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Paul Gilbert – The Importance of Self Compassion

Professor Paul Gilbert – The Importance of Self Compassion

Paul Gilbert is a British clinical psychologist. He is the founder of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and author of books such as The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges and Overcoming Depression.

Today learn about the importance of self compassion in mindfulness practice. You’ll also gain deep insights into how our brains have evolved and how we can learn new, more skilful ways, to relate to the minds we have.

The first video is a presentation by Paul and the second one follows of with a practice session where Pauls guides us in several mindfulness and self-compassion practices.

Also enjoy the third video is a ‘mindfulness and self-compassion’ meditation guided by Choden.

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If you’d like to learn more about Paul’s books and events go and check out his website at http://www.compassionatewellbeing.co.uk for more and you might also be interested in checking out the http://www.samyeling.org website where Paul and Choden often teach from.




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174 Responses

  1. Veronique Philips

    I only had a chance to hear half of the amazing talk, i was just about to start on compassion and emotions. Did someone take any notes and would be interested in sharing them? I can share my notes of other talks in this series.: goldstein, simon, kornfield…. Congrats of this amazing summit !

    1. lucie vachon

      I was unable to listen to the sessions from October 8 up to October 15, 2015. I cannot afford the cost. if someone can some notes it would appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time. Lucie Vachon October 15, 2015

  2. Laura Cardillo

    I’m so upset I missed this presentation. Unexpected trip to the doctors and a late work night, i was too late. Melli, I am LOVING this summit! Thank you SO much for putting this all together. I have not missed a day! (Except Dy 15) 🙁 Blessings to all of you and many thanks to all the speakers. I am so grateful for all I am learning,
    LOVE from Boston.

  3. Kalpana Patel

    I am unable to download the videos or audios of some of the soeKer. I have the full pass now. Please help. I love the whole program and it is very helpful. Thank you for the summit and speakers.

  4. Krisztina Mako

    I had an insight during the meditation – realizing that the compassionate part of myself was always outwardly directed toward others, and that by focusing it back on my struggling self, it formed a full circle and filled me with love. What a wonderful connection to make.

    Thank you.

  5. Nicola McCaffrey

    Hi! I also missed this talk due to work and was really looking forward to it. Would anyone mind sharing the video, the audio or even the notes? Do disappointed to have missed this one as it was probably the one I was looking forward to the most! Great summit and really loving the richness of all of the perspectives. Thanks for all your hard work Melli 🙂

  6. matthew bellas

    Hi. In order to enjoy and not miss anything I decided to purchase the whole program. I have already relistened to two days of the Summit. The cost is actually a donation to some beautiful charities. If you are doing this with a partner that’s half the cost 🙂 🙂

  7. matthew bellas

    P.S the videos/audios are not transferable. I tried to send one particular video to my son who lives in a different state than me and only the link to the Summit goes through.

  8. Peggy

    I am really loving this summit. One of the best I’ve ever been to! 🙂 However, I don’t think 24 hours is enough for everyone. 48-72 hours would really give everyone enough time and still close it off soon enough. Many of us cannot afford to buy this series, even if we wish we could. I am on a senior’s pension and I imagine many others have limited income as well. When I miss a talk, I go to YouTube and see if I can find a talk by that person ~ but I would much rather see the summit. I love you and I love the summit (thank you for having it) but I just wanted to share my feelings. Thank you.

  9. Laura Stell

    Yes! The science of the brain explains the experiences of quality of life, as influenced by our thought patterns and the mindset we choose to adopt, which governs our behaviors and relationships, with self and others. Paul Gilbert not only know and understands, but is also a highly effective communicator.

  10. Gillian Moon

    Love the concept of CFT! had a few technology issues with this – stopping and starting and I couldn’t tap into the meditation as it wouldn’t play at all. All good though the links to web sites etc are very helpful. Thank you Melli.
    Love and light

  11. colin robinson

    I missed this too,
    I would love to hear from anyone who heard something that resonated with them form Paul Gilbert’s Talk

    I have read some of his book , The Compassionate Mind, and found it very helpful and his work has probably presently had the most influence in helping reduce the anxiety and fear I experience in my own life.
    So I am dissapointed I missed it and would be interested to hear anything that anyone heard.

  12. Anna Knights

    Was really looking forward to seeing Paul Gilbert speak, as I’ve taken part in a group therapy based on his work for people with anxiety problems and have a few of his books. But I’ve not been coping well recently with my anxiety and depression (I think mainly due to due to losing track of the self compassionate and accepting side of being mindful, striving to not feel negative emotions, and fear of being content/not being anxious). So I’ve missed it because I’ve lost track due to my depression & anxiety this week. So disappointed!
    But there has been some great speakers I have seen, so that is good 🙂 SHAMASH ALIDINA in particular was a great speaker, so enthusiastic and clear in communicating his thoughts and ideas.

  13. Leanna Mamatis

    Thank you Paul Gilbert for this wonderful presentation on our brains. Your kindness and compassion flow through your talk. There is such wealth of information here that is concrete and immediately applicable to our daily lives. I will listen to this one many times.

    Melli, thank you over and over for finding such wonderful speakers and for creating a forum for us to hear them.

  14. Stacia

    Thanks for the reminder about our parasympathetic nervous system–the soothing, calming mechanisms that we can tap into to bring more balance into our lives. Thanks so much.

  15. Helen Williamson

    Paul said at the end of his talk “I shall make another short video about the kinds of exercises that you can use in order to develop your compassionate self” – where is this talk accessed please? Many thanks 🙂

    1. colin robinson

      Yes, I could not find the other short video about the kinds of exercises that can be used in order to develop one’s compassionate Self –
      I am still looking for them !

  16. diarmuid denneny

    Yes, is the video talk for the exercises downloadable? I’d like to be able to practice these offline if possible? Any advice greatly appreciated 🙂 Amazing summit, Thank you


    I really enjoyed the Summit. Thank you Mellie and staff for all your work and detail. I go back to the videos and I always find new aspects that I missed the first time

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