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Self-Attunement: The Power of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

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Affects, the technical term for feelings or emotions, are the strongest motivators of human behavior. These powerful emotions can drive us toward both healthy, adaptive behaviors and unhealthy, maladaptive ones. When people struggle to respond to their emotions in healthy ways, they may develop symptoms or fall into maladaptive patterns. This often stems from an unconscious process known as "psychodynamic conflict," where conflicting emotions and desires impact our behavior without our awareness.


To address this and promote healthier responses to emotions, developing self-attunement is crucial. Self-attunement involves tuning into our inner experiences with mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness, the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment, allows us to observe our thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without becoming entangled in them. By cultivating mindfulness, we can better understand our emotional responses and

begin to navigate them more effectively.

In tandem with mindfulness, self-compassion plays a vital role. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves with kindness and understanding when we experience pain or failure, rather than being harshly self-critical.

By integrating mindfulness and self-compassion into our daily lives, we can create a supportive inner environment that fosters healthy emotional responses and mitigates the impact of psychodynamic conflicts. This holistic approach not only enhances our emotional well-being but also guides us toward more adaptive and fulfilling behaviors.

Join the Attune & Heal Retreat in Tepoztlan, Mexico, where we will explore emotions and learn healthy ways to respond with awareness and compassion to our different feelings and inner processes. This retreat is a collaboration with Kristin Osborn founder of Affectphobia Therapy, check out her website!

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