MINDFULNESS CLASSES

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Mindful Self-Compassion - March 31- May 26

Tuesdays 9-11am (8 weeks)

This program is an eight-session, empirically-supported Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, and Christopher Germer, PhD. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion. Self-compassion involves the capacity to comfort and soothe ourselves, and to motivate ourselves with encouragement, when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is learned in part by connecting with our innate compassion for others, and self-compassion also helps to grow and sustain our compassion for others.

Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life

  • Understand the science of self-compassion

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

  • Teach simple self-compassion skills to others

 

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.  MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - April 1 - May 27

Wednesdays 6-8pm (8 week course)

This Gold Standard highly researched mindfulness program is for those seeking to develop a formal contemplative practice.  In MBSR we learn to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open minded curiosity and acceptance.  Rather than worry about was has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skillfully to what is happening right now.  Includes guided facilitation of sitting, eating and walking meditation, gentle mindful movement, body scan meditation, and group discussion. Appropriate for all.  No experience necessary.


Mindfulness has been shown to:

  • Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Reactivity

  • Decrease self reported levels of Pain

  • Increase Concentration and Cognitive Function

  • Cultivate Increased level of Self Compassion and Empathy

  • Improve your Sense of Overall Well-being

 

Program activities include short talks, experiential exercises, meditation, group discussion, and home practices.  MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.

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