We all struggle in one way or another. But although struggle and suffering are part of life, there are skills we can learn to navigate our way through these ups and downs with more resilience, self-care and compassion. These are the skills I teach with my partner, Judy Clarke in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) an empirically-supported, 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone and is a key ingredient in healthy self-care.
The three key 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 interrelatedness 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.
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. MSC teaches us how to motivate ourselves with kindness rather than criticism, handle difficult emotions with greater ease, transform challenging relationships, manage caregiver fatigue and how to use our breathing and our innate ability to feel compassion to transform how we meet suffering.
I hope you can join us in our class which starts in a couple of weeks, on February 2, 2021. We are teaching online, on Tuesdays from 4-6:15 pm. The class is 8 weeks long, and you will learn how to implement these skills in your life. Register HERE.