State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Practicing Compassion for Self & Others

Episode #10: In this STATE OF MIND episode, Debra Sloss, LMFT is again joined by Buddhist nun and teacher, Venerable Tenzin Chogky and Patrick McGinn, a student in her Mindfulness Studies program. They discuss how basic compassion skill practices can help people learn to be gentler with themselves and others, and feel happier in their lives. Venerable Tenzin talks about the value of practicing compassion and highlights how it differs from other similar concepts. She shares tips on how to begin practicing compassion and gives examples of how to apply these newly learned skills. Patrick, a practicing Buddhist, insightfully describes how these skills have helped him to become less judgmental and led to greater joy and connection with others. He describes how the practice of compassion helps him manage anxiety, feel more comfortable with himself and grow closer with his family. Patrick tells how he learned these skills and shares simple things he does to keep them alive and working in his life.

Broadcast: 9/1/19

Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating our theme music.

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A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Livesby Thupten Jinpa

Classes & Workshops:

Land of Medicine Buddha for Dharma programs and secular classes on emotional balance skills and cultivating compassion and day-long workshops. You can sign up for emails to be informed of new offerings here.
Upcoming classes include: Mindfulness Based Self-Compassion
Upcoming workshops include: Compassionate Boundaries & Introduction to Compassionate Communication

The Compassion Institute (organization responsible for promoting and implementing the eight-week Compassion Cultivation Training)


Center for Nonviolent Communication
Needs Inventory List & Feelings Inventory List

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)

The Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley

Podcasts & Videos:

Sounds True: The Self-Acceptance Project with Tami Simon

Sounds True: The Compassionate Brain with Rick Hanson

Kristin Neff on the Power of Self Compassion at Greater Good Science Center

Kristin Neff & Self-Compassion website with videos


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