Shauna Shapiro with Rick Hanson - Good Morning, I Love You (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Rick Hanson

All signs pointed to a promising future for the vibrant 17-year-old. Her entire life lay before her. The possibilities seemed bright and limitless—until they weren’t.

Shauna Shapiro was the star of her high school volleyball team and had just accepted early admission to Duke University when an early childhood health problem remerged, leading to emergency spinal surgery. Instead of finishing up high school with her peers and preparing for her freshman year of college, Shauna was living in pain, both mentally and physically with little reprieve. It wasn’t until she was given a copy of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are that she realized she could be happy again by practicing mindfulness. Flash-forward four years when Shauna is making her practice a reality, visiting and meditating among monks and nuns in Nepal and Thailand. Yet, even with all of the time she’d put into her practice back home, something here was different. It was harder; her mind wandered, and her frustration with herself took over. It became less about what Shauna could do, and more about what she couldn’t.

That is, until she met a monk who said five simple words that she’ll never forget—what you practice grows stronger.

It was then when Shauna realized what mindfulness truly is. That it’s not just about paying attention. It’s about how you pay attention—with kindness. That’s where the magic is. Because kindness changes everything. In her debut book, Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness + Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity + Joy, she draws on both her 20+ years of clinical experience and the remarkable research she’s compiled over the years, addressing topics that resonate on a universal level, like:

  • How we can encourage the brain’s neuroplasticity (its ability to change itself)
  • The roadblocks to self-compassion and how we can overcome them
  • Applying mindfulness to sex, decision-making, the workplace, parenting and eating
  • Mindfulness meditation and practices for greater feelings of calm, joy, and possibility

Dr. Shapiro’s goal is to teach us not only what mindfulness is but how mindfulness can work when used effectively. When it’s oversimplified, it loses its radical transformational power. Because it’s not just about paying attention, it’s how you pay attention—with kindness. What we practice grows stronger.

Shauna Shapiro, PHD, is a clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a widely published scholar whose TEDx talk, “The Power of Mindfulness”, has been viewed over one million times. She is a professor at Santa Clara University and a fellow of the Dalai Lama’s Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Shapiro lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit drshaunashapiro.com.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683643432
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sounds True - January 28th, 2020

Discover the Transformative Effects of Being Kind to Yourself

“This brilliant book offers us both the science and practice of how self-kindness is the secret sauce of fulfillment, transformation, and joy.” —Lorin Roche, meditation teacher and author of The Radiance Sutras