Components of Self-Compassion

Denise Minter relaxing in the healing waters of Esalen
Denise Minter practicing self-compassion at Esalen, in Big Sur, CA 2013.

Why was this entry stuck in “draft”? Sorry I didn’t publish this back in 2013…..better late than never.

One of my favorite speakers at Wisdom 2.0 was Kristin Neff, Ph. D., Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, who has created a body of research on the topic of Self-Compassion.

What are the Components of Self-Compassion?

  1. Immersive Attention: which allows for insight, with a generative quality.
  2. Slowing Down: not distracted, which allows for wisdom and flow.
  3. the Power of Patience

Scale to Measure Self-Compassion

  1. Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgment
  2. Common Humanity vs. Isolation (a shared human experience
  3. Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification

Happy Holidays in The Year of the Water Snake

Denise Minter practicing qigong
Denise Minter practicing Chen Chi/Wisdom Healing Qigong in McClaren Park, Visitacion Valley, San Francisco.

We will have Qigong Pajama Party ever  Monday through Friday 8 am -9 am through December 31, 2013.

From Jan. 1 – 19, I will be traveling lightly. Our PJ party will be in hiatus for those few weeks, although the Chi Field will be full on, holding us between Heaven and Earth.

Be sure to ask me for a Pajama Party CD as an mp3 download so you can continue your practice throughout the beginning of January.

Al always, be in touch if you have any questions, ideas, comments to share.

in the big blue sky,

Denise Minter


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Denise Minter enjoying the late afternoon sun in Visitacion Valley, San Francisco, CA.

Yosemite is Magical

The family had a great time camping in Yosemite. We had a week of tent camping at Camp Mather, a San Francisco, city-owned camp deep in bear country. Don’t leave out your chocolates……..

Denise enjoying a late afternoon turn with a hoola hoop by the Lake. With all the food, 3 square meals a day, one must exercise as much as possible to make room for strawberry shortcake. Haola.

Denise Minter at Camp Mather, Yosemite, CA
Denise Minter enjoying hip rotations after a swim in the pool at Camp Mather.

Wisdom Healing Qigong at Esalen with Master Mingtong Gu

If you wish to experience Heaven on Earth, do get yourself to Esalen as soon as possible.

Esalen Institute
Esalen grows much of their own food and flowers.

Master Mingtong Gu offered a week of Wisdom Healing Qigong at Esalen last week, and I attended as an assistant teacher, along with Judy Guma and Juliette. Enjoy these pictures, for a hint of the beauty and majesty of the land, the people, the spirit of Esalen.

Denise Minter teaching Qigong by the poolside at the Esalen Institute
Denise Minter teaching Qigong by the poolside at the Esalen Institute


May 1 – Poem by Hafez

Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.

Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
With veracity
And love.

…Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.

This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
But Grace.

Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Is sacred.

Qigong Energy Body
Qigong Energy Body

May 1: A Conversation with Mingtong Gu and Rick Hanson: “A Qigong Mind and A Benevolent Brain”

May 1 Conversation Mingtong Gu and Rick Hanson
May 1 Conversation Mingtong Gu and Rick Hanson

A Conversation with Mingtong Gu and Rick Hanson:

“A Qigong Mind and A Benevolent Brain”


1:30pm-2:30pm PACIFIC TIME

Must pre-register for Free Access:

Author and neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Qigong Master Mingtong Gu will be online together for the first time in A ConversationA Qigong Mind and A Benevolent Brain. Did you know you can build a more brilliant brain at any age? We will explore the insights of ancient teachings, which are now being recognized by modern neuroscience. With host interviewer Ed Mills of The Shift Network, enjoy this opportunity to awaken your brilliant mind and brain, at any age, by learning how to improve brain health, happiness, vitality and focus.

This livestream event is LIVE & FREE, but you must pre-register:

Please also join Dr. Hanson and Master Gu on May 26th for a special one-day In-Person event in the San Francisco Bay Area: Awaken Your True Power of Mind & Brain.

Register at:

The Preliminary Forms of Wisdom Healing Qigong


Starting Monday, April 9, our Pajama Party routine will

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Join Denise for Qigong Pajama Party every weekday morning from 7-8am PDT.

allow for the lastest guidelines to flow into our daily morning practice.

Here’s the new line-up, and we’ll see what transpires in the universe……..

Weekday mornings, Monday through Friday, 7 -8 am Pacific Daylight Time

7am – 8am

• Set the Chi Field

• New Sequence of Forms  to follow with approximate times:
Spinal Bone Marrow 10-20 min.
Hip Rotation 5-10 min.
Crane’s Neck max 5 min.
Spinal Bending 5-10 min.
Chen Chi 10-15 min.
LaChi 2-5 min.
Sit Quietly at end to integrate

In the big blue sky.