Discover the Transformative Effects of Being Kind to Yourself
“This brilliant book offers us both the science and practice of how self-kindness is the secret sauce of fulfillment, transformation, and joy.” —Lorin Roche, meditation teacher and author of The Radiance Sutras
Many of us yearn to feel a greater sense of inner calm, ease, joy, and purpose. We have tried meditation and found it too difficult. We judge ourselves for being no good at emptying our minds (as if one ever could) or compare ourselves with yogis who seem to have it all together. We live in a steady state of “not good enough.” It does not have to be this way.
In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shauna Shapiro brings alive the brain science behind why we feel the way we do—about ourselves, each other, and the world—and explains why we get stuck in thinking that doesn’t serve us. It turns out that we are hardwired to be self-critical and negative! And this negativity is constantly undermining our experience of life.
“It is never too late to rewire your brain for positivity—for calm, clarity, and joy,” writes Dr. Shapiro. “I know this is possible because I experienced it. Best of all, you can begin wherever you are.” In short, lively chapters laced with science, wisdom, and story, Shapiro, one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness on the brain, shows us that acting with kindness and compassion toward ourselves is the key.
With her roadmap to guide you, including her signature “Good Morning, I Love You” practice, in which you deliberately greet yourself each day with these simple words, you can change your brain’s circuitry and steady yourself in feelings of deep calm, clarity, and joy. For good.
Shapiro (The Art and Science of Mindfulness), a clinical psychologist, presents a well-researched, emotionally focused guide to mindfulness, meditation, and self-care. Shapiro centers her work on themes of "Intention, Attention and Attitude" that lead to approaching life with "kindness and curiosity." She outlines ways to apply the concepts of mindfulness to activities including working, eating, and parenting, such as bringing "intention and attention" to interactions with one's children. She also explores the "emotional regulation" benefits of mindfulness for dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness, she writes, "helps us to see clearly so we can make wise choices and respond to life effectively" by rewiring the brain through "positive neuroplasticity." Each chapter includes meditative and reflective exercises and Shapiro's "gold nugget" summations: "You can be your own inner ally. You are never alone in your suffering." She also cites many studies to back up her claims about the health benefits of mindfulness and compassion. Marrying self-help concepts and meditative practices grounded in scientific research, Shapiro's comprehensive, persuasive catalogue of mindfulness techniques will appeal to secular and spiritual readers alike.