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Journal of Contemplative Inquiry

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Mindfulness (Psychology), Sustainability, Sustainable development -- Study and teaching, Environmental education


Self-compassion, which involves mindful awareness of feelings and offering ourselves compassion, has been shown to support balancing emotions, overcoming challenges, and achieving goals. This action research study integrated self-compassion theory and practice in a graduate course in which students wrote their final comprehensive papers in sustainability education. This study found that self-compassion practice resulted in more self-awareness, more acceptance of difficult emotions, and more ability to handle stress. Additionally, students experienced more clarity and calm in the writing process and began to integrate self-compassion into their lives and work. This study points to the promise of self-compassion as a beneficial contemplative practice in academic settings, and also highlights the personal and relational benefits of mindful self-compassion practice.


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