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Mindful Self-Compassion Course: July 6-13

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  • Full Name: Marcia Burton
  • Location: Salt Spring Island
  • Phone: (250) 930-4541
  • Expires: 19 days, 21 hours

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    MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION
    6 July to 13 July 2018
    with Marcia Burton
    Details: http://www.mindfulselfdiscovery.com

    “The time will come
    when, with elation,
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror,
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome.”
    Derek Walcott

    Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based, 8 session, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

    The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

    Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

    Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

    After participating in this course, you’ll have skills to:

    • Practice self-compassion in daily life
    • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
    • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
    • Manage caregiver fatigue
    • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation

    What To Expect

    Program activities include guided meditations, 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.

    MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

    It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

    Prerequisites

    No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

    It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

    • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
    • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

    This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit http://www.CenterForMSC.org.

    MSC includes 8 sessions of about 3 hours each plus one additional session offered in retreat-style silence to support the deepening of our practice. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

    8 Day Schedule

    Friday 6 July: 4pm-7pm
    Saturday 7 July: 2pm-5pm
    Sunday 8 July: 10am-1pm
    Monday 9 July: 10am-1pm
    Tuesday 10 July: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm (In silence to deepen our practice)
    Wednesday 11July: 10am-1pm
    Thursday 12 July: 10am-1pm
    Friday 13 July: 9am-12pm

    Registration
    Early Bird Rate: $275 if paid in full by June 15th, 2018. Or $325 if booked after 15 June, 2018.
    Contact: Marcia at marciaburton369@gmail.com for details. Cost includes course handbook.

    See http://www.mindfulselfdiscovery.com for more information.

    Please note: Start time on 6 July is 4pm. Fi

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