Mindful Self-Compassion 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.
9 Day MSC Intensive Mexican Retreat will offer three hours of Mindful Self-Compassion Training each day as developed by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. K. Neff and The Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion. A half day silent retreat will be offered on Day 6 of the retreat.
In a beautiful oceanside setting, there will also be time each day for yoga, swimming, rest, relaxation, exploring or creative pursuits with our resident artist Johanne Galipeau. The final evening together will feature a Lantern Making Class and closing ritual by the sea. This course is for anyone wanting to learn or deepen mindfulness and self-compassion skills and qualifies as one of the prerequisites for the MSC Teacher Training.
Yes, you are so worth it. Worth taking care of. Worth listening to. Worth caring for. Being kind to. and having some fun too. So then why are we so hard on ourselves? Why do we think that we can criticize ourselves into a new way of living and loving?
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.
The most resilient, successful, and emotionally intelligent people are the ones who can face adversity and challenge with an open heart and a self-compassionate nature, rather than a rigid or self-critical one. Fortunately, research and practice shows that self-compassion is a skill that can be taught and learned.