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When we give ourselves compassion, the tight knot of negative judgement starts to dissolve, replaced by a feeling of peaceful, connected acceptance – a sparkling diamond that emerges from the coal” (Kristin Neff)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training combines the skills of mindfulness with self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. This is an empirically supported 8-week course developed by Christopher Germer, mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist, with Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher and professor at the University of Austin, Texas. Eight 3 hour classes and a half-day retreat support you in growing your self-compassion through meditation, daily life practices, reflective exercises and discussion. A workbook and unique guided meditations complement the in-class learning – a commitment to some cultivation of the approach in between sessions is essential.
With Mindfulness we develop the capacity to be able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. By cultivating and deepening our self-compassion we can then respond to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding. This restores a sense of well being and ease, reducing anxiety, depression and the nagging underlying insecurity that is familiar to so many of us. As our ability to experience compassion for ourselves increases, so does our ability to relate to others in the same way.

What people say

“I appreciated the caring supportive trainer who ensured we got the most out of sessions and had a good sense of humour”
“Everything we experienced on this course was helpful, especially the uncomfortable bits… It’s given me a way to explore feelings in a fresh way with lightness and clarity and trust in myself”
“Becoming aware of my ‘over ride’ button was really important for me and how I just keep pressing on at a cost to myself”
“I have learnt a-lot that will help me take more take care of myself”
“This is a way of being I can share with my clients especially those who’ve suffered long-term depression, thank you”
“One person was telling me over drinks at the end of the day that he arrived feeling like he was too busy and really didn’t need the extra hassle and time of being out of the office but your session helped him leave all that behind and throw himself into it.” (Interbrand)
“Thank you for a fab session yesterday we all thoroughly enjoyed it and set us up perfectly for the rest of the day.”
“The session structure, pace and content were all excellent”

In MSC you’ll learn:

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

For many people this is can excellent beginner course or equally it complements the MBSR / MBCT training and is a wonderful opportunity for further deepening your mindfulness practice.

I am a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, CMSC mentor and teacher trainer. I trained with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer at the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion and am an active member of the UK MSC teachers community.

See more UK wide upcoming events and resources at www.mindfulselfcompassionUK.com

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