What the “Fires” in Your Life Can Teach You

Sep 19, 2015

by Lea Seigen Shinraku

Fire and heat and impermanence are on the minds of many folks right now. In the last two weeks, wildfires in Northern California have burned over 140,000 acres combined. While the fires are becoming increasingly contained, they are still burning as I write this. Read the rest of this entry…


Self-Compassion for Healthier Relationships

Aug 22, 2015

by Lea Seigen Shinraku

It’s probably obvious that cultivating self-compassion will help you come into a healthier relationship with yourself. When you practice interrupting old patterns of self-criticism and relating to your experience with greater curiosity and less judgment, your internal climate becomes significantly friendlier.

What may be less apparent are the ways that self-compassion can help you have healthier relationships with everyone else in your life: from loved ones and colleagues with whom you may have ongoing interpersonal difficulties, to challenging people you encounter in your everyday life. Read the rest of this entry…


Where does self-judgment come from?

Jul 15, 2015

by Lea Seigen Shinraku

If you struggle with self-judgment, you’ve probably wondered where it comes from, and how you can find relief from it. In my experience and training as a therapist, and in my own personal process, I’ve seen that self-judgment can have a variety of causes. Read the rest of this entry…


From PsychCentral: Self-Compassion for Depression

Jun 16, 2015

I was recently interviewed for a PsychCentral article which focuses on ways that self-compassion can help those who are struggling with depression. Read the rest of this entry…