Dedicated to sharing self-compassion practice across the globe.


he non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is devoted solely to disseminating self-compassion. Self-compassion can be defined as learning to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short or fail in some way. Founded in 2012 by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, the center is a place where people can learn about self-compassion, find out where to train in MSC, continue to practice MSC skills, and explore how to teach MSC to others. We invite you to explore the site and find out how self-compassion may help you or those you care about.


The Case for Surgical Self-Compassion

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

The ubiquitous story that the road to excellence and high performance should be paved with external or internal criticism and shame is a psychological barrier that needs to be broken down in the world of medicine. Retired thoracic surgeon Michael Maddaus explains why.  

Break the Cycle of Anxious Thinking and Get the Sleep You Need: Mindfulness for Insomnia

By Catherine Polan Orzech

There are few things that can bring out our common humanity more than the maddening struggle with sleeplessness. Trained mindfulness expert and MSC teacher, Catherine Polan Orzech, teams up with behavioral sleep specialist, William H. Moorcroft, to offer evidence-based meditations and an four-week protocol to address the root of sleep issues.

Project Huruma: Supporting Kenyan Women and Children in Need

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

After a devastating attack on over 300 women and children in Elgon, Kenya, a team of MSC teachers aspires to guide and support affected families as they begin to turn toward their grief and suffering. Your financial support helps make the trip possible.

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