October 29th - December 17th, 2019
Tuesday nights 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Mindful Self Mindful Compassion (MSC) is a program developed collaboratively by Kristen Neff, Ph.D., a research psychologist, in the field of self compassion ( www.Self-Compassion.org ) and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind ; and Christopher Germer, Ph.D. a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based therapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org ) and is the author of many books including A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
"Self compassion" involves responding to difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding, so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting.
Research (links provided below) has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It also can boost happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and self-compassionate supports greater ease and well-being in daily life. Mindful Self Compassion can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we are suffering.
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Mindful Self Compassion Training
MSC training programs are offered throughout the United States and the world as an eight-week program consisting of eight two and a half-hour sessions along with a half-day retreat.
The training for this program is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program, a well-known meditation program offered in the eight-week format.
During the MSC program, participants learn a variety of practices in which to respond to their own suffering with self-compassion. MSC practices consist of both formal meditation (meditation for a dedicated amount of time) and informal practices (practices used in everyday life such as while driving, at work, and in conversation with others).
Those who attend the training do not need any meditation experience or knowledge. Moreover, this program is well suited for those who struggle to stay still because the meditations do not require a rigid posture and participants are encouraged to find a comfortable position (which may be sitting in a chair, sitting on a meditation cushion, laying down, standing, or any combination of these) while doing the meditations and any of the exercises.
The program also consists of more than meditation and includes exercises that involve soothing touch, walking, identifying one’s values, and other active exercises. Throughout the training, participants are encouraged to ask themselves “What do I need?” and to meet that need when possible. If this means declining to participate in an exercise or getting a cup of tea, you will be supported in doing so.
At its core, this program encourages the practice of self-compassion while attending the self-compassion training.
Attendance at an information meeting is required for class enrollment.
Please visit: " Sign up for MSC " to enroll in a required introduction meeting before the program on October 22nd or 27th.
MSC is an educational program and not a substitute for therapy. If you have questions about whether or not the program is right for you, please call Dr. Earnest at 702-496-4839 or email her at [email protected]
Resources on Self Compassion
The Mindful Self Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself. Build Inner Strength and Thrive by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer (2018)
Self -Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff (2015)
The Mindful Path to Self Compassion: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer (2009)
The transformative effects of mindful self-compassion by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer (2019)
Why fierce women need self-compassion by Kristin Neff (2018)
Why self-compassion trumps self-esteem by Kristin Neff (2017)
What self-compassion is not by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (2017)
The five myths of self-compassion by Kristin Neff (2015)
A comprehensive list of self compassion research may be found on Kristen Neff's website.