Join us for a book talk with Shauna Shapiro, PhD and Lorin Roche, PhD on Shauna’s new book Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity. & Joy.
So often we feel stuck in our lives, that we’ve missed our chance and it’s too late to change. But that’s not true. Science proves that all of us have the capacity to change. One of the most important discoveries in the twentieth century—neuroplasticity—shows that our brain is constantly changing throughout our life.
This means that no matter what has happened to you, no matter what your past, or your current circumstances it is never too late to cultivate a happier, healthier more meaningful life. So then why don’t we change? It’s because there’s an important ingredient that almost everyone is missing: Self-Compassion! We think change is supposed to happen overnight, and when it doesn’t, we feel we’ve failed. We beat ourselves up, push harder… But science shows that this constant self-judgment and shame don’t work.
Shame literally shuts down the learning centers of the brain, robbing us of the resources we need to change. So what’s the alternative? We all have things in our life we want to change, we don’t want to stay stuck — we want to be happier — but beating ourselves up doesn’t work. So, what does work? Self-compassion. When we practice kindness toward ourselves we turn on the learning centers of the brain and give ourselves the resources we need to change. We realize that it’s not about being perfect, it’s about practice. Which is exactly what neuroscience tells us: what you practice grows stronger.
Good Morning, I Love You, offers ancient practices of mindfulness and self-compassion that modern science has proven can rewire your brain and bring about lasting change. It is a simple, yet powerful roadmap for how to live a happier more meaningful life.