“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
~ Kristen Neff
Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience. When we are self-compassionate we: allow ourselves to admit our shortcomings; motivate ourselves with kindness; forgive ourselves when needed; relate wholeheartedly to others; and can be more authentically ourselves.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) (CenterForMSC.org) is an 8-week training program based on the research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. Research shows that self-compassion can increase life satisfaction and decrease depression, anxiety and stress. The benefits of MSC depend upon how much a person practices mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.
MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindfulness brings the ability to ability to be aware of the present so it can be experienced as it is not as we would like it to be. Self-compassion involves responding to difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness and understanding so to soothe and comfort.
MSC can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we are suffering – cultivating the desire to live happily. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend or family member is struggling. MSC provides tools so we can provide ourselves with the same care and attention.
The program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices to help develop the habit of self-compassion.
MSC is not a “therapy” group the focus is on the development of skills not the sharing of personal stories.
Plan to attend MSC when you know you can attend every session and have the opportunity to practice self-compassion and mindfulness for at least 30 minutes a day over the 8-weeks.
Some difficult emotions may arise in the practice of self-compassion and while hard they provide further opportunity to apply the skills of self-compassion with the support of the group.
In MSC self-kindness is more important than being a good meditator.
All the meditations in MSC are guided and there is no need to have any prior experience. There is no expectation that when meditating people are expected to sit cross legged. What is important is that you are comfortable. Chairs will be provided and there will be some cushions and mats.
The number of participants in each MSC course will be 8 to 10. If there is less than 8 registrations two weeks prior to a course date the program will not run. Full refunds will be given in this event.
The fee for the 8 sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat; in total 28 hours is $695. Early bird fees may apply. Some participants may be eligible for a Medicare rebate.
In each program there will be a limited number of reduced fee places for people in significant financial hardship. If you consider you would benefit from one of these places please contact me.
With an appropriate referral from a GP or Psychiatrist you can claim a Medicare rebate ($31.65 per session, a potential total rebate of $284.85) for participation in the 8-week MSC program. However, rebates cannot be provided for sessions where the total number of participants are less than six or for sessions not attended. Receipts to enable you to claim the Medicare rebate will be provided at the end of session 4 and 8.
The participants in MSC come from varying backgrounds, strengths and difficulties. To enable everyone in MSC to be safe and open it is crucial that the information that is shared remains confidential.
MSC is facilitated by health professions who are required to comply with certain legislations. All participants need to be aware that disclosures of threats to self or others, unreported physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children, unreported professional misconducted by another health profession must be reported to appropriate authorities. Additionally the presentation of a subpoena must be complied with.
What to Bring
Participants are asked to bring a willing and respectful attitude. Course materials are provided however you may like to bring a notebook and pen.
For evening courses participants are asked to have something to eat prior to attending. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please feel free to bring your own meditation cushion, stool, yoga mat and/or blanket.
To register, complete the form on the registration page.
Mindful Path to Self-Compassion. Christopher Gremer 2009
Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Kristen Neff 2011
Same book now renamed as:
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. Kristen Neff 2015
“Self-compassion soothes the mind like a loving friend who’s willing to listen to our difficulties without giving advice, until we can sort out our problems for ourselves”
~ Kristen Neff