Mindful Self Compassion
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is usually taught as a group-based 9-week or 5-day training course. It is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion, based on ground-breaking scientific research by Dr Kristin Neff, integrated with the clinical perspective of Dr Christopher Germer. MSC teaches core principles and practices that give participants resources and skills, enabling us to respond to difficulties in our lives with kindness, care, understanding and strength.
Gwynedd Mindfulness is not currently teaching MSC as a group-based weekly course. Two of the Gwynedd Mindfulness teachers, Sara Frampton and Judith Soulsby, are however offering one-to-one MSC courses, Sara in person, Judith on-line, which may be personally tailored to your needs and interests. Sara also teaches refresher days for those who have taken the course. Please read the information below, see Sara and Judith’s bios, and get in touch with either of them if you’d like to find out more.
The three components of MSC are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so that we can then give ourselves what is most needed. Common humanity opens us to our essential inter-relatedness, dispelling the sense of isolation and aloneness so common with suffering. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so that we can accept our experience with greater ease and peace of mind. Together they allow us to access a state of warm, connected presence.
As mindfulness is one of the core components of MSC it is to some extent incorporated in the course, though not as comprehensively as the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, which may be of benefit for the applicant to do first. However it is not a prerequisite to have attended any mindfulness training. While MSC can be learned by anyone, the teacher would screen applicants to establish the suitability of the course for them at the time of application.
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