Instead of thinking we are unworthy, we would be wise to see our failures as evidence humanity.
Most of us can identify with the internal critic, the self judging part that develops to protect us from feelings of fear and failure. It is a paradox of being human that, just when we need to be kind and accepting towards ourselves we, instead, bring on the shame guilt and emotional self bullying.
What if, instead, we gave ourselves permission to be kind and loving toward ourselves and our imperfections ? What if we could learn to treat ourselves as kindly as we treat a dear friend or a loved one ? What if we truly opened our hearts to our imperfection and loved ourselves anyway?
The Mindful Self Compassion ( MSC ) program is a vehicle through which you can learn such skills. You can learn to identify self defeating patterns of thinking and behavior and replace them with habits that promote self acceptance and joy.
MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. In this course you will learn techniques that can take you down a new path toward healing. You may even learn to appreciate the opportunity that allowing yourself to fail can bring.
The program consists of eight weekly 2-2 1/2 hour classes and one six hour retreat day. Through exercises, mindful meditation, home practice, sharing and discussion, participants learn ways to turn toward and hold themselves, in the presence of pain and discomfort, with an attitude of self acceptance and affection. We practice self – compassion, not to end our suffering, but because we are suffering.
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MSC is also offered in an intensive 5 day format which includes all the same information and skills training.