Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allows us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needs, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) – an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
In our work as health care practitioners, we have the privilege of hearing people’s stories and witnessing their journey through difficult times with health and healing. To truly be present to hear and deeply honour others, to share our own story from a professional position that maintains our credibility yet locates us as simply another human being, requires many skills and clarity of intention. We need to be grounded in kindness, have open hearts, understand common humanity and have tools to manage our own reactions and triggers.
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