Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, eight-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It is based on the ground breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer.
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of bringing kindness and supportive behaviour to ourselves, especially during challenging times. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to ourselves.
Self-compassion training gives us a tool-box of skills to help us turn towards a challenge, knowing that a safety-net of practical care is available to us. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to access the courage to face our ‘shortcomings’, bring kindness to ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect.
By becoming aware that challenge is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and then connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-compassion), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be enabled to:
Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
Practice self-compassion in daily life
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Transform challenging relationships, old and new
Manage caregiver fatigue
Practice the art of savouring and appreciation
What To Expect
The course includes meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and some exercises to try out between sessions. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat or therapy. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that lead to greater self-care in daily life.
There is a pre-course orientation session, followed by the 8 week MSC course and a half day retreat session.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To ensure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the course.
It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:
· Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
· The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
This program fulfils one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org.