Ever noticed how some people seem to surf life’s ups and downs with relative ease – without getting stuck in the mire? Or are able to motivate themselves to achieve big things without too much obvious angst? And overall all seem happier at work and in their relationships and healthier in their mind and body? Seems like these people have something in common – SELF-COMPASSION; a powerful attitude of courage and self-kindness which can be learned. With practise – self-compassion becomes like an invisible cloak that wraps you up and holds you safely through life inevitable trials and tribulations, and then goes with you everywhere. I will be teaching MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION (MSC) developed by Drs Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, in an 8-week course starting February 6.The course meets once a week (on a Tuesday evening from 6.15) and will be held at St Luke’s Community Centre in Remuera. Enrol via the website www.annafriis.com to secure your place.
“Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. You will learn simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life.”
Specific Learning Objectives
Identify the three key components of self-compassion
Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion
Understand the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem
Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life
Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism