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September 2019

Talk at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens, Austin

September 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Night under One Sky. I will be speaking in the Umlauf Sculpture gardens at this special fundraising event for Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT). The talk will focus on the yin and yang sides of self-compassion. Yin self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way, as we naturally do for our friends who struggle. Yang self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves – saying “no” to others who are hurting us, drawing our boundaries firmly; giving ourselves what we need to be fulfilled mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and motivating ourselves to reach our goals or make needed changes. This yang energy is especially needed in our world today to stand up to social injustice.

Sponsored by Interfaith Action of Central Texas


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Keynote at the Sounds True Gathering, Scotts Valley, CA

September 27

On September 27, 2019 I will be speaking at this four day in-person gathering (Sept. 26-29) to support the new Sounds True Foundation, a nonprofit initiative dedicated to making transformational education widely available to communities in need, as well as to people who are actively working to uplift and protect our society—teachers, veterans, law enforcement professionals, and leaders of social justice and environmental organizations. The deadline for early bird registration is June 30, 2019.

During this transformational four-day experience, you will have the opportunity to connect in a very up close and personal way not only with me, but with well-known teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Snatam Kaur, Adyashanti, Mark Nepo, Ruth King, Seane Corn, and many more.

The program is designed to help you open to your own deepest heart and sense of guidance. For four days, we will come together as a transformational learning community, letting go of whatever it is time to release, stretching our hearts wider and wider, and receiving inner directives about our next creative steps.

Sponsored by Sounds True

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October 2019

Keynote at Eating Disorders Conference, Plano, TX

October 4

I will be speaking at the Children's Health 5th Annual Eating Disorders Symposium focusing on the theme of "Cultivating Connections: Innovations in Eating Disorders Treatment.” This is a daylong symposium held by The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children's Medical Center Plano, which is the only pediatric eating disorder treatment center in the nation that holds the prestigious disease-specific Joint Commission accreditation in the treatment of eating disorders.

My talk will focus on self-compassion as a healthier way of relating to oneself and one's body than self-esteem. It will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will also discuss research on the link between self-compassion, body image and eating disorders.

Sponsored by Children's Health

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