Fear of our emotions often leads to avoidance and suppression of our feelings. This, in turn, can contribute to depression, anxiety and addictive behavioral patterns (alcohol and substance abuse, sexual acting out and eating disorders). Learning to embrace our emotions is the cornerstone to changing our actions. Emotions are the guide to our motives.
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.
This useful guide incorporates the beliefs and practices of Buddhism with science of the brain and body to guide and instruct us on how to build self confidence, compassion for self and others, stability and well-being. It provides practical steps to teach the reader to use mindfulness and compassion to transform his/her life.