My Strength is My Story with Tara Cousineau, The Kindness Cure.
Tara Cousineau, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, meditation teacher, well-being researcher, and social entrepreneur. She shares how the science of compassion can heal your heart and your world in her brand new book, The Kindness Cure.
Tara Cousineau: She is a wife of 23 years and a mom to her two beautiful daughters. Tara founded bodimojo.com and develops wellness tools for youth. She is affiliated with the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Tara is a mindfulness trainer and chief science officer at Whil, a digital mindfulness company plus serves as a scientific advisor to kindness.org.
“Kindness is love in action.” ~ Tara Cousineau, PhD
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including the model industry, being enough, a dating reality show, and insecurity. And always remember, you are beautiful!
- Morning routine
- The Body Prayer
- Fight or Flight Response
- Calm & Connect System
- Definition of Kindness
- Orientation to life
- How they think about the world?
- Albert Einstein
- Reactive Place
- Sacred Pause
- Stress Reaction
- Reptilian Brain
- Tiger Mom
- Middle school grudge
- What happened to kindness?
- Social media
- Over exposure
- Amplify the good
- The negativity bias
- Move from negative to positive
- Start inside out
- Kind Sight
- Ranking & Rating
- Empathy (Emotional, Cognitive, Motivational)
- Empathy fatigue
- Spinning in place
- Josie & the mice
- Christine & Cancer
- The Ripple Effect
- The Christmas Kidnapping
- Forgiveness Practice
“Kind sight is really viewing life experiences with tenderness and understanding.”
~ Tara Cousineau, PhD
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“But really that long list of things has just kind of accumulated over about 25 years.”
“I start my day with kind of a very specific routine to kind of just get my head and my heart in the right place.”
“Yoga is the cheapest, anti-anxiety on the market.”
“So we can’t really be kind to other people or ourselves when we’re in that kind of frenzy state of mind.”
“It’s a real shift in perspective of how you see humanity.”
“Our reactivities is absolutely natural to us. It is our first line of defense.”
“Our brains are designed to scan our environments for danger.”
“…because the tiger mom came out and I wanted to go bust down that mom’s door.”
“That one incident just kind of sparked this not really an insight, but an awakening for me; in part because I know we can cultivate kindness and compassion.”
“Are we more connected with technology or are we really less connected?”
“We’ve really just become suspicious of people who are kind.”
“Our attention is being directed to all the negativity.”
“We can shift from being stressed to blessed by how we take care of ourselves now.”
“Kindfulness is really being aware of the present moment with kindness.”
“Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment.”
“We can never be good enough unless we keep striving, striving, striving!”
“The empathy network in our brain actually maps over the same network as physical pain.”
“When we’re under that SPEL, it’s really hard to kind of move into a place, like we’re in a trance in a way. So whether it’s the world’s pain or being flooded with social media or negativity in the news, we can kind of fall into a SPEL.”
“We keep using the same coping strategies over and over again and they’re not effective.”
“When we use the same coping strategies and they’re no longer serving us, we get stuck.”
“Children are our teachers.”
“Through my own work, at some point, I really realized that I was holding on to the anger, and the anger was harming me.”
“I untie the knot.”
“You are a beautiful soul. And that bringing love and kindness into the world has an impact even if you can’t see it, and especially on yourself.”
What has your story gifted you?
“We have the capacity to live beautiful lives when we can see each other as human beings.”
“Once we recognize that we belong to one another, the healing happens.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: The Kindness Cure
- CONNECT with Tara Cousineau
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taracousineau/Twitter: https://twitter.com/taracousphd
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