Dedicated to sharing self-compassion practice across the globe.


he non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is devoted solely to disseminating self-compassion. Self-compassion can be defined as learning to treat yourself the way you would treat a good friend when they suffer, fall short or fail in some way. Founded in 2012 by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, the center is a place where people can learn about self-compassion, find out where to train in MSC, continue to practice MSC skills, and explore how to teach MSC to others. We invite you to explore the site and find out how self-compassion may help you or those you care about.


Self-compassion for young people, now more than ever

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

As people in Generation Z step into the sphere of adulting, many face enormous burdens of work/school pressure, self-doubt, loneliness, and despair. Embracing Your Life was designed to help people 18-30 to learn to befriend themselves and find stability, strength, and kindness in a very uncertain world. Please share widely about this rare opportunity for young adults to gather in a non-judgmental environment and be welcomed exactly as they are.

CMSC Welcomes Aly Waibel as Associate Executive Director for Professional Training and Operations

By Center For Mindful Self-Compassion

We at CMSC are thrilled to have Aly on board! Her amazing work at the Compassion Institute prepared her well for her role here, and having a fresh perspective from outside the CMSC organization will be invaluable.

Fierce self-compassion and protection from harm

By Dr. Kristin Neff
Co-founder,Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is aimed at alleviating suffering, and to do so, sometimes we need to protect ourselves — to speak up, say no, draw boundaries, or to stand up to injustice. This essay is an excerpt from Kristin Neff's forthcoming book, Fierce Self-Compassion.

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