Mindful Expat Episode 14: Self-Compassion, the Two Arrows, & Learning to Surf

What you’ll hear in this episode:

• How you can create a pause between your initial experience of an emotion and your reaction to it, and how doing so will allow you to cultivate more self-compassion and feel less out of control in your life.
• About the differences between pain and suffering — and how our responses to our own internal experiences determine the extent to which we suffer.
• The Buddhist metaphor of the two arrows, which illustrates this difference between pain and suffering.
• How all of this might apply to the experience of struggling with adaptation to a new country/culture.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

• I mentioned a quote from Japanese author and marathon runner Haruki Murakami. This quote comes from his book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (which is far more about life philosophy than it is about running!).
• I mentioned Viktor Frankl, the famous psychiatrist who invented Logotherapy and who survived the concentration camps during WWII. To learn more about him, you can go here. The book that I mentioned (and the source of the quote that I cited from him) is Man’s Search for Meaning, which has been named by the US Library of Congress as one of the top 10 most influential books in the United States.
• I also mentioned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Wherever You Go There You Are, which provides a wonderful introduction to mindfulness. To learn more about Kabat-Zinn’s work in this area, you can go here.

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