Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).
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. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.
MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves – especially when we’re suffering – and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and be free from suffering.
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention – recognizing that as a human being, you too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
In MSC you will learn:
A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.
Open to everyone in the community.
Are you a psychotherapist or other healing professional? You are welcome to join this community class and see also Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals – Friday Mornings to be offered in February and March, 2017.
8 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6pm – 8:45pm, February 6th – March 27th
Extended session: Sunday March 12th, 10am – 4pm, location TBD
Instructor: Tim Burnett
Garden Street Methodist Church
Room D (entrance on South side at parking lot)
1326 N Garden St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(map and directions)
$350 – $490 sliding scale (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in “scholarship” system).
Additional fee for CEUs (application pending)
The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).
Two types of scholarship assistance are available:
Our funding for scholarships is from donations! Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund!