8 Week Program Facilitated by Lyndi Smith
About the Mindful Self-Compassion Program:
Wish you could relate to yourself and others authentically and wholeheartedly?
Find yourself endlessly giving to others but not taking time to care for yourself?
Ever feel self-critical, disconnected or alone?
Find it hard to forgive yourself?
Feel inadequate or doubt your own worth?
Find it difficult to admit your shortcomings?
The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program teaches us how to motivate ourselves and build our inner resources with kindness, compassion and wisdom. It blends mindfulness and self-compassion, allowing us insight into our emotional discomfort, together with the resources to help maintain balance, build resilience and decrease our suffering.
Self compassion, simply put, means being a friend to ourselves.
The three components of self-compassion are mindfulness, kindness and common humanity. With mindfulness, we get in touch with difficult feelings, with curiosity and open-mindedness. Kindness brings comfort and warmth to these same feelings, soothing our distress and refreshing our motivation. Connecting with others in the MSC program reminds us that we all have flaws, that this is completely human, and that we’re all in this together.
Who can benefit from self-compassion?
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable being good to themselves. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves and the courage to stand up against harm— especially the harm 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 well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintaining healthy habits like diet and exercise and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll know:
—how to stop being so hard on yourself
—how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
—how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
—how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
—mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
—the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
—how to become your own best teacher
“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa
Is MSC effective?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.
A randomised, controlled trial demonstrated that MSC significantly increased self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, and life satisfaction, as well as decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Improvements were linked to how much a person practiced mindfulness and self-compassion in their daily lives.
MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion.
What to expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. 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 deliberately accessing and addressing old wounds, although this can sometimes happen. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
“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.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat.
When is it?
Monday evenings 6pm to 9pm from Feb 11th to Apr 1st 2019
plus a half-day retreat on Sat 18th March 2019, 9.30am until 1.30pm.
The retreat date is an opportunity for supported, silent group practice, in the beautiful grounds of Melrose Park.
Participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion where they can each day throughout the program.
$390 - $490
Please note that we have a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons. We offer both concessions and scholarships. Please get in touch if you would like to come but cannot afford it.
Feel free to contact Lyndi on 0435 626 154 to answer any questions or provide more information where desired. We hope you can join us in this life enriching course.
"I got some great insight, thank you Lyndi." —Joe
"Very soothing voice. Easy to follow. Found myself in a very peaceful focused space." —Julie
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is plenty of on-street parking and a small car park.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
If you prefer to sit on a meditation cushion, or lie on a yoga mat, please bring one. Chairs are provided.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
In case of medical emergency, yes. Please contact the organiser for advice.
Do you offer workplace training?
Yes, please see lyndismith.com for more details or call Lyndi on 0435 626154.