Protective Self-Compassion Break

Protective Self-Compassion Break

Sometimes the most compassionate thing we can do for ourselves is soften our hearts and treat ourselves with the same tender care we would offer to a friend who was suffering.  At other times, self-compassion may require us to be fierce or protective.  This practice...
Sometimes by David Whyte

Sometimes by David Whyte

This poem by David Whyte is an invitation to reflect into the place which troubles you with “tiny but frightening requests”.  Often these are parts of ourselves we would rather not feel, see or experience.  What are those places? What does it feel like to...
MSC Practice: 3-Centre Check-In

MSC Practice: 3-Centre Check-In

There is much research to show that simple, brief mindfulness practices can help us cope with difficult situations.  The 3-Centre Check-In is an anchoring practice that can be used in emotionally challenging situations. It is a practice we teach in Mindful...
First Nations Health

First Nations Health

The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health acknowledges that we live, learn, and work on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – the Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus and Snaw-Naw-As Nations. We are honored to have been invited to present Mindful...
Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Training

Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Training

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.