WHAT IS MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristen Neff and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care, and understanding. Dr. LaValle is a Trained Teacher credentialed by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California San Diego.
The three components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, 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 are not alone in facing our challenges. 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 can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive reliable affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands 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.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression, and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think!
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Course activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to experience directly self-compassion and to learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC is a training program that emphasizes strengthening the capacity to be aware (mindfulness) and building emotional resources (self-compassion). Positive change occurs as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way. While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, I am trained to provide a safe, supportive environment for participants to explore these practices, and committed to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.