UpcomingSelf-compassion 26th October, 6 weeks


‘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)

 

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