Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a program designed to cultivate self-compassion based on the work of psychologists Kristen Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. Self-compassion is being kind to yourself as you would be to your closest friends or loved ones, especially when you’re stressed or upset. For most of us, it doesn’t come as easily as we might expect. Being hard on ourselves may seem necessary to succeed in life, but studies suggest just the opposite: self-compassion is a productive and healthier way to relate to ourselves than self-criticism. A growing body of research indicates that self-compassion has many benefits, including happiness, optimism, creativity, and satisfying relationships, while experiencing less anxiety and depression.
MSC teaches principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments, challenging emotions, and relationship issues in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding. The program includes a wide range of meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. Previous meditation experience is helpful but not necessary.
Mindful Self-Compassion is open to the general public. There will be a free introductory presentation on 9/16/23 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.