Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.
Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
In MSC you’ll learn:
- 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
Is MSC effective?
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.
Evidence-based research by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and colleagues can be found here
How you can learn Mindful Self-Compassion in Dallas
Denette Mann, LPC-S, RPT-S is a Dallas-based certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) trainer. She received her training from the co-founders of The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
This 8-week MSC course begins on Sunday, Sept. 15th. It will meet 8 consecutive Sunday afternoons. Sessions will start at 1:30 pm and end at 4 pm. Each 2 1/2 hour session is $50. You may pay-as-you-go and select/attend one, two or all 8 of the Sunday sessions.
Register via MyCare@DenetteMann.com
For more information on Denette Mann, please visit DenetteMann.com