On Teaching

September 3, 2020

The Near and Far Enemies of Fierce Compassion

By Dr. Chris Germer
CMSC Co-Founder

Practitioners of compassion inevitably ask, “What specific actions should I take?” to address injustice in their lives. Cultivating the qualities of mindfulness, common humanity and kindness is a good foundation for compassionate action, and when...

June 9, 2020

Building a Brave Space in MSC

By Dr. Steve Hickman
CMSC Executive Director

I was touched today upon reading this beautiful poem by Micky ScottBey Jones, and it inspired me to reflect on how we might be sure our MSC teaching spaces are […]...

March 26, 2020

Loving Others Without Losing Ourselves as MSC Teachers

By Dr. Steve Hickman
CMSC Executive Director

As we support our participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, our key guiding principle as teachers is empowerment. Our role is to help participants restore a kind of “inner authority.” We […]...

February 27, 2020

Chapter 9: Engaging in Inquiry

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

Teachers can focus on three components of inquiry, which we refer to in MSC as the “three R’s,” as a guide for how to engage in inquiry. Radical acceptance is the overall attitude of the inquiry process; resonance is the primary mode of engagem...

February 3, 2020

Chapter 8: Facilitating Group Process

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

Another excerpt from, "Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals", this time about working with groups and specifically Trauma survivors. "“Safety first” is a general rule of MSC training and it applies particularly ...