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Loving Self-Care – Thursday Posts

Acquiring the Skills

Aside from the course I teach at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California and my In Your Own Hands book, my Thursday posts can provide a guide you can follow if you don’t happen to live geographically close enough to be able to take the college course.

Learning to Love Your Precious Body

This course teaches self-compassion at a deep level. Students have reported dramatically increased self-care, which seems to result from cultivation of a loving relationship with their bodies. Feelings of shame and inadequacy were replaced with the belief that they are perfect with all their flaws. Even if self-care were not to improve, health and wellbeing would still improve. Self-hatred creates enormous stress on the body, whereas self-love reduces stress, thereby improving immune function and overall health and wellbeing.

Loving Self-Care – Thursday Posts

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

See his extensive website:

In Your Own Hands: Mindfulness-Based Practices to Optimize Wellbeing - College of Marin Community Education

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Berkelhammer, D. (2016). Loving Self-Care – Thursday Posts. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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