-Dr. Steve Hickman
Executive Director, CMSC
As an MSC teacher, you know that your embodiment of self-compassion is your single most powerful teaching tool. Your actions and the quality of your presence are at least as impactful as your words. Further, your embodiment of mindfulness gives rise to the wisdom and equanimity needed to respond skillfully to suffering in both your personal life and your teaching.
Yet it’s natural that there will still be areas where we struggle in our personal self-compassion practice.
Starting this July, a small group of MSC teachers (all levels) will gather and explore their own practice edges and strengths with the guidance of experienced MSC Teacher Trainer and Teacher Mentor, Tina Gibson. Free of the expectations and pressure that come with wearing our “teacher hats,” we’ll discover that everyone’s teaching journeys are works in progress; and that we may not be as alone as we think in not “having it all together” as MSC Teachers — or as perfectly imperfect humans! We’ll also delight together in discovering where our strengths are getting stronger.
In the generous reflection and warm community of your peers, you’ll take eight months together to re-discover the MSC curriculum from the inside, out. Slowly and experientially, you’ll deepen your personal embodiment of the practice that you wish to teach. This results in a more mature understanding of self-compassion, plus greater integrity, capacity, confidence, and authenticity as a teacher.