The Self-Acceptance Summit produced by Sounds True provides video conversations with 31 leading experts in the field of self-acceptance and self-compassion, including Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein, JP Sears, Kristin Neff and others.
The live portion of the online Summit ran from Sep 11 – 20, 2017 and you can now get free excerpts and also purchase recording packages.
“There is one relationship that affects your life more than any other. No matter who you are, what you do, or what you want to achieve, it is this essential relationship that influences every step you take on your life journey: Your relationship with yourself.
“Yet how many of us experience dysfunction with this most essential relationship?”
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Elizabeth Gilbert is one of the presenters at the Self-Acceptance Summit.
The Summit is produced by Sounds True, and the site notes:
“Best known for her New York Times bestsellers “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Big Magic,” Elizabeth Gilbert is a renowned author, traveler, and fearless spiritual adventurer.
“To kick off The Self-Acceptance Summit, Elizabeth speaks with Sounds True founder Tami Simon about the ever-deepening journey of self-acceptance, and how we are sometimes asked to go against the norms to be truly who we are.”
From the video:
Tami Simon: Let’s start right with self-acceptance as a topic that you care about – why is this an important topic to you personally
Elizabeth Gilbert: Well, I mean I’ve kind of been a student of it my whole life because I’ve had to be, because its absence – it’s moments of absence – in my life have brought me the darkest pain I’ve ever been in.
And the only way out of that pain of the absence of self-acceptance was to claw, study, fight, beg and inch my way toward it.
And it’s been what I’ve been up to for a long time, and it’s something that I still have to work on.
And there are times where I lose it. I’d have to find my way back to it again and again and again – which of course always means finding your way back to your heart – it’s the only place you’re ever gonna find it.
I keep looking for another way but so far I haven’t found one.
Kristin Neff and Self-compassion
Kristin Neff, PhD, is “an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
“A true pioneer in the field, over a decade ago she first identified self-compassion as a measurable trait, and now there are over a thousand published studies on the benefits of self-compassion.” [From a Sounds True profile.]
Her book titles include:
This brief audio excerpt with Kristin Neff is from her video for The Self-Acceptance Summit.
In one of her academic papers, she writes about this topic of self-esteem and comparing ourselves to others:
“Imagine that you’re an amateur singer-songwriter, and you invite your friends and family to see you perform at a nearby coffeehouse that showcases local talent.
“After the big night you ask everyone how they thought it went. ‘You were average’ is the reply.
“How would you feel in this scenario? Ashamed, humiliated, like you were a failure?
“In our incredibly competitive society, being average is unacceptable. We have to be special and above average to feel we have any worth at all.
“The problem, of course, is that it is impossible for everyone to be above average at the same time. This means that we tend to inflate our self-evaluations.”
From research paper: Self-Compassion, Self-Esteem, and Well-Being [PDF] by Kristin Neff, PhD, Social and Personality Psychology Compass 5/1 (2011).
More Self-Compassion Publications By Kristin Neff and colleagues.
Related audio program:
“But the research shows that healthy self-compassion increases our inner drive, our resilience, and our ability to excel.
“Self-criticism does not build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else.
“A strong sense of self-compassion is an essential ingredient for success.”
See more videos with Kristin Neff in article: Self Care For Your Creative Life.http://talentdevelop.com/56434/self-care-enhancing-creative-life/
Related article The Power of Self-Compassion – more by Kristin Neff and Danielle LaPorte. http://personalgrowthinformation.com/1346/the-power-of-self-compassion-course/
Another presenter is Gabrielle Bernstein – a NY Times bestselling author and international speaker.
Her Facebook page notes ‘Gabrielle Bernstein has been named “a new thought leader” by Oprah Winfrey. She appears regularly as an expert on The Dr. Oz show, and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times.’
Her books include:
Gabrielle Bernstein talks about healing from trauma and the ongoing journey of personal growth.
In her post “How to Heal Trauma and Accept Yourself” (on her site gabbybernstein.com), she comments:
“One year ago I embarked on a healing process as a result of unexpectedly uncovering a traumatic memory from childhood.
“Honoring my feelings and healing this trauma has been essential to fully loving and accepting myself.
“I have experienced many miracles in the past year thanks to my spiritual practice…”
She notes that in her full presentation for the Self-Acceptance Summit, “I share the steps I followed to reclaim my sense of safety, heal my wounds and accept myself fully.
“Today I am a whole, healthy and happy woman because I followed them faithfully!
“Whether you are healing from trauma or simply struggling to love and accept yourself, the Self-Acceptance Summit will help you quiet the ego voice of fear and cultivate compassion toward yourself to improve every area of your life.”
Read more about her work and her book on judging others and self-judgment, in the article Quieting Our Inner Critic.
Danielle LaPorte on The Lie of Authority
This brief audio clip is from the much longer video presentation “The Lies We Fall for on the Way to Our Truth” by Danielle LaPorte, for the Self-Acceptance Summit.
Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”
Learn more about Danielle LaPorte and her programs at her site DanielleLaPorte.com.
The online Summit from September, 2017 had live presentations from these presenters:
Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein, JP Sears, Kristin Neff, Ruth King, Danielle LaPorte, Matt Kahn, Tara Brach, Mary O’Malley, Richard Schwartz, Tara Sophia Mohr, Mike Robbins, Rosie Molinary, Steven Hayes, Iyanla Vanzant, Elena Brower, Glenn Schiraldi, Elizabeth Lesser, Chris Germer, Adya, Nataly Kogan, Rick Hanson, Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin, Parker Palmer, Kelly McGonigal, Seane Corn, Anne Lamott, Glennon Doyle Melton, Caroline Myss.
You can now purchase recording packages with “Over 37 hours of practical guidance and breakthrough insights, downloadable presentation materials, transcripts, and additional resources.”