Healthy relationships are central to our physical and emotional health. Whether a relationship is familial, romantic, plutonic, collegial, or that of a patient and therapist, self-compassion benefits everyone involved.
MSC Teacher Karen Bluth Wins Award for Teen Self-Compassion Research
Join us in celebrating Certified MSC teacher, teacher trainer, author, and co-creator of the curriculum for CMSC’s Mindful Self-Compassion Teen Program, Dr. Karen Bluth!
MSC Teacher Sema Demirkan Opens School of Compassion in Turkey
Sema Demirkan (MSC Teacher) opens School of Compassion in Turkey, partners with international NGO’s to build culture of compassion.
A Personal Message from New CMSC Executive Director Elijah Zimmerman
Executive Director Elijah Zimmerman, Ph.D introduces himself and shares his background in inclusive leadership and community projects.
Research: Self-Compassion in Friendships
Three research studies of adolescents and college students show that Self-Compassion has a positive impact on friendships.
Gifts of Service They Won’t Forget
A contemplation on the gift of service, giving ourselves self-compassion amidst the holidays and sharing that gift with others.
The Effects of Self-Compassion on Gratitude & Prosocial Behavior
A study of students in five different chinese middle schools over three consecutive years showed the more self-compassionate the adolescents were, the more prosocial and grateful they were.
Falling Asleep in the Arms of Gratitude
MSC teacher Kathryn Lovewell reflects on her journey of gratitude and self-compassion and how she invites her compassionate voice into daily life.
Research: Self-Compassion Applied to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)
By Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Does self-compassion buffer against the adverse effects of racial discrimination and is it protective among sexual-and gender-minority adolescents across racial groups? These are questions researchers…
Research: Self-Compassion As An Antidote To Shame
A growing body of research shows self-compassion is uniquely helpful for dealing with shame, perhaps the most difficult of human emotions.
Self-Compassion and the Three Paradoxes of Shame
Dr. Chris Germer discusses how each component of Self-Compassion lays beneath the three paradoxes of shame.
Research: The Role of Self-Compassion in Creativity
Research shows that self-compassion can support the creative process. One study found self-compassion to be positively associated with artistic achievement and another study found self-compassion to support creative originality in self-critical individuals.
Mindful Self-Compassion Practices for Creatives
MSC Teacher Lorelei Loveridge discusses how mindful self-compassion can alleviate the pressure creatives face to produce by allowing them permission to feel, express, and connect.
Self-Compassion And Quality Of Life Research
Self-Compassion And Quality Of Life
How Self-Compassion Transforms Queer Shame into Pride
MSC Teacher Markus Bohlmann describes the interplay between self-compassion, and pride through the queer experience.
Self-Compassion Research on LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing
Self-Compassion research shows that not only does it support well-being in the LGBTQIA+ community, it buffers against the negative psychological impact of stress on sexual minorities.
Self-Compassion Research in Organizations: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Outcomes
Self-Compassion has a place within modern organizations and research has shown that it positively impacts both individual levels of burnout and empathy fatigue between groups.
Acknowledging Our Many Names: My Experience of Bearing Witness in Auschwitz
MSC Teacher Mirjam Luthe reflects on how she used loving touch and other self-compassion techniques to calm herself during a week of self discovery during a Bearing Witness retreat at Auschwitz.
10 Self-Compassion Practices for the Crisis in Ukraine
Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, CMSC co-founders discuss how core components of MSC can assist with dealing with the devastating news of the war in Ukraine.
Commemorating Black History Month: Black History is Everyone’s History
Sydney Spears, Ph.D, LCSW, MSC Teacher, reflects on the shared humanity present in the black experience and drawls parallels to her deepening understanding of her ancestral history.
The Benefits of a Silent Retreat
MSC Teacher Laila Narsi breaks down the benefits of experiencing a silent retreat, to include reducing stress and anxiety, improving relationships, accelerating personal development, and boosting resilience.
Igniting Self-Compassion in Africa
CMSC International Affairs Manager and MSC Teacher Mirjam Luthe discusses how she will implement a grant from Compassion Corp to bring mindfulness to Kenyans through an 8 week MSC course, hoping to build a local MSC community prior to leaving.
Celebrating the New CMSC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee
As the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, (DEIB), I am very happy to announce that the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) has recently established a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion…
What CMSC Needs. . .Is You
“… to alleviate human suffering and improve the collective well-being of the planet through the practice of self-compassion.” As a reader of this blog, I imagine that our mission statement…
What I Learned about Self-Compassion—and Life—From My New Vacuum Cleaner
Who would have thought I could learn about self-compassion – and life – from my new vacuum cleaner? SERIOUSLY? Truthfully, I was initially resistant to getting one of those Roomba…
There Was a Little Blackbird
This article was originally published in Anna Friis’ blog on September 5, 2021. Republished with kind permission from the author. This morning I walked past a small blackbird, contorted in pain…
When All Else Fails…
When your tried-and-true sources of connection, strength, and support disintegrate, how to you find your way back to inner stability? MSC Teacher, David Teitelman, reminds us of 4 simple powerful strategies we can use to steady ourselves — right here, right now.
STOP and SLOW: Self-Care and Compassion Practice for Educators
There has never been a time in history when educators have felt such overwhelming levels of burnout and exhaustion. For educators to fulfill their vital roles, it’s abundantly clear that they need to develop resiliency both inside and outside the classroom. This excerpt from Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience, offers a sample practice to help educators calm and recenter themselves amid the stress of the classroom.
MSC Japan Website is Now Live
Hello, Everyone! We are delighted to introduce MSC Japan and our new website! (https://www.mscjapan.org/) MSC in Japan is still in its beginning stages. Japan has had a long history…
Opening Hearts Through Mindful Self-Compassion in Italy
“The radiant, elegant cosmos that we can observe is actually our own consciousness and not something separate from us on the outside.” (Thich Nhat Hanh). We are always connected. From…