The Mindful Self Compassion Course
teaches skills so you can support yourself when life is difficult…
The Mindful Self Compassion Course (MSC) is about knowing when you’re struggling with difficult feelings (inadequacy, anxiety…) when you are. Then, responding with kindness rather than criticism.
It is an adventure in self discovery and self transformation. You will build inner resilience and develop resources to calm and sooth yourself in times of stress and pain. During this course you learn skills to:
- DECREASE anxiety
- DECREASE depression and stress
- INCREASE relationship satisfaction
- INCREASE healthy habits like diet and exercise
- INCREASE emotional wellbeing.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and 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. This steers us to greater self acceptance and well-being in our lives.
“Extremely beneficial. I am so glad that I did this course. I only wish it could go on longer! I have become more loving, gentle and kind towards myself. This has positively influenced my life and relationships with my family and friends. I am less hard on myself and more compassionate and understanding. I have gained a deeper awareness of my defaults. I am more curious with myself eg.. questioning why I feel certain ways”
– MSC participant Dec 2014
Why would I do a Mindful Self Compassion Course?
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who find it embarrassing to be kind to themselves. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the hurt that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism / isolation / rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience. This allows us to admit shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, relate wholeheartedly and be more authentic.
A video where Kristin Neff describes Self Compassion simply and below are more brief clips:
more about the Mindful Self Compassion Course (MSC)..
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that is required is a shift in the direction of our attention, recognising that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness when we contact suffering. Whereas mindful awareness is typically directed toward moment-to-moment experience, self-compassion focuses on the experiencer. Mindfulness says, “Open to your suffering with spacious awareness and it will change.” Self-compassion adds, “Be kind to yourself in the midst of suffering and it will change.” Mindfulness asks, “What do I know?” and self-compassion asks, “What do I need?”
What does the Mindful Self Compassion Course (MSC) entail?
Course activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The Mindful Self Compassion Course is not group therapy, although participants are encouraged to share their experiences on the path of mindful self-compassion. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.
“Joanne is warm hearted, radiant, kind and understanding. She created a wonderful safe environment where we explored. She is open, authentic, a model of self compassion, clearly so present and passionate about the course”
– MSC participant Dec 2014
Read more – What if you are perfect just as you are >
What skills will I gain on the Mindful Self Compassion Course?
You will learn how to:
- Motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
- Relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
- Handle feelings of failure or inadequacy with greater ease and understanding
- Transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation
- Manage caregiver fatigue
- Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
- Integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life.
Is there research evidence to support the value of the MSC programme?
Rapidly expanding research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression. It can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet / exercise and satisfying relationships. And it is easier than you think.
“I am very grateful I did this course. I am a lot less emotionally brittle and I have stronger coping skills. I don’t get as overwhelmed by stressful and difficult situations as I used to. I think the skills and concepts taught are hugely, fundamentally important and would highly recommend it to anyone.”
– MSC participant, Dec 2014
Is advance training needed before a Mindful Self Compassion Course?
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to begin MSC. However, to fully benefit from the course, participants should commit to engaging in daily home practice for the duration of the course as benefits gained are ‘dose dependent’. Participants may choose to read one or both of following books before or during the program:
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
“This course has given me skills I’ve been seeking (though I may not have known it) all my life. I have learnt to hold and nourish and take care of myself through all kinds of circumstances. It is a joy to find myself awakening and opening to life and possibilities in ways I’ve never imagined – touching joy. Joanne is a warm hearted facilitator who was willing to reveal her own vulnerability and practice of self kindness.”
– MSC participant, Dec 2014
For more information
Please don’t hesitate to contact Joanne if you have any query?