Empower Your Self-Compassion Practice for Inspired Personal and Professional Growth this New Year

It’s that time of year again, for new beginnings, a fresh start, a healthier, more intentional outlook. Oh yes, that again! So often in January we feel the need, and the pressure, to improve our lives by getting rid of bad habits and adopting new routines to feel better about ourselves. But so many of us have mixed feelings about this, or even a cynical view, because we know that new year’s resolutions usually fail after the first few months of the year. Also, if we are to be compassionate with ourselves, we would like to approach this transition without the trap of thinking we need to be someone brand new just to be acceptable. So how do we commit to personal growth while still holding values of self-acceptance and kindness?

The Wisdom of a Gratitude Practice During Challenging Times

Gratitude is noticing the good things that life has given us, both within us and around us. For some of us, we may say we’re grateful but we brush over the words and don’t stop to feel the grateful feelings, or like I did, slip into guilt and miss the benefits of gratitude. Those benefits, validated by research, include less stress, lower rates of depression, greater calm and resilience, better sleep, and healthier relationships.

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.

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