Mindful Self-Compassion for the Bellingham Community - see also (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals- Friday Mornings to be offered in February and March, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).
MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing - being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.
Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.
MSC can be learned by anyone. It's the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves - especially when we're suffering - and cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.
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's required is a shift in the direction of our attention: recognizing that as a human being you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
In MSC you will 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 relations, 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
A randomized, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.
Open to everyone in the community.
Are you a psychotherapist or other healing professional? You are welcome to join this community class and see also (MSC-Bham) Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals- Friday Mornings to be offered in February and March, 2017.
8 classroom sessions: Thursday mornings 9am - 11:45am, September 22nd - November 17th (no class October 20th)
Extended session: Sunday October 30th, 9am - 3pm
Instructor: Tim Burnett
Red Cedar Dharma Hall, 1021 N. Forest St, Bellngham, WA 98225 (map and directions)
$310 - $450 sliding scale. Higher on the sliding scale makes the lower end possible (providing scholarships), thank you for considering being as generous as possible.
The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual, home practice CDs).
Use the registration link on the left or by phone. Sign up for our email list on the Contact page to receive updates about Mindfulness Northwest events.
Three types of scholarship assistance are available:
Paying on the low end of the sliding fee scale - please use this option if at all possible
Applying for a scholarship assistance - if the low end represents a financial hardship, we have limited additional scholarship funds available. Special consideration is given to military veterans. The link to open a scholarship application is at the bottom of the page during the registration process
Our funding for scholarships is from donations! Please consider making a donation to our Scholarship Fund!