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Hi Community,

Happy Autumn!
This month's newsletter is devoted to curiosity ~ a quality I see as a form of kindness. I hope you find it supportive.

This Saturday I'll be at Austin Zen Center, where I'll give a free morning talk, followed by a Love Yourself, No Matter What workshop in the afternoon. If you're in the area, you are warmly welcome to attend.

I'll also be offering Love Yourself, No Matter What next weekend on October 12 from 1pm-4pm in San Francisco. I've developed a new self-compassion process that I'm excited to share with people, so no one will be turned away for lack of funds, and folks can bring a friend for free. And, this means that if you've come to a workshop with me before, you may want to check this one out because I'll share a new, nourishing practice.

Please click the links in the sidebar below for more information about these offerings, as well as my monthly meditation group. 

Wishing you an easeful and enlivening week!
~ October 2013 Newsletter ~

Get Curious


If you're struggling with self-criticism, the prospect of meeting your experience with kindness and compassion can seem daunting. At those times, it can be helpful to remember that compassion is expressed in infinite ways, and curiosity can be a potent form. Genuine curiosity has no agenda. When you meet your experience from that place, you're open to possibility and discovery. You may think that you know all there is to know about your self-judgment. Maybe. And there also may be a hidden wisdom in the dance you do with it; something you haven’t yet discovered.
The next time you notice that you're stuck in a trance of self-criticism, see if you can meet it with genuine curiosity. You might ask: What thoughts are present right now? What story am I telling myself about my experience and what it means about me? Is any of it actually true? What sensations am I experiencing in my body as I name this experience as self-judgment? Can I allow the story to be present without following it? What is this thing I call self-judgment anyway? Who is the judge? Where is he or she? 
In this way, you might allow your experience to be what it is, and see what happens when you neither turn away from it, or identify with it. When, instead, you meet yourself as you are. 

Upcoming Events
Love Yourself,
No Matter What

(morning lecture and afternoon workshop)
Austin Zen Center
October 5
peony petal heart
Love Yourself,
No Matter What

San Francisco
October 12
Self-Compassion Circle
Monthly Meditation Group
Next Meeting: Oct. 28

Always we hope someone else has the answer.
Some other place will be better.
Some other time it will all turn out.
This is it.
No one else has the answer.
No other place will be better.
And it has already turned out.
At the center of your being, you have the answer.
You know who you are and you know what you want.
There is no need to run outside for better seeing or to peer from a window.
Rather abide at the center of your being; for the more you leave it, the less you learn. 


~ Lao-Tzu

Lea Seigen Shinraku
I'm Lea Seigen Shinraku, a San Francisco-based therapist and writer, and I'm passionate about self-compassion because I witness its power first-hand, on a daily basis. I have helped scores of people live with greater ease and joy by guiding them to transform self-limiting beliefs and wake up from the trance of self-judgment. I draw on my professional training, client work, more than a decade of daily meditation practice, and my own experience of awakening and cultivating self-compassion. Learn more about me at

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: MFC51836
Copyright © 2013 Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, All rights reserved.

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