All human beings experience joys and sorrows. While joys are welcome, when things go wrong—or we believe they will go wrong—our natural tendency is to resist what we’re feeling, e.g., tensing up, casting blame, distracting ourselves. Mindfulness, in contrast, is about turning toward and opening to moment-to-moment experience without defensive overlays, just as it is. Self-compassion is about responding to ourselves with understanding and kindness when things go wrong. Both mindfulness and self-compassion go against our instinctual or habitual reactions, but once learned, they become a radically new and rewarding way of relating to our experience and to ourselves. Paradoxically, the very willingness to face pain eases and lessens our overall experience of it.
So how can we be mindful and self-compassionate in the face of the very real stresses we face through social pressures, family obligations, financial concerns, relationship challenges, or health scares? How can we meet the suffering that we all experience at times? We must practice. We know that repeated practice in any realm changes the brain—what Rick Hanson refers to as self-directed neural plasticity. The practice of meeting suffering with self-compassion and mindfulness is known to minimize pain, increase satisfaction, and maximize resilience. These skills can be learned.
Fortunately, there’s a powerful 8-week training designed to cultivate and integrate the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is based on ground-breaking research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspectives of Christopher Germer. It incorporates empirically-supported tools and techniques that enable participants to respond to challenging, even painful, moments with kindness, care, understanding, and wise action. Enormous research has confirmed the positive results generated through mindfulness. Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being; less anxiety, depression, and stress; maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise; and satisfying personal and professional relationships.
Monday Evenings, September 25 - November 20, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:30pm (no class on Monday, November 6th)
Half Day Retreat on Saturday, October 21, 2017: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Once the course fills up, interested participants will be added to the waiting list.
A fourth session of this course may be offered at a later time. Contact Daniel for details.
September 25, 2017 - November 20, 2017
56 days and 2 hours
19 Winged Foot Dr, Novato, CA 94949, USA
We partner with Relationships That Work® to offer 24 continuing education credits to LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs for this course. Relationships That Work® is approved to offer CE credits by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Provider # 78987. Please contact us for more information.Brochure