This program is for anyone interested in learning skills to support themselves to be happier, less reactive, less stressed and more loving towards themselves and others.
You will learn new information, skills and practices that you can use to apply your mindfulness and self-compassion skills to different areas of your life including dealing with difficult emotions and difficult people. The skills you will learn will help you in all areas of your life.
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 wellbeing. 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—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.
Program will be offered for 8 consecutive weeks starting Monday March 5th but excluding Monday April 2nd due to Easter Weekend Holiday). The 1/2 day Silent Retreat will be scheduled midpoint in the session.
Facilitated by Trained Teachers of Mindful Self-Compassion
Victoria Pawlowski, RD., M.Ed., RCC
Carolena Ranger, M.A., RD.,
Trained Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction