Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for ourselves, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, increased healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.
In this study and practice adventure, you will:
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion daily;
Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease;
Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism;
Learn how to uncover your core values and courageously live more in alignment with them;
Learn how to transform challenging relationships, old and new;
Practice the art of savoring, gratitude and self-appreciation;
Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others.
This program fulfills a prerequisite for becoming a MSC teacher.
Megan Prager is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor, a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor, and Compassion Programs Director and University Liaison at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Megan is also an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University and a Certified yoga Instructor. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs, Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan is one of the founders of the UCSD Center’s Work-Life Integration Program and co-founder and teacher trainer for the UCSD Professional Training Institute’s 9-Day MBSR Teacher Training Practicum. She is currently collaborating with Universities to establish and instruct Mindfulness and Compassion courses at the collegiate level. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize the best resource they have: themselves.
Kristy Arbon worked with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff to start up the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in 2012 (she was the first Administrative Director for CMSC), and has been teaching MSC since 2014. She adapted MSC for the online environment, creating Live Online MSC in 2015.
Kristy is the founder and CEO of HeartWorks Training (kristyarbon.com). She offers lectures and workshops on mindfulness, somatics and self-compassion in the US, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Brazil, Bhutan and online. Her work is grounded in Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, Brené Brown’s shame resilience work, polyvagal theory, Sensory Modulation theory, feminine archetypes and Buddhist philosophy. She is the developer of the Somatic Self-Compassion curriculum (kristyarbon.com/somatic-self-compassion-training/).
She has worked for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (meditationandpsychotherapy.org) and Susan Kaiser-Greenland (susankaisergreenland.com). She previously worked as the center manager at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (bcbsdharma.org) in Massachusetts. She is originally from South Australia, and currently lives with her American husband in St Louis, Missouri.