A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.
— Dr Chris Germer

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is a 9 week training course which is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It is 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 enable participants to respond to difficulties in their lives with kindness, care, understanding and strength.

 

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 MBSR course , which may be of benefit for the applicant to do first. However it is no longer a prerequisite to have attended a course of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) ,or any other 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.

   

The course is taught by Sara Frampton.  From May 2016 Sara will also be teaching 8 week Mindful Eating - Conscious Living (ME-CL) courses, the focus of which is on gaining the skills and understanding that allow change to take place in relation to food, eating, body, heart and mind.  The completion of an 8 week Mindfulness course is a prerequisite for attending an ME-CL course. 

 

For more details and to book please contact Sara on: 07429 700600 or sarasea@mail.com

“In many ways self-compassion is like magic, because it has the power to transform suffering into joy. The metaphor of alchemy has been used to symbolise the spiritual and emotional transformation that is possible when we embrace our pain with concern. When we give ourselves compassion, the tight knot of negative self-judgement starts to dissolve, replaced by a feeling of peaceful, connected acceptance - a sparkling diamond that emerges from the coal. When your heart opens, you immediately feel more connected, alive, present.”
— Dr Kristin Neff