My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Therapist's Thoughts

Cricket, Christy and I are having so much fun studying and teaching our Self-Compassion & Mindfulness Course. A teaser from Kristin Neff's book - So, why is self-compassion a more effective motivator than self-criticism? Because its driving force is love not fear. Love allows us to feel confident and secure (in part by pumping up our oxytocin), while fear makes us feel insecure and jittery (sending our amygdala into overdrive and flooding our systems with cortisol).
Cricket has such a loving heart. It reminds me of another quote in our Dr. Neff's book: When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. Pema Chodron, Start Where you Are


Erin said...

I've never heard that quote before but I love it!


Lovely quote, Becky.
Sending lotsaluv

Myrna R. said...

I love these thoughts. Wish i were attending your classes.

Brittany said...

Lol I love Cricket's eyes in this picture! She looks like a little cartoon dog with those eyes!