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About Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion

Our Mindful Self-Compassion class is an eight week program designed to provide a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety and stress, maintenance of healthy habits, and satisfying personal relationships.

This empirically supported program teaches core principles and practices that enable participates to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding as opposed to judgment and self criticism.

The 8-week course includes: short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. MSC participants are asked to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at home for up to 30 minutes per day during the course.

All are welcome! This program is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate in the Mindful Self Compassion class.

Mindful Self-Compassion was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy ( and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. (

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What is Self-Compassion?

Most of us experience compassion when a close friend is struggling.  Consider how you respond when a friend tells you about some difficulty, disappointment, or failure.  Generally, we recognize their pain and feel moved to offer support, understanding or encouragement.   Compassion is an innate human response whose root meaning is “to suffer with”.

Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned, in part, by connecting with our innate compassion for others. At the same time self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others.

However, often people associate compassion and self-compassion only with kindness, which can lead to a misunderstanding that it’s a weakness; leads to indulgence or makes a person “soft”.  Actually, scientific study is revealing that a core component of self-compassion is courage.   Recognizing our own suffering and that of others and taking a caring stance rather than ignoring, judging or criticizing takes strength.  And it’s a natural ability we all have and can develop.   Most importantly, research is showing that by developing and practicing self-compassion, we stimulate many physiological systems that benefit our health and wellbeing.

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In MSC you'll learn to:

  • Practice minfulness and self-compassion in daily life

  • Understand the science of self-compassion

  • Use self-compassion to live in accord with your values

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Work with challenging relationships

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Course

Thursday evenings 6:15pm-8:45pm
January 9 - February 27th, 2020
1/2 day retreat Sunday, February 16th, 2020  8:30am-12:30pm
Atlanta Center For Wellness Suite 450

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