming me down. (Might be that I am the problem here, who knows?).

Overall I think the message was: “Self-Love”. Much like it seems to be the message from every other motivational book and meme these days. I suppose I just had eno
Elizabeth W
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did not care about this book. While I'm sorry the author missed her chance to go to South Africa, she was constantly referencing something that I could not relate to. I understand that the point is we should allow ourselves to feel what ever misgiving we feel, no matter its relative signifcance. But constantly referencing something that most of us never had the priveledge to consider doing starts to get distracting and sound like self pity, eather than self compassion. Would it have been bette ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
A two-star rating might be unfair for this Audible original; I think I just came into it expecting something very different from the final product.

The Power of Self-Compassion is a Meditation and Mindfulness 101 abreviated curriculum. Laurie Cameron leads the listener through ten meditation exercises to punctuate ten chapters of teaching behind mindfulness.

I think I went into it expecting more science and for Cameron to go into more complex teaching. But like I said, this is pretty unfair. As
Victor Villas
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
A spectacular letdown.

The examples are not at all relatable. There's almost no actual content to be learned, it's basically a 4 hour long meditation with long pauses for hand waving.

I'm a strong believer in the power of self-compassion. It's a much better goal than other amorphous self-help targets like self-esteem. Every time I see someone under negative emotions, self-compassion is the one thing I can trust to use to lesser the pains and sometimes revert to positivity.

But seriously, this book
Angelle Tusa
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
While there are some good ideas here, this book is far too brief to truly be helpful. For example she talks about the importance of journaling long term and how it can help you, but she only presents two journaling exercises overall. The concepts are all very high level, and many are not well explained. If I hadn’t already studied mindfulness, I may have been lost. I do think it’s a good idea to add positivity and compassion to the concepts of mindfulness, but there’s just not a lot here. It fee ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a self-help book about cutting yourself some slack. Great idea! We should all! But the author does not give directions how to do so. There's a whole lot of blah blah blah, read by the author as though she's reading a lullaby. It pains me to say negative things but in this case I wish I had had a heads-up. I paid $0 and feel as though I've been had. ...more
Philip Parker
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I really struggled to finish this book. She had some great points throughout but not something I enjoyed.
debbicat *made of stardust*
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audible
This was not bad. Not bad at all. It was an audible of the selections for members to choose from during Feb. as a free download. A lot of good points made and i tried some of the meditations. 4 stars just because it got me to try meditating. ;-) It was also useful to put on sleep timer and drift off to sleep to. I tried some of the journaling as well and enjoyed that.
Alan Teder
Meditation Course
Review of the Audible Original audiobook (Jan. 2020

This is basically a meditation course and is part of Audible's The Great Courses series and consists of 10 lessons of about 25 minutes each. The writer/narrator Laurie Cameron has a relaxed and calming speaking voice which reflects the material but can also be so relaxed that your mind can wander off topic, at least it had that effect on me. The several returns to the author's own stress topic of missing their own family's Afric
Prandlt Meyer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
My first impression was terrible and it never recovered. The author of this self help-book wants to convince you she is the right person to help you because of how she recovered from the worst experience in her life: being denied to board a flight to go on vacation. How did she deal with it? She went out with friends for dinner that night. The whole of the first chapter is about this life-changing experience.
From that point on, I could barely cope with the tone, the slow pace, the monochord voic
Norma Christensen
Apr 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I didn't get much out of this one. I'd rather do Tai Chi. ...more
Arm Patsawut
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad advice / too short / too shallow / zzzzzzz
เกินครึ่งพูดเรื่องสติ เรื่องสมาธิ เพราะถ้าไม่เริ่มจากการมีสติก่อนก็ไม่ต้องไปพูดถึง Self-Compassion อะไร หนังสือเลยพูดเรื่องการปฎิบัติเพื่อให้มีสติสะมาก เช่น นั่งสมาธิ เดินจงกรม (แบบฝรั่ง) จากนั้นพอสติไม่แตกไม่ถาโถม ก็ค่อยๆ คุยกับตัวเอง โอบกอดตัวเองเอง เมตตากรุณาตัวเอง เหมือนที่เมตตากรุณาคนอื่น และก็คลีให้เห็นว่ามีสมองส่วนใดบ้างที่เข้ามาเกี่ยวข้องในกระบวนการทั้งหมดนี้ และความเมตตากับความเป็นมนุษย์นั้นเหตุใดจึงแยกกันไม่ขาด
Rebecca Wilson
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, how-to
This was okay, and I did find it helpful.

It rehashes all the oft-cited research on mindfulness and neuroplasticity, and combines it with meditation and journaling practices. This research can be framed for just about any circumstance or group of people. I myself have edited self-help books — plural! — based on all the same studies. Now, this particular course is framed for upper middle class white ladies. So, like many other reviewers, I also found the author's central example of a life challeng
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not for me.

Edit: not that self compassion isn’t for me haha, but that this book isn’t for me. I did find a few information here and there to be useful but I just couldn’t connect with the author and her telling of experiences.
Alex Schmidt
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
This is a good book if you’re into yoga. I was looking more for something to learn from but this has mindful sessions where you need to stand/sit and focus and I didn’t have the time for that when I was listening so I didn’t get to fully experience this book.
Namrita Hansrai
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good reminder to practice self-compassion.
Kandice Miles
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I saw this book on my Audible Originals list and I just had to give it a try. I have been going through some changes in my life, specifically where I live and my new, extended commute to and from work. This change has added significant stress to my life and I feel as if I am failing somehow at living. I thought this book would be a great start.

This book was a very quick read. I listened to it while driving to and from work, which isn't ideal for the exercises the author talks about during each s
Amy Colbert
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.2 (audio) - An evidence-based look at the practice and benefits of self-compassion. Includes guided meditations and journaling prompts. It is more of an audio course than an audio book, so going through it more slowly might have increased its impact.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, amazing writer. Dr. Cameron is amazing.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated this quite a bit, yet not everyone who is open to "mindfulness" will be. If you are turned off by things you may associate with self affirmation, you will roll your eyes way too much to enjoy this. While it even strikes me (one who is open to more touchy junk and focus practice) as very touchy-feely, we should keep in mind that research has been quite conclusive that affirming phrases (and even the act of smiling) do make a positive difference in our outlook and can lift our spirit ...more
Olivia Chapé
Aug 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, I couldn't finish this!

This audiobook made me feel angry listening to her voice! If your passport ran out, then where was the rush to visit your passport office? It's not like you have to wait a few months to send it off!

There was no explanation of how long it had been since her last holiday. I was thinking maybe 5 yrs or even 10 yrs of planning went into waiting for the perfect trip? Perhaps she was completely isolated and needed a holiday for social interaction? No, she just went ho
Honestly, if you are into meditation, then go for this book.  Personally, I want to listen to a book that advocates self-care without meditation practices.  Yes, focusing on your breathing and taking the time out of your day is a time honored tradition to bring awareness to yourself and explore how you are interacting with the world.  If you are looking for a series of meditations that help you realize that you are worthy of love and self-compassion, treat yourself as you treat others, then this ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
As somebody who's been practicing meditations for about four years, this audio course was a delight. I am so far a big fan of all of the audible free meditation courses and used them regularly and some even more than a year. So I was low key looking for new guided meditations since I've been dealing with recent resurge of self-doubts and tend to go down the rabbit hole of self-sabotage when anything negative happens in my life. Sometimes even taking days from recovering from it.

I always choose
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Laurie Cameron, author, and founder of PurposeBlue, shares her energy and compassion to inspire, teach, and coach internationally. Recent clients include Google, Deloitte, The Aspen Institute, Cisco, Sunovian, Gemalto and Union Bank, among others. Laurie received the Five Mindfulness Trainings directly from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and offers these teachings as everyday applications. Laurie’s f ...more

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