To err is human. Try as we might, we each make mistakes from time to time. We may snap at family members, make errors at work, or forget to pay a parking ticket. During these moments, when we’re faced with our perceived failures or shortcomings, many of us may beat ourselves up, believing that we don’t deserve kindness, or that somehow punishment may make us “be better” or become “good enough.”
But over the past decade of researching self-compassion, we’ve learned that we can’t berate ourselves into optimal health, happy relationships, or career success. In fact, research shows that self-compassion — responding kindly to ourselves in the face of struggle, just as we would a dear friend — is much more likely to lead to long-term wellbeing than harsh self-criticism.
Monthly Featured Meditation
Compassionate Body Scan Meditation with Kristin Neff
Kristin Neff guides us through this Compassionate Body Scan. This meditation is perfect for the end of a long day or right before bed time. This body scan allows us to take some time to show offer our bodies compassion and gratitude for all the hard work they do to support us and carry us through daily life.
This program has the same content as an MSC program offered in person and is taught only by Certified MSC teachers over 10 weeks. LOMSC offers a virtual classroom with additional learning materials as well as a discussion board for community engagement. LOMSC is also appropriate for those people who do not have access to MSC in their area, who have commitments or mobility issues that make it difficult to leave home to do a course, or who have already done MSC and would like a refresher.
Free Information Session!
Free 1-hour information session here. You can receive $100 off the full registration fee of $595 for coming to the Introductory Session (when not using the Early Bird discount or the Compassionate Discount). To register for the class just choose the “General Registration + Intro Session” option. Please note you can register for the class before attending the intro session. Before registering, please be aware of our refund policy: CMSC Refund Policy.
If you would like to learn more about our scholarships you can find more information here.
I never gave myself credit for how difficult my work is in healthcare and what it cost me personally. This course validated my own suffering which prompted me to actually make changes in my life and work from which everyone benefits.
About the Course
LOMSC offers around 95% of the material from the MSC program developed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. The course is run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks (there may be a break for a week to accommodate holidays and teacher availability). MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.
Although MSC offers conceptual learning it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical. MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.
Pre-course reading/viewing material
Live sessions once weekly
Post-course reading/viewing material
24/7 online discussion board
Optional small group meetings between classes
Home practice suggestions
Email contact with the teacher (online one-to-one chats if necessary)
The opportunity to join online graduate groups to support ongoing practice
At the completion of this activity, participants will begin to:
Describe the theory and research supporting mindful self-compassion
Develop and apply self-compassion practices to motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism
Assess and manage difficult situations and emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
Develop and apply self-compassion practices to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
Utilize the art of savoring and self-appreciation to overcome negative attention bias
Apply core mindfulness and self-compassion practices into daily life
Demonstrate simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients
Participants will be invited to view reading material and informational videos before each class so that our precious class time can be saved for meditations, exercises and group sharing. Classes are 2 hours long, however one session will be a 3-hour online retreat.