**Next course** Mondays, 6pm - 8.30pm (first and last weeks till 9pm), 23rd January 2017 - 13th March 2017, with mini retreat, Sunday 26th February 2017, 9.30am - 1.30pm @ The Recovery College, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, SW17 7DJ Register interest here.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training programme designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff, PhD, and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The three components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interconnectedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it's easier than you think.
AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
practice self-compassion in daily life
understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
handle difficult emotions with greater ease
transform challenging relationships, old and new
manage caregiver fatigue
practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Programme activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training programme rather than a mindfulness training like Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
Its is said that "love reveals everything unlike itself." While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion for at least 30 minutes each day throughout the programme.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To ensure safety, participants are asked to complete a questionnaire providing background information when they register for the programme.
This program also fulfils one of the prerequisites for becoming an MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit: www.CentreforMSC.org.
MSC TEACHERS LONDON NETWORK:
If you are an MSC teacher or teacher-in-training based in or around London and would like to join the MSC Teachers London Network, please contact me here.
Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor, Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Steve Hickman, Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine.
Vanessa Hope,senior mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher, trainer and supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
Judith Soulsby, senior mindfulness and mindful self-compassion teacher, trainer and supervisor with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
Collette Powers, PhD, senior mindfulness teacher and supervisor with Breathworks.
I am also a qualified lawyer, certified yoga teacher and executive coach, and hold an MSc in the Neuroscience and Clinical Applications of Mindfulness from Kings College London.