On June 29 Eagle Harbor Books will host Tina Gilbertson, author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings By Letting Yourself Have ThemThe event will begin at 3pm in the back room of the book store, which is located at 157 Winslow Way,  Bainbridge Island.

Gilbertson, whose book offers helpful guidelines on how to practice loving kindness and self compassion, is a former actress and now a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon. In this interview with Victoria Irwin, the bookstore events coordinator, we learn that Gilbertson’s book is very reader-friendly, with work sheets and quotes by notable personalities. Victoria also reads from one of the book’s essays, a memorable piece by author/anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston.  Ms. Hurston, like Gilbertson, urges readers to embrace every aspect of ourselves, even including questionable behaviors. 

According to Gilbertson, most people heal and grow in the presence of compassion, caring and understanding. Those who are familiar with Buddhism and/or other meditation practices may already be aware of this principle.  But even if you’re not inclined to embrace Eastern philosophies Victoria  believes listening to Gilbertson can help reduce destructive self-criticism.

The well informed staff at Eagle Harbor Books can also help you identify other books in this genre.  Call 206-842-5332 or visit their website at http://www.eagleharborbooks.com. For more information about Tina Gilbertson go to http://www.goodtherapy.org/tina-gilbertson-therapist.php .

Credits: BCB Host: Barbara Golden; Audio Editor Tim Bird; BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studios; music splash: Dave Bristow.