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WorkShop! The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience

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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience
 

March 23, 2012, 9 am-4:30 pm
International House, UC Berkeley Campus

This day-long seminar and live webcast will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion and reducing stress, led by Dr. Kristin Neff. 

 

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with greater ease during life’s inevitable struggles. It is an antidote to harsh self-criticism, making us feel connected to others when we suffer, rather than feeling isolated and alienated. Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and better than other people; instead, they come from caring about ourselves and embracing our commonalities.

 

This event will be webcast live! Attend in-person or online.

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Ajahn Brahm - Why Practice Self Compassion October 17, 2014

Why practice self-compassion? A public talk at University of Toronto on October 17, 2014. For more information about Ajahn Brahm trips to Canada please check...
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Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion - The Globe and Mail

Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion - The Globe and Mail | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Researchers say self-compassion can be taught using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, with their trials showing reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion in participants.
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The Skill of Self-Compassion

The Skill of Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
During the course, students will learn:
  1. How to stop being so hard on oneself
  2. How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  3. How to motivate oneself with encouragement rather than criticism
  4. How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  5. Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  6. How to manage caregiver fatigue
  7. The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  8. How to become one’s own best teacher
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Self-compassion has many health benefits

Self-compassion has many health benefits | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

A self-compassionate attitude has many psychological and health benefits.


Self-compassion allows one to act autonomously and in accordance with one’s authentic self, rather than comparing oneself to external standards. Self-compassion fosters higher self-worth, less social comparison, less self-consciousness, less anger, and less self-rumination and self-criticism. It also allows one greater ability to self-reflect in order to better understand oneself and others. It is a healthier way of relating to oneself.


Reduced stress


by Aaron Means

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Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem?

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
It's time for us to put down the idea that we have to think well of ourselves at all times to be mature, successful, functional, mentally healthy individuals.


Indeed, this toxic idea can foster a kind of narcissistic ego-based self-story that is bound to blow up on us. Instead of increasing self-esteem content what we need to do is increase self-compassion as the context of all we do.


That deflates ego-based self-stories, as we humbly accept our place as one amongst our fellow human beings, mindfully acknowledging that we all have self-doubt, we all suffer, we all fail from time to time, but none of that means we can't live a life of meaning, purpose, and compassion for ourselves and others.


Teach that to our young people, and we will have provided them a real skill they can use in the real world all their lives.


by Steven C. Hayes

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Mindful Self-Compassion 8 week series

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff (Phd) and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer (PhD), MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.


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.


Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. In order to receive the greatest benefits, it is important that participants plan to attend every session.

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Mindful Self-Compassion and Parenting

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Self-compassion has three components:

1. The kindness we would show a friend is directed toward ourselves.

2. A recognition that pain and suffering is part of life — it’s something every human being goes through.

3. Mindfulness.


Here are the benefits I have gained from self-compassion:

  • Far less criticism of my husband (phew!).
  • More natural and spontaneous kindness, generosity and forgiveness toward myself and others.
  • ...

By KELLIE EDWARDS 

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Self-compassion key to positive body image and coping

The research results suggest that eating disorder prevention and health promotion that focus on increasing young women's self-compassion may be an important way to foster healthier weight management across the BMI spectrum.


This study gathered data from 153 female undergraduate students and used BMI calculations based on each participant's self-reported height and weight. The research team administered a series of questionnaires assessing levels of self-compassion, self-esteem, body image, and eating behaviours.

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5 Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

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Self-Compassion as a Recovery Tool
 

When used as an addiction recovery tool, self-compassion has shown to help people overcome cravings, deal with the stresses of early recovery, and better manage their emotions. It involves being mindful, but the practice also boosts self-esteem, reduces self-criticism, and allows the person to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin – qualities that are essential for lasting sobriety.



According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, “compassionate mind states may be learned, and may alleviate shame, as well as other distressing outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, self-attacks, feelings of inferiority, and submissive behavior.”


by Nikki Seay

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How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

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A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.


What is the solution?

We focused on nurturing self-compassion, which means becoming mindfully aware of the pain one feels when experiencing moments of failure, recognizing that such shortcomings are common to all human beings, and then evoking a sense of kindness and care toward one’s self in those moments.


By Linda Graham 

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Self-Compassion, Part II: Recognizing Your Limits

Self-Compassion, Part II: Recognizing Your Limits | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

By compassionately recognizing that you have personal limits, you can respect the legitimacy of the emotions you feel when you have been pushed beyond them.


Most people would agree that having a compassionate stance towards oneself is desirable. But how do you cultivate self-compassion?


Let’s quickly define the term. In this article, “compassion” means tenderhearted recognition of pain or distress, coupled with a desire to alleviate it.


Each component of this definition—recognition, tenderheartedness, and a desire to alleviate distress—offers opportunities for cultivating compassion. This article will look at how the skill of “recognition” can help you grow self-compassion.


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Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate

Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

BY NANCI BESSER 

The Challenge: Everyone wants to find their soulmate, but how can we be that for someone else?


The Science: Surprisingly, empathy and kindness toward yourself is the key to being a wonderful partner.


The Solution:Here are 3 steps to becoming AND finding the perfect soulmate.


Everyone wants a soulmate. Yet what does it take to be a perfect partner to that soulmate?


Practicing self-compassion might be a strong indicator of the presence or absence of empathy in an individual. 

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Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem?

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Research shows that low self-esteem correlates with poorer mental health outcomes across the board1, increased likelihood of suicide attempts, and difficulty developing supportive social relationships.  

Research also shows that trying to raise low self-esteem artificially comes with its own set of problems, including tendencies toward narcissism, antisocial behavior, and avoiding challenging activities that may threaten one's self-concept.

This division in the research has led to a division amongst psychologists about how important self-esteem is, whether or not it's useful to help people improve their self-esteem, and what the best practices are for accomplishing that. 


Steven C. Hayes,

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Kristin Neff: The Three Components of Self-Compassion

The world's leading researcher of self-compassion and founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion program explains the core features of self-compassion.
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Video: Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion

Video: Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Researchers say self-compassion can be taught using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, with their trials showing reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion in participants.


The scientists behind the study are now investigating the longevity of the therapy and say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions. Matthew Stock reports.

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Self-compassion has many health benefits

Self-compassion has many health benefits | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
You have probably heard a lot about mindfulness over the years. Self-compassion is a natural byproduct of mindfulness, as a self-compassionate attitude asks us to be mindful of how we are relating to ourselves.



Self-compassion is commonly defined as the ability to adopt a stance of self-kindness, feel a sense of connection to others, and be mindful of one’s thoughts and feelings in the context of one’s experience of pain and suffering.


There are three elements that are inherent within self-compassion. Self-kindness, or the tendency to be kind and understanding toward oneself in instances of pain or failure, rather than being harshly self-critical or judgmental.

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Mindfulness Northwest: Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8 week course

Mindfulness Northwest:  Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8 week course | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Mindful Self-Compassion is an 8 week course (including a half day retreat) that is designed to give participants concrete and practical ways to treat themselves with more kindness.  Self-Compassion can be learned by anyone, even those of us who are very hard on ourselves. 


The course includes guided meditations, exercises, and direct learning.  No meditation experience is required - beginners welcome!  For more information please visit my website, http://cittapsychotherapy.com/mindful-self-compassion.html.


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Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Mindful Self-Compassion Trainings I have completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training through the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness.

 

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 9 session training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

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How Self-Compassion Builds a More Positive Body Image Than Self-Esteem - PsychCentral.com (blog)

How Self-Compassion Builds a More Positive Body Image Than Self-Esteem - PsychCentral.com (blog) | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
“Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections.” — Diane Von Furstenberg


A new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has touched on a somewhat taboo question: “What if women...

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25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion

25 Questions for Cultivating Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

As I wrote in this piece on journaling prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery, part of building a healthy relationship with ourselves is keeping an open and honest dialogue. It’s continually asking ourselves questions and welcoming the answers. It’s getting to know ourselves, at our core.

Another part of building a healthy relationship is cultivating self-compassion. But I know that for many of us this is hard. Really hard. Being kind feels foreign, and unnatural. Instead, after many years, our automatic reaction may be to bash, berate and bully ourselves.


Here’s a list of 25 questions to help you take small steps in being kinder to yourself.

  1. How would I like to feel today?
  2. What’s one small step I can take to cultivate this feeling?
  3. What do I need right now?
  4. ....


by MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S. 

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Self-compassion was realized after reading this special book

Self-compassion was realized after reading this special book | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
I’m savoring Olivia Fox Cabane’s book, The Charisma Myth. It’s like preaching to the converted. We totally see eye-to-eye on so many practices. My favorite: being present is a key to executive presence. Non-verbal communication is SO important… right down to wearing clothing to a business meal that’s comfortable— lest you send off the wrong vibe (think hot room, itchy suit).
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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion

Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

Join us for this two-day workshop to learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.


Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. Recent research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, enhances coping, promotes health behaviors, and increases motivation.


This workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn essential tools for treating yourself in a respectful, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This is a great way to overcome pleasing others and practicing more self-care.

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Practise Self-Compassion To Improve How You Feel About Yourself

Practise Self-Compassion To Improve How You Feel About Yourself | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it

I’ve been thinking about self-esteem lately, and how you can never have too much of it (or so I thought)


I wanted to find out more about how self-esteem works and how to give it a boost when it’s running low.


I was surprised to find that self-esteem isn’t as straight-forward as I’d thought — what matters more is self-compassion.


BELLE BETH COOPE

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Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination? | Self-Empathy | Scoop.it
Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.


Low self-compassion, high stress


Fuschia M. Sirois of Bishop’s University in Canada examined whether self-compassion—kindness and understanding toward one’s self in response to pain or failure
— could be related to procrastination and the stress and suffering that procrastination causes.


By Linda Graham 

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