Findings from recent studies in Hong Kong, Spain, Israel, Iran, and Austria illustrate the range of ways, during the tumultuous conditions of the COVID pandemic, that self-compassion can guide us to take actions that promote our healing and interconnected wellbeing.
As we turn our minds and hearts toward 2021, the transition is an ideal time to focus on restoration and renewal for ourselves, the collective, and our earth. All are welcome to join Chris Germer, Steve Hickman, and other MSC teachers for inspiration, nourishment, and guidance during these two free mini-retreats.
In a recent study by Dr. Greg Serpa and colleagues, it appears that teaching Veterans to meet their emotional and physical suffering with kindness had an impact on their medication use. "Our treatment system has medicalized pain management and then blamed and marginalized those who suffer for seeking the very thing our system has trained them to see as their best path for relief. Humans have used compassion to alleviate suffering for millennia. Isn’t it time to support those who are suffering with compassion training?"