Embracing Your Life
Embracing Your Life: An Online Course in Self-Compassion is an online course created specifically for young adults age 18-30. Recognizing that the emotional challenges of this age group are different from that of teens and older adults, we created this course to target the specific needs of young adults. For example, learning self-compassion can help young adults make healthy decisions about career or vocational choices, relationship issues, and living situations. The online format makes this course accessible to young adults everywhere who have internet access. The price of the course was intentionally kept low so that those in college or just starting out in their careers would be able to participate in the program
We will be having a free Introductory Session where you will have the opportunity to meet your teacher and learn more about the class, we hope you can join us! You can register here.
NOTE: No experience with mindfulness or any other meditation practice is necessary to take this course!
EYL with Marissa Knox
This course meets on Thursdays, April 22nd – May 27th, 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM UTC / 5:30-7:00 PM EST.
EYL with Karen Bluth
This course meets on Wednesdays, July 14th – August 18th, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM UTC / 2:00-3:30 PM EST.
This has been a great place to destress and relax, I’ve learned some great new techniques for mindfulness.
Not only was this course life-altering, but it started the chain reaction of the dismantling of the social constructs that have completely engulfed my life – before this course. I am able to see a forever change in my perception of the world, in my recognition of how I was completely obliterating my self-esteem, and sensing what it is that my being needs. I do not say this lightly when I articulate the fact that this course started something inside of me. I realized that there was a change that needed to be sufficient enough to save my life, again. Before this self-compassion course was introduced into my realm, I was on this arduous merry-go-round of emotional distress from the lack of humanness I was neglecting to give myself. So when I say I am grateful, I am grateful. I am thankful for the time spent pouring selflessly into my spirit, the techniques taught and instilled in me, and the intention of wanting to see me heal. The memories of grace extended to me will reside within me and always jog reminders to give myself the same. A very special thank you to my peers, you all are phenomenal. Thank you for the non-judgemental environment. Thank you.
Since the class I often remind myself to take some time for daily selfcare. I have a much better connection to my inner critic, what means: I recognize that it wants to help and support me, I’m grateful for that and then I connect myself with the compassion part inside myself.
What really was inspiring during the course (and what I really miss now) ist the connection to the group and all the inputs which came up during our talks and lessons. I am very thankful to be part of the Center-for-
Content and Format:
Embracing Your Life contains material from both Mindful Self-Compassion and Making Friends with Yourself, both of which are evidence -based programs that have been linked to less anxiety, stress and depression. New exercises specific to this age group are also included. Embracing Your Life meets weekly for six weeks, for approximately 1.5 hours per session and is taught live by a certified Mindful Self-Compassion or certified Making Friends with Yourself teacher.
Like MSC and MFY, Embracing Your Life provides young adults with the opportunity to explore how they typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive friend to themselves. Although Embracing Your Life offers conceptual learning, it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical.
In other words, Embracing Your Life is nothing like taking a college course, per se. It’s not a strain on your brain. In fact, after the class is over each week, you will likely feel more rested and more at ease. It is more of an experience, involving guided meditations and discussion about what the experience of the guided meditation was like.
Embracing Your Life is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. We don’t talk about deep emotional issues you might have and we don’t try to analyze why you might feel the way you do. It’s about building resilience skills so that you can meet emotional challenges when they arise, as they do in life.
This is what you get if you take Embracing Your Life:
- Live sessions once weekly
- Optional small group meetings between classes
- Email contact with the teacher (online one-to-one chats if necessary)
- Opportunity to participate in a research study
- Audiorecordings of meditations
Objectives of Embracing Your Life:
- Develop self-compassion practices to motivate oneself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
- Manage difficult situations with greater acceptance and less emotional pain
- Respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
- Understand differences between self-compassion and self-esteem
- Clarify one’s own core values and learn how to use them to guide decision-making
- Deal with difficult relationships with strength, resilience, and kindness
- Learn how gratitude and taking time to appreciate oneself lead to greater contentment and joy
- Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life
- 3 Soothing Breaths (1 min)
- 3 Soothing Breaths (5 min)
- A Moment for Me (5 min)
- A Moment for Me (10 min)
- Compassionate Body Scan (10 min)
- Compassionate Body Scan (15 min)
- Compassionate Friend (10 min)
- Compassionate Friend (15 min)
- Loving-Kindness for Ourselves (10 min)
- Loving-Kindness for Ourselves (15 min)
- Loving-Kindness for Someone You Care About (15 min)
- Music Meditation w/VO (10 min)
- Music Meditation w/VO (15 min)
- Soothing Touch (1 min)
- Soothing Touch (5 min)
- Soothing Touch Again (1 min)
- A Person Just Like Me (formal)
- Giving and Receiving Compassion (formal)
- Here and Now Stone (1 min)
- Here and Now Stone (5 min)
- Soles of the Feet (1 min)
- Soles of the Feet (5 min)
- Affectionate Breathing
- Palm of the Hand