Mindfulness and compassion have often been described as two wings of the same bird: each of us needs both to soar. In this workshop, Emily will guide participants in how to begin or enhance a mindful self-compassionate practice.
The three key components of self-compassion as taught by Dr. Kristen Neff are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to the difficulties of life, so we can tune in and give ourselves what we need. Common humanity helps us feel more connected to others, reminding us that we are not alone. Mindfulness allows us to be more connected to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with less resistance and greater ease.
The practice of self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, creating a comforting foundation for any necessary changes or transitions we might need to face. Self-compassion teaches us to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism and to more fully open our hearts to ourselves and others. Rapidly expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
Course Fee: $50 ($40 for students or if unemployed).
Language: English, with a bilingual discussion format
During this workshops, participants will learn:
-What is self-compassion and how this practice can help to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and isolation.
-How to start a self-compassionate practice using straight-forward practices such as the “Self-Compassionate pause” and “Soothe, Soften and Allow” developed by Dr. Kristen Neff.
-How to identify the inner critic within and respond with a more loving, self-compassionate voice.
-Simple body movements and breathing exercises that help to foster a self-compassionate practice.
-Mindfulness practices that will support a self-compassionate practice and bring a greater sense of connection with oneself, others and the present moment.
What you can expect: You will be welcomed into a open and warm environment, where participants are invited to sit in a circle of cushions on the floor, or can use chairs or a comfortable sofa. The afternoon begins with an opening meditation to ground and settle you, where you will be invited to set your intention for the workshop. The core foundations of Self Compassion will be introduced in an interactive, bilingual discussion format and participants are free to engage at the level they feel most comfortable. Throughout the afternoon, theoretical concepts are followed by self compassion meditations and exercises to help individuals embody the concepts in a real way. There is a break for tea and cookies half way through, as well as a time for light body stretching.
With bilingual English-French discussion format