ways to Thrive

Let me share some of my favourite teachers and inspirations, new ideas for your journey.
Remembering ‘together we flourish‘…….

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Useful websites

www.soundstrue.com (meditations and on-line learning)



The Mindfulness Association:

Mindfulness Association

www.mindfulnessassociation.org Training pathways in Mindfulness and Compassion

Smiling Minds – All ages including children’s meditations.




Recommended Teachers

Tara Brach Ph.D (psychologist, author and teacher of meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening, compassion)

http://www.tarabrach.com/resources www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations

Rick Hanson Ph.D. (psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author.psychology and neurology)

Hardwiring happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013 www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpuDyGgIeh0

www.rickhanson.net sign up for his newsletter www.rickhanson.net/newsletter-signup

Vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame

Dr. Brené Brown, Ph.D. is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.


Dr. Kristen Neff Defines Self-Compassion as “having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others.”

For many of us brought up in Western cultures, self-compassion is not something that we are comfortable with. Until recently it wasn’t learned socially or taught formally at school. Being self-compassionate is a behaviour that we may not be familiar with. Nor a trait we may feel comfortable with, however it is transformational. Research evidences the benefits from calming our nervous system, to healing self-criticism and shame (see Dr. Brené Brown). Dr. Neff’s website is a really good place to start.

Self-compassion https://self-compassion.org.

Jack Kornfield https://jackkornfield.com/meditation-lovingkindness/

Professor Paul Gilbert (FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. ) THE COMPASSIONATE MIND FOUNDATION http://compassionatemind.co.uk

Books recommended:

Resilience – Hanson, R. (2018) Resilient: Find Your Inner Strength. London: Ebury Publishing.

Background to Mindfulness – Kabat-Zinn, J. (2004) Wherever You Go There You Are. London: Piatkus.

Meditation and the Mind – Nairn, R (2001) Diamond Mind: A Psychology of Meditation. London: Shambala.

Compassion – Brach, T. (2013) True Refuge: Finding Peace And Freedom In Your Awakened Heart. London: Bantum Books

Gilbert, P. (2013) The Compassionate Mind. London: Constable and Robinson Limited.

Peace in Daily Life -Hanh, Thich Nhat (1991) Peace In Every Breath: Practice For Our Busy Lives. London: Random House.

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