How do you typically react to difficulties in life such as work stress, rejection, physical problems, or financial hardship? As human beings, we instinctively fight uncomfortable experience and find fault in ourselves when things go wrong. But what would happen if, instead, you took a moment to comfort and soothe yourself when you felt bad — like you’d do for others? Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It’s the heart of mindfulness. Research has shown that self-compassion boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help you stick to your diet and exercise routine. And it’s easier than you think.
This workshop provides essential tools for living a happy, fulfilling life.
You’ll be taught how to:
• Stop being so hard on yourself
• Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
• Transform your relationships, old and new
• Practice mindfulness and self-compassion exercises for everyday life
• Be your own best teacher
This workshop is an intensive form of the 8-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by the teachers. All are welcome. This program is especially useful for health care professionals.
Participants may wish to further deepen their self-compassion practice in the subsequent meditation retreat (January 13-18) with Chris Germer and friends.
Recommended reading: Germer, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Neff, Self-Compassion.
Psychologists in Massachusetts, please see leader.