In this exciting new two-day workshop, we will present the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using guided meditations and everyday practices. You will be provided with essential tools to relate to yourself as your own best friend – in a kind, compassionate way – whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This workshop is targeted to the general public as well as professionals.
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.
Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program.
It is recommended, but not required, that participants read one of the following books before the training program:
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert
We will meet from 10am-5pm on both days (Saturday and Sunday) with a break for lunch.