Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. The goal is for participants to directly experience self- compassion and learn practices that generate self compassion in daily life. MSC class participants learn skills and build resources to respond to difficult moments with kindness, care and understanding.
The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and 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.
The emphasis of the class is on learning and building emotional resources and is not therapy, although positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. MSC has significant research (available at: http://centerformsc.org/Training) showing reductions in physical and emotional pain, stress, anxiety and depression. After completing the 8- week program there are also increases in self confidence, optimism, resilience, creativity and gratitude.