Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being.
Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable you to open yourself to the present moment and feel connected to your world.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers, On Becoming a Person
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Self-Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence. Program Objectives Practice self-compassion in daily life Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism Handle difficult emotions with greater ease Transform challenging relationships, old and new Manage caregiver fatigue Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Class Details: Eight (8) weekly sessions lasting 2 3/4 hours one half-day retreat offered after the fifth week of the course. What can I expect? - Structured and highly participatory class sessions - Practice in mindful meditations - Daily home practice (approximately 30 minutes daily) - Guided meditations and a class manual Where do I begin?
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Sliding Scale (includes all meditations and workbooks) $350 (Subsidized) $450 (Our Cost) $550 (Benefactor)