The Self-Compassion Card Deck
The Self-Compassion Card Deck
The Self-Compassion Card Deck
The Self-Compassion Card Deck

The Self-Compassion Card Deck

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Cultivate kindness & compassion for yourself and others! The Self-Compassion Deck offers 50 mindfulness-based practices for use at home, in the classroom, or therapy office. Commit to these easy, yet meaningful exercises in kindheartedness and gain a deeper appreciation for yourself and your life. The practice of self-compassion has been proven to:

* Improve well-being

* Regulate emotions

* Reduce depression and anxiety

How to Use This Deck

The idea is simple. On your own, you can pick a card to practice for the day or the week. A therapist can have clients pick a card at the end of the session, or a teacher can hand cards out to students to practice alone or as a group.

You can also design your own personal growth program by committing to a daily practice of a card's suggestions for a week, a month, or longer, or by sorting out the cards that are most powerful for you. There are also blank cards for you to create your own practices.

However you use it, the willingness to engage the deck will already lead to greater self-compassion and well-being!

c. 2016

About the Author:

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a Boston-based clinical psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness and contemplative practices. The author of Child's Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and leads popular workshops around the world. For more information, visit

Dr. Mitch Abblett is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant, and speaker. As a clinician, his services focus on working with children, teens, parents, families, and adults with whom he creates solutions for a range of concerns or desired growth areas. A clinician in the Boston area for over 15 years, he brings a wealth of clinical experience from various settings (hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential facilities, and therapeutic schools) to his practice.

Tim Desmond is a practicing psychotherapist, author, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center, he lives in Alstead, NH, and teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to professional and popular audiences around the world. He has presented at hundreds of conferences and seminars, including at Yale Medical School, the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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