Neuroscience of change, another take on neuroplasticity: self-compassion and awareness to start

Self-compassion and awareness are the qualities we need to start to heal our mind and body. Bringing mindfulness to a problem is the beginning of change. Paying attention to a process is changing the process! Even before any behavior changes.

Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, award-winning lecturer at Stanford University, and leading expert on the mind-body relationship. Dr. McGonigal is the author of The Willpower Instinct and Yoga for Pain Relief, and with Sounds True she has created an audio learning program called The Neuroscience of Change.

In this episode, Tami speaks with Dr. McGonigal about how we can consciously change the “default settings” of our brain, what we can do to tune into ourselves at a physiological level during difficult emotional situations, and how self-criticism can hinder our attempts to change our behavior. Dr. McGonigal also shares a practice of cultivating self-compassion. (57 minutes)

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To listen to more of her work, I posted on Beyond Meds a while ago a very interesting video in which Kelly McGonigal talks about willpower and choice: Willpower and choice…we can do simple things to strengthen our capacities to make healthy choices


By Kelly McGonigal: 

●  The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Program for Personal Transformation

●  The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

●  Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain

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