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How to Practice Self Compassion — Susan Pollak [234]
July 28, 2020

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None of us knew just how hard it was going to be as a parent. We mess up constantly. But when we respond to ourselves with harsh criticism and judgement, we leave ourselves feeling helpless and incapable. Even though it can feel strange, the practice of self-compassion is ESSENTIAL to becoming a more mindful parent. My guest today is Dr. Susan M. Pollak, author of “Self-Compassion for Parents.”


1.  We can tolerate failure better and have more resilience with self-compassion.

2. 95% of us grow up with imperfect parents.

3. “If you lose it, you can use it.”

Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, is a longtime student of meditation and yoga who has been integrating the practices of meditation into psychotherapy since the 1980s. Dr. Pollak is co-founder and teacher at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. She is the author of the new book, Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself. Visit her website to learn more!

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