Mindful 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.
Diana has no MSC courses scheduled.
Bronwyn Gresham, Clinical Psychologist: Bronwyn is a clinical psychologist and trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Passionate about sharing psychological resources for caregivers, Bronwyn brings 12 years of experiences as a psychologist, along with playfulness and kindness to her teaching.
To learn about Bronwyn’s upcoming courses contact her at:
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