When it comes to the topic of mindfulness and self-compassion, my friend Dr. Shauna Shapiro is an internationally recognized expert. A clinical psychologist, professor at Santa Clara University, and author, Shauna has published over 150 papers and three critically-acclaimed books, including her latest work, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity and Joy, which comes out today. Interest and awareness of mindfulness and self-compassion has expanded quite a bit in recent years, and Shauna has been at the center of it all. She shares her own journey to mindfulness, the insights she has gained from her scientific exploration of the practice, and some tips for how we can rewire our brains to create more calm, clarity, and joy in life.
[2:21] Shauna’s latest book has just been released.
[3:38] What has Shauna’s journey been to get to where she is today? She shares how she found meditation, mindfulness, and self-compassion through a series of life-changing events.
[12:39] Shauna explains how she studied mindfulness and meditation from a scientific perspective with a clinical application.
[14:46] How has the approach to mindfulness and meditation changed over the years?
[17:17] What are some aspects of the mindfulness that Shauna teaches at the corporate level, and what implications does it have for integrating it into practices within the organizations?
[21:37] Shauna explains the story behind the title of her new book, Good Morning, I Love You, a rather unconventional title for a scientific book.
[25:41] Many of us struggle with how we relate to and interact with ourselves. Why are we so critical of ourselves, and why is it so hard to love and accept ourselves?
[28:54] Mark and Shauna discuss the idea of joyful striving and finding joy in achieving our goals and ambitions.
[32:21] What can we do to make tackling the difficult things in life easier? The 5% principle can help.
[35:02] Mindfulness in parenting has become very popular in the past decade. Shauna shares some of the insights she gathered in writing her first book Mindful Discipline and what inspired her to write it.
[39:20] How does Shauna think about calmness juxtaposed against passion in relation to mindfulness? Mindfulness is not just about being calm all the time, but about enhancing your senses.
[43:10] What are some practices that Shauna teaches that can help leaders and teams be more present and mindful?
[44:55] What is Shauna’s advice for dealing with technology and devices?
[50:32] Shauna shares her intention for her book Good Morning, I Love You.
“This idea that we can meet the present moment with kindness and curiosity instead of with anger and pain is revolutionary.” — @drshaunashapiroClick to tweet
“It’s compassion, as well as courage, that allows us to take risks, to be creative and to try new things.” — @drshaunashapiroClick to tweet