What is the
The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program teaches skills for practicing self-compassion in daily life, enabling participants to respond to difficult moments, challenging emotions, and relationship issues with kindness, authenticity, and courage. By combining the practice of mindfulness and self-compassion, MSC provides a powerful tool for emotional resilience. The program, based on empirically validated research in clinical settings, is highly experiential and practical (featuring mini-lectures, dyadic and group exercises, group discussion, and home practices) for those who wish to deepen their practice of self-compassion. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required.
Mindfulness is the first step—turning with curiosity and loving awareness toward difficult experiences (thoughts, emotions, and sensations).
Self-compassion is the next step—bringing loving awareness to ourselves – to soothe, comfort, and validate ourselves when things go wrong in our lives.
Practicing mindfulness and self-compassion together enables us to develop a state of warm, connected, presence with ourselves and others during difficult moments in our lives.
Classes meet for 2-1/2 hours, once per week, for 8-weeks, plus a half-day retreat.