Today I had the good fortune to listen to a most excellent teleseminar sponsored by The Center for Mindful Eating. Jean Fain, LCSW, MSW, author of The Self-Compassion Diet, spoke about treating eating issues with loving-kindness.
- Mindful Awareness (paying attention to the here-and-now, just as you are)
- Loving-Kindness (treating yourself with love and kindness, as you would with a loved one)
- Common Humanity (remembering that everyone suffers, and that you are not alone and don’t have to go it alone)
Neff’s research suggests that self-compassion:
- Reduces emotional eating
- Improves mood and outlook
- Decreases depression and anxiety
- Enhances attention and concentration
- Decreases risk of heart disease (and some other diseases)
Yes, I think we need more self-compassion and less self-criticism and self-stigmatization of our bodies. If you would like to learn more, here are three excellent websites, chock full of information:
I know I posted Kristen Neff’s TEDx talk some months ago, but it’s worth repeating. Also, this weekend I’ll type up and share a simple loving-kindness meditation that Fain taught the teleseminar attendees.