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Shame through New Eyes: The Transformative Power of Mindful Self-Compassion – Basel, Switzerland (German language only)

Chris Germer and Regula Saner

June 2, 2019

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Shame is everywhere. It mingles with other difficult emotions like anger, guilt or fear. Shame can be paralyzing and cause us to become inhibited. The eyes of compassion allow for new insights on shame that loosen its clinging grip:

  1. Shame feels guilty, but in truth it is an innocent feeling.
  2. Shame gives us the feeling of being alone, but in truth connects us to the rest of humanity.
  3. Shame always feels like it has been there and all-encompassing, but is in fact a temporary feeling, as are all emotions.

These three insights correspond to the three components of self-compassion as defined by Kristin Neff (2003): self-esteem, shared humanity, and mindfulness.

Explore the nature of shame, its causes, and learn skills to recognize shame and transform those feelings through the power of self-compassion. Participants may encounter difficult emotions but will learn ways to transform their emotions through mindful self-compassion.

In this program, you learn

  • The importance of shame as a universal feeling
  • Self-compassion as an antidote to shame
  • Strengthening our compassionate self
  • To meet the shame with compassion