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Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding.

The Three Components of Self-Compassion

The three key components of self-compassion are:

Self-kindness: kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need.

A sense of common humanity: common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone.

A balanced, mindful awareness: 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.

Self-compassion is a courageous attitude that can be learned by anyone.  It helps us to stand up to harm, including the harm that we 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 to others, and be more authentically ourselves.