Last month I was honored to be a guest of Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, who had asked me to talk about and to answer questions on self-compassion.
It was supposed to be a video, but unfortunately my camera decided to stop talking to my computer just as the webinar began. But Leo kindly send me the audio of the conversation, and I invite you to listen to it below.
I discuss the practice of self-compassion in terms of a very useful Buddhist teaching extracted from the 12 nidanas (links) that illustrate dependent origination, or paticca-samuppada. These are (in a slightly adapted form):
- Contact: the mind’s filtered and interpreted contact with the world
- Feeling: the mind’s labeling of perceptions as pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral
- Volition: our cognitive and emotional responses, indicating how we should act in response to those feelings
- Action: our actual responses, created by the acting out of our volitions
As far as I recall I mainly discussed the first three of these as points where we can act to create a more compassionate response to ourselves.
I hope it’s beneficial to you. I’d love to hear what you think, and what your experience is.