In an earlier post about controlling your eating, I mentioned I was reading Kristen Neff’s book Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up And Leave Insecurity Behind.
My fitness blogging buddy Marion Shaw asked me to write a review on the book, so here it is!
On the surface, Kristen Neff’s book has nothing to do with fitness or weight loss. Despite that, I think it could be relevant reading for people who are trying to make healthy lifestyle changes.
And I think it should be required reading for people who wonder why their attempts at motivating themselves by harsh self-judgments lead nowhere.
Kristin Neff is a psychology professor at the University of Austin, Texas. She started studying self-compassion after discovering Buddhist mindfulness meditation during her last year of graduate school. Because of Neff’s background, her book is a an interesting and – in my opinion – successful combination of western psychology and Buddhist tradition. [Read more…]