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Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer our selves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. And, self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and cultivated by anyone through Mindful Self-Compassion Training.

CURRENT COURSE OFFERING:

Location: Atlanta Center For Wellness, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. Suite 450, Atlanta, GA 30328.

Time:  Thursdays 6:30-8:45pm 

Dates:  June 15,2017-August 10, 2017

Cost: Summer rate $400.00

Both check and credit cards are accepted.  Online payment is available

Refund policy:  A varying portion of your registration fee will be refunded to you depending on how much notice of your cancellation you give:

-up to 7 days before the first class: 100% of registration fee minus admin fee
– up to second class: 75% of registration fee minus admin fee
– up to third class: 50% of registration fee minus admin fee
– after third class: no refunds given

Administrative Fee for Refunds: $30

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally” Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, developer of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR).

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.  Mindful Magazine

What is Self-Compassion?

“Self-compassion entails three core components. First, it requires self-kindness, that we be gentle and understanding with ourselves rather than harshly critical and judgmental. Second, it requires recognition of our common humanity, feeling connected with others in the experience of life rather than feeling isolated and alienated by our suffering. Third, it requires mindfulness that we hold our experience in balanced awareness, rather than ignoring our pain or exaggerating it. We must achieve and combine these three essential elements in order to be truly self-compassionate.”
Kristin Neff PhD, researcher,  developer of Mindful Self Compassion program

“Self-compassion: being supportive and kind to yourself, especially in the face of stress and failure-is associated with more motivation and better self control.”
Kelly McGonigal PhD, The Willpower Instinct

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.

In this course, you will:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Learn about the science of self-compassion
  • Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Learn how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Learn how to transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Learn tools to manage compassion fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
  • Be able to teach simple self-compassion practices to others

The structure of this class includes 8 weekly classes of 2 ¼  hours each and 4-hour retreat on a Saturday.

The course includes: short talks, experiential exercises, meditation and group discussion.  Participants are asked to practice assigned exercises for up to 30 minutes a day during the course.