Go Only as Fast as Your Slowest Part Feels Safe to Go
Tales to Kindle Gentleness and Compassion for Our Exhausted Selves
Robyn L Posin Ph.D.
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Uniquely intimate stories recount times in this psychologist’s personal life when she struggled with problems, people or her own inner critic. They describe how her developing "inner mommy" helped her move through these challenges surrounded with love, acceptance, patience, and tenderness. The lessons of radical self-care, self-compassion and self-love in these tales provide unparalleled permission for (and vicarious practice in) giving one’s self the attention and kindheartedness that most of us have needed, but rarely or never received. The stories remind readers to go more slowly, to make safe space to feel all their feelings, to remember that rest is a sacred act and to know that it is possible to compassionately embrace all the ways that they are: ever-evolving, warts and all, still bumbling works-in-progress always doing the best they can with the consciousness available to them in the moment. Remembering this can lead to profound healing and freedom.
go only as fast as your slowest part feels safe to go
This is a brilliant, joyful, life-changing book. The stories and insights will amaze you, both because you will so recognize yourself, and because they will give you insights and encouragement to claim the life you were born to live. Get the sample: I think you will be blown away, highlighting whole pages, and smiling to yourself with recognition and hope.
A Memoir and Guide to Finding One's Way
I admit to bias in that I have experienced first hand the authenticity and integrity of Robyn's life and work. In this book she has assembled years of writing about and reflecting on her hard-won experiences. She generously shares the lessons she has gleaned in the tradition of grandmothers passing on their wisdom. The presentation is careful and complex. The storeis are well written and fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of this brave soul (which characterization she would be the first to deny as she says everything she's done was just necessary). I am inspired by her openness to experiment, to change course, to continually head toward her true north.
An extraordinary gift!
What do self-acceptance and self-love look like, taste like, feel like, sound like? How do you move from the sting of self-contempt to the gentleness of compassion? If, like most of us, you've been drawn to the talk but puzzled about the walk, Robyn's heart stories bring the process of deep, internal change to vivid life. I work with many women who are in the process of enabling themselves to sit with their feelings rather than eat about them. Robyn's work is invaluable in learning to develop the warm, soothing, internal presence necessary to sit in the middle of your feelings/your life. An extraordinary gift from an extraordinarily gifted and courageous guide.