#66 Fostering Compassion-Based Resilience with Fiona Brennan

Fiona Brennan is an acclaimed clinical hypnotherapist, two-time best-selling author, mental health expert, and ambassador for positivity and wellbeing.

Today, Fiona joins me to talk about her work. She shares where her love of it came from and talks about the power of “allowing”. She notes that a wish to take care of yourself is a good enough reason to do a thing, and we discuss the four A’s of self-care. She notes the power of being comfortable with suffering and talks about why drinking your problems away isn’t doing you any favors. She talks about why you should honor your commitments to yourself just as you would your commitments to another person, and she discusses the power of a journal. She discusses compassion-based resilience, notes the need to slow your mind down to create space between thoughts, and emphasises the power of non-attachment and non-judgment. She explains the difference between compassion and empathy, and she notes that purpose is everywhere.

“If we can allow ourselves to be as we are, allow ourselves to feel something, then that is what actually transforms [us].”
– Fiona Brennan

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • The power of “allow”
  • Why you can’t give what you don’t have
  • The four A’s of self-care
  • Why happiness and suffering are both parts of the same story
  • Being comfortable with suffering
  • Finding what works for you
  • Compassion-based resilience
  • Slowing your mind down
  • Why you don’t need to be striving into the future
  • The power of non-attachment
  • The power of non-judgment
  • The meaning of compassion

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