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…

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.

Self-compassion for young people, now more than ever

As people in Generation Z step into the sphere of adulting, many face enormous burdens of work/school pressure, self-doubt, loneliness, and despair. Embracing Your Life was designed to help people 18-30 to learn to befriend themselves and find stability, strength, and kindness in a very uncertain world. Please share widely about this rare opportunity for young adults to gather in a non-judgmental environment and be welcomed exactly as they are.

Australasia MSC Teacher 2021 Lunar New Year Meet & Greet

More than 120 MSC Teachers in Asia and Oceania gathered together to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Ox with Chris and Kristin. Our first CMSC Lunar New Year Meet and Greet was organized to facilitate communication and network building among MSC Teachers in the Australasia Region. It holds 13 countries and regions including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

When You Need More Than Gentle: Yang Self-Compassion as the Powerful Side of Kindness

When we first take a Mindful Self-Compassion course, important aspects of our inner life can be illuminated. For psychotherapist and author Jessie Everts, her first course revealed for her the importance of both tender self-compassion and is lesser-understood twin, fierce self-compassion. In this essay, Jessie shares five ways of integrating both aspects for a robust and integrated practice that sets us up to protect, provide for, and motivate ourselves toward our greatest good.

Fierce, Tender, Whole: Taking Action for Ourselves and the World

Women are being called by the pressing issues of the day—sexual harassment, pay inequality, rampant prejudice, health disparities, political division, our dying planet—to claim our power and take action. I believe that by developing and integrating fierce and tender self-compassion, we will be better equipped to realize our true selves and make needed changes to the world around us.

The Body as Friend, Companion, and Guide: Restoring Connection Through Self-Compassion

When your body does not behave, look, or feel the way you want it to, you may feel that wish to pull away, blame, and shame it. It is exactly in these challenging moments that self-compassion is there to remind you that your precious body never meant to cause you any harm or distress. Rather, it is, and always has been, just trying to guide you along this journey of life.

Transformations Through Mindful Self-Compassion in Eldoret

Sometimes, there are atrocities that are so horrific that we can’t help but be moved to compassionate action. Such was the case in 2018 when over 300 women and children were caught in the political crossfire between warring factions in the secluded mountainous region of Chepkurkur on Mount Elgon in Kenya. With the encouragement of Lilian Muthui, a Kenya-based psychologist and counselor, a team of us set out to provide carefully adapted Mindful Self-Compassion training for the women, teens, and children of the war-torn community.  Here is my story.

Being Your Own Cheerleader

In my profession, I have a bird’s-eye view of the intense daily life struggles experienced by many teens who are overwhelmed by academic standards, social pressures, and familial stresses. This is a story about a courageous young woman, Malavika, and her journey out of despair and into self-compassion.

What is possible when we surrender?

When we feel like giving up, there is something heroic and necessary in simply standing and finding our feet, steadying our hearts and minds the way we would do this for another, and beginning to put one foot in front of the other on a renewed life journey of redemption, forgiveness and release of the ill-fated wish for something else. Writing this article was my first step on that journey. What will be yours?

MSC in Vietnam: “Saving the World” by Letting Go

Letting go gave me just enough space to realize that love and wisdom, which were the essence of what we were teaching, were a circular flow, rather than unidirectional from me to the participants. That this essence was already the nature of all beings, and my role was to give space to this unfolding, rather than “saving the world.”

Study of 80 Veterans Shows that MSC is a Valuable Addition to Medical Pain Management Strategies

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?”

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