Mindful Self-Compassion for the community.
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).
Schedule change: This course, originally schedule to run February 6th to March 27th, will now run February 13th to April 3rd to account for the snow day on February 6th. The one-day retreat portion of the course will continue to be held on Sunday March 12th.
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 be 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 Mindful Self-Compassion for Healing Professionals - Friday Mornings to be offered in February and March, 2017.
Interested in an intensive/retreat-based format? We're excited to be offering the Mindful Self-Compassion 5-day Training Retreat May 7-12 in near Tacoma.
8 classroom sessions: Monday evenings 6pm - 8:45pm, February 13th - April 3rd at Garden Street Methodist Church
Extended session: Sunday March 12th, 10am - 4pm at Semiahmoo County Park
Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director and Senior Teacher at Mindfulness Northwest
Garden Street Methodist Church
Room B (entrance on south side, from parking lot)
1326 N Garden St
Bellingham, WA 98225
(map and information)
Extended session: Semiahmoo County Park near Blaine (map and directions)
$350 - $490 sliding scale fee (paying on the higher end makes the lower end possible, our usual built-in "scholarship" system).
Additional fee for CEUs (application pending)
The fee includes all 9 meetings and instructional materials (course manual and home practice CDs).
Two 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 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.
Use the "Register" button (above and to the left) or call us at 360-830-6439 ext 0.