Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
- Tara Brach is a psychologist, author and meditation teacher. She blends Western Psychology and Eastern Spiritual Practices. I highly recommend her books, Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. She also offers free weekly podcasts here.
- Insight Timer: This is a free app that you can download to your phone. It has hundreds of guided meditations of all different lengths and also offers a timer for unguided meditation. Bonus: you can see how many people you are meditating with worldwide!
- One of the most beloved of American Buddhist teachers, Pema Chödrön, has devoted her life to inspiring people toward awakening. She is the author of many influential books, such as When Things Fall Apart, Living Beautifully..., and The Places that Scare You. Her writing, which explores Buddhist concepts and offers paths to conquering subjects such as suffering, fear, and difficult times, has inspired people worldwide.
- Brene Brown, PhD is a researcher, professor, and author. She studies vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly..., and The Gifts of Imperfection.... Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million views.
- Dr. Shefali Tsabary is a world-renowned clinical psychologist and author of three books: The Conscious Parent, Out of Control..., and The Awakened Family. The Conscious Parent has been endorsed by Oprah as one of the most profound books on parenting she has ever read.
Eating and Body Image Concerns
- Geneen Roth is the author of nine books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller When Food Is Love. Geneen Roth's pioneering books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live, and that our relationship to food, money, love is an exact reflection of our deepest held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain, and scarcity we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.