Mindful Self-Compassion is a research-based, eight week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC is based on the self-compassion research of Kristen Neff, and clinical psychology work of Christopher Germer. It teaches core principles and practices that enable practitioners to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The three components of Mindful Self-Compassion are:
- a sense of common humanity
- 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’re not 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.
Mindful Self Compassion is a skill building program. It is not group psychotherapy. The skills learned in MSC help us to build up our inner capacity to stand up to harm, including the harm we might 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 with others and be more authentically ourselves.
Benefits of Self-Compassion
The program is designed and has been shown to decrease self-criticism and stress while boosting happiness, optimism, positive affect, wisdom, personal initiative, curiosity and exploration, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, productivity, empowerment and inner strength