‘We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves’ 

(the Dalai Lama)

Cultivate a warm connected presence with yourself.

Feel deeply at home in your own skin.

This six week program focuses on cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion together. Together, they are a powerful combination for managing difficult emotions and when dealing with the pressures and strains of life.

Mindfulness develops presence and awareness, steadies the mind and develops equanimity. Self-compassion helps us to stay connected with ourselves and our experience, fill up our inner tanks and tolerate difficulties without shutting down or closing off. Together they are like the ‘two wings of a bird’, each essential to enhance and assist the other.

 

 

Self-compassion frees us up to be more present, creative and responsive in our relationship with ourselves, with others and the world. It means that we use up less internal resources protecting, defending, ruminating and judging ourselves or others.

 If you want more joy in your life, then self-compassion is a vital ingredient

 

The science around self-compassion is very compelling.

Peer reviewed research points to a range of benefits from self-compassion: People who practice self-compassion are generally more emotionally resilient, more motivated to achieve their goals, happier and healthier mentally and physically and have more compassionate, satisfying relationships with others.

Self-compassion is at the heart of healing.

Self-compassion is also a powerful tool for healing our relationship with our selves, with parts of us that are fractured or wounded.

Self-compassion practices help us to learn how to meet ourselves with a constructive, supportive inner voice rather than a harsh, judgemental or critical inner voice. This is a very practical way of transforming patterns learned from previous life experience which now limit or harm us.

How self-compassion helps

Self-compassion transforms our inner world as we practice. In neuroscientific terms, it helps us to practice responding to ourselves differently and over time new neural pathways develop which change the way we experience life, respond to ourselves and to circumstances around us. This brain training literally helps us to feel more at home in our own skin, safer, more supported and  more connected. The practice develops inner resources which are particularly helpful when facing difficulties. The more connected and present we are, the more energy we have for fully engaging in our lives. It leads to calm, reduces inner tension and conflict and helps us feel both cared about caring. This naturally flows into our relationships with others and the rest of our lives.

Put simply,

‘A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life’  ~ Christopher Germer (Researcher, teacher and author on Self-compassion)

 

Answers to frequently asked questions

 

Will this make me more selfish or weak?

Sometimes people fear that practicing self-compassion will make them more self-absorbed, arrogant or selfish. Actually, the opposite is true. People who practice self-compassion are generally more emotionally resilient (the opposite of weak), less self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Do I need to believe anything? Is this a ‘spiritual’ program?

There is no need to believe anything in particular. This program builds a practical and easily adapted skill set for anyone from any background. Self-compassion can be integrated into any belief system. It can deepen and enrich existing spiritual practices and beliefs. Self-compassion and compassion is widely recognised in psychology and health as a key to happiness and a joyful, fulfilling life.

Do I need mindfulness or meditation experience?

No. Some experience with mindfulness practice is a good foundation for this course. If you have not had any prior experience of mindfulness, you will  learn this as part of  the course. Megan will contact you prior to the start date to discuss the program, your needs and experience. This helps ensure that the program is beneficial and appropriate for all participants. If after talking you decide you don’t wish to do the program you will be given a full refund.

I’ve already done the MBSR course? Is this more of the same?

If you’ve already done the MBSR course, then the idea of self-compassion and some of the core concepts and approaches to practice will be familiar to you. This course is a much deeper dive into self-compassion and ways of developing self-compassion. If you benefitted from the MBSR course, this will continue to transform your relationship with yourself. It will also equip you with a bunch of new practices which will be tailored through the course to meet your specific needs and challenges.

What is the structure of the course?

Each week we’ll explore a little theory and a lot of practice. There will be short exercises to meet specific challenges you may be experiencing, exercises to help integrate self-compassion  into your life and longer practices to literally ‘soak’ in. We begin in week 1 with a focus on the body and progress through the 6 weeks to working with strong or self-limiting inner patterns.

Can I participate online? 

This class will be offered both online and face to face (hybrid) this term, so you are welcome to join any class in person or online. We strongly encourage you to attend in person as often as possible, however we recognise this won’t be appropriate or practical in some circumstances. We will inform you in the week before starting of important course information including hygiene or social distancing requirements. If you have questions, specific needs or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@simplymindful.com.au or 0490354900.

Your teacher

Megan Layton is the Director of Simply Mindful, a senior Mindfulness and Yoga teacher and Mental Health Social Worker with more than 25 years experience. Megan has been on a lifelong journey to understand human suffering and healing.  She is convinced that compassion and self-compassion in some form are key to healing and happiness, the prevention of unnecessary suffering and prevention of intergenerational trauma. Megan has explored many modalities for happiness, health and healing including working cross-culturally with survivors of torture and trauma both in Australia and overseas, and  the tools and insights offered  in psychology, neurobiology and neuroscience and in human spiritualities and contemplative practices. In this 6 week program she brings together insights and practical tools from 25 years of work in mental health,  mindfulness, mind-body health sciences, positive neuroplasticity and self-compassion.

A note about fees
If you can, we would appreciate it if you pay the standard fee. If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID -19 or you are a health care card holder or full-time student we are happy to offer a reduced price. Please select the financial hardship option below. If either of these options are unaffordable, please email us at info@simplymindful.com.au.

Class dates

  • Class #1
    Wednesday October 26, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Class #2
    Wednesday November 2, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Class #3
    Wednesday November 9, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Class #4
    Wednesday November 16, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Class #5
    Wednesday November 23, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Class #6
    Wednesday November 30, 2022
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

4 Bancroft St, Dickson, Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia

Details Price Qty
Early Bird Registration $550.00 (AUD)  
Full Fee registration $650.00 (AUD)   Goes On Sale
Thursday October 13, 2022
Financial Hardship registration $500.00 (AUD)