Unhooking from Your Past

Letting go of what no longer serves you


You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza. Combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . The book ends with a “how-to” meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back-the first step in healing (Publisher’s summary).

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Joe Dispenza (YouTube, about 57mins). This is an interview with Dispenza based on the book of the same title. This book has also been turned into an online course.


LOVE WARRIOR: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle. A memoir of betrayal and self-discovery … a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are all born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life (Publisher’s summary).



Getting past your past: take control of your life with self-help techniques from EMDR therapy by Francine Shapiro. A totally accessible user’s guide…Whether we’ve experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don’t fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower readers looking to achieve real change. Shapiro, the creator of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), explains how our personalities develop and why we become trapped into feeling, believing and acting in ways that don’t serve us. Through detailed examples and exercises, readers will learn to understand themselves, and why the people in their lives act the way they do. Most importantly, readers will also learn techniques to improve their relationships, break through emotional barriers, overcome limitations and excel in ways taught to Olympic athletes, successful executives and performers (Publisher’s summary).

Getting Past Your Past: Taking Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy – Hosted by Mary Waldon, LCSW (January 29, 2013, radio interview with Francine Shapiro, about 57 mins)


The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive By Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.  Are you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient large-size format, the book is based on the authors’ groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is packed with guided meditations (with audio downloads); informal practices to do anytime, anywhere; exercises; and vivid stories of people using the techniques to address relationship stress, weight and body image issues, health concerns, anxiety, and other common problems (Publisher’s summary).


Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others by Paul Gilbert and Choden. Written by the founder of compassion-focused therapy (CFT), Paul Gilbert and former Buddhist monk, Choden, Mindful Compassion is a unique blending of evolutionary and Buddhist psychology. In this breakthrough book, you’ll learn how traditional mindfulness and compassion can work in harmony to offer a new, effective, and practical approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems (Publisher’s summary).

6 Who Would You Be Without Your Story? by  Byron Katie. This book has been turned into an online course. 6

Compassionate Mind Australia – a hub for people interested in the study and application of compassion practices.

The Compassionate Mind Foundation  – promotes wellbeing by facilitating the scientific understanding and application of compassion.