Human beings have a natural capacity for compassion. However, daily stresses, social pressures, and painful life experiences can make it difficult to access and express this capacity. And, compassion is a quality that can be cultivated. With the proper tools, care, and a supportive environment it can be nurtured, like turning a small seed into a beautiful flower.
The Mindful Self-Compassion training is an 8-week, empirically supported course designed to cultivate and nourish the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. It is based on the groundbreaking work of Kristen Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. Self-compassion is a way to train the heart and mind to respond to life’s difficult moments with kindness and compassion rather than self-criticism and judgment. It can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood, or those who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It provides emotional strength and resilience, makes it easier for us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SUPPORTED IN LEARNING HOW TO:
– Increase kindness and compassion for one’s self and others
– Calm the mind and direct thoughts in a more positive way
– Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
– Increase resilience during interpersonally challenging situations
– Manage caregiver fatigue
– Practice the art of savoring, and of self-appreciation
– Practice self-compassion in daily life
The weekly 2.5-hour class includes guided meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, and group discussion. In addition to the weekly class, there is a 4-hour retreat. The class is limited to 10 participants.