Imagine learning to treat yourself as you would treat a dear friend in a moment of suffering.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skills of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience so that we can offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend.
The 8-week MSC program consists of meditations, short talks, experiential exercises and reflections, group discussions and home practices. Over the course of the 8 weeks, participants learn to bring a mindful awareness to difficult moments in their lives and develop the skills to respond with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action. Self-Compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption.
Self-Compassion allows us to motivate ourselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism, befriend our shortcomings, forgive ourselves when needed, 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, a healthy relationship to body and food, and more satisfying interpersonal relationships. The MSC program is offered around the globe, but this is the only MSC series currently being offered in the Upstate Capital Region.
Rebecca Foxx of Malta Counseling is the Mental Health Assistant for this course.