CMSC Blog

  • Self-Compassionate Parenting Through Addiction Recovery

    by Catherine Polan Orzech
    Mothers in recovery face the challenges as parents that others of us will never have to face. But they also face many of the same internal hurdles that bedevil all parents. We can learn from them, and with them, how learning to parent ourselves with mindfulness and compassion can help us engage with and recover from our own daily challenges in the amazing journey of being a parent.

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  • Privilege, Power and a Pair of Plastic Earrings: A reflection on the inner capacity of self-compassion

    Written by Dr. Steve Hickman
    Her radiance, the lack of self-consciousness, the spirit of a Carioca (a resident of Rio) all shone through because she could embrace her true nature as a glorious, lively, perfectly imperfect human being who simply wants to be happy and free from suffering.

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  • Why Women Need Fierce Self-Compassion

    Written by Dr. Kristin Neff
    In many ways the #MeToo movement can be seen as the collective arising of female yang. We are finally speaking up to protect ourselves, our sisters, our daughters and sons. Thank goodness. Women need to fully embrace and integrate both tender and fierce compassion if we are ever going to free ourselves from patriarchy.

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  • MSC Teacher selected as one of China’s Top 50 Influential Figures in the Mental Health Sector

    Our China-based Certified MSC Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Hailan Guo was selected as one of China’s Top 50 Influential Figures in the Mental Health Sector by YiXinli, China’s largest mental health education and consultation platform with over 17 million subscribers.

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  • How is a Retreat Like Rock Music?

    Written by Dr. Kimberly Sogge
    After an evening of soaking in Pink Floyd’s iconoclastic sound, I came away convinced that their legendary rock music is the perfect metaphor for the processes of transformation at work in the human psyche on a meditation retreat. If you are considering making an extended retreat part of your practice, consider the following and then, as my first zen teacher used to say “believe nothing I tell you; go, and find out for yourself”.

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