Over the last three weeks you have learned how mindfulness can help you to focus on the present moment, reduce stress and deal with negative emotions.

You have explored how learning to accept emotions, rather than resisting or reacting to them, helps let go of them.

This week you will take this one step further by learning to cultivate self-compassion when things are difficult.

A good way to understand self-compassion is also to explore its opposite; self-criticism.

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List of guided meditations

During the course of this program experiment with different types of meditations and think of what would help you create a regular meditation practice and what gets in the way.

Here is a list of guided meditations you may download and listen to as often as you wish. These meditations were recorded by Dr Richard Chambers, a clinical psychologist and mindfulness consultant.    

The body scan (5 min)

The body and breath meditation (5 min)

Working mindfully with emotions (10 min)

The body-breath-sound meditation (10 min)

The body-breath-sound-thought meditation (10 min)

Tuning into your suroundings (10 min)

The 1 minute practice