In difficult times, the skills and reflections offered from the Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) 8-week program or 6-week Short Course can help you show up for yourself just as you would a friend. MSC’s three powerful components work together as an offer of love to ourselves:
- mindfulness (we stop and acknowledge that we’re having a hard time – without over-identifying or ruminating);
- our common humanity (we recognize that there’s nothing wrong with us for having a hard time; this is just what it’s like to be a human being and we deeply understand we are not alone); and
- self-kindness (responding to ourselves with the same level of care and love that we would offer to a friend).
In this one and a half hour workshop, InsightLA’s MSC teachers will be offering you some experiential work with these three components, giving you a taste of how MSC could move from a concept to a living reality in your own life.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a program developed by Kristin Neff, the pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org) and the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind; and Christopher Germer, a clinical psychologist who specializes in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org) and the author of many books including A Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional well-being. It boosts happiness and reduces anxiety and depression. All that’s required is a shift in the direction of your attention–recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.