mindful self-compassion

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

Self-compassion is bringing support and understanding to ourselves in moments of difficulty, just as we would do for someone we love.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Kristen Neff has defined self-compassion as bring together the power of 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 know and accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, and provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly and courageously with others, and live more authentically.

Nancy's mindfulness meditation classes give me a chance to come back to myself, center, and connect to my own body, mind and emotions with acceptance and appreciation. I leave each class with renewed energy, optimism, and hope, all qualities we need during challenging times. The class is an essential element for self-care.
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