MSC Teacher Bulletin

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 28, 2020

5 Myths of Self-Compassion

By Dr. Kristin Neff
CMSC Co-Founder

For many, "self-compassion" carries the whiff of all those other bad “self” terms: self-pity, self-serving, self-indulgent, self-centered, just plain selfish. Generations removed from Puritan times, we still seem to believe that if we aren’t pu...

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...