• Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

  • Learn how to build inner strength and support your emotional resilience with our evidence-based, self-compassion courses taught by Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) Trained Teachers!

  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based program developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD and Kristin Neff, PhD that combines the skills of self-compassion and mindfulness, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.

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    FREE Live Online Intro Class: What Is Mindful Self-Compassion?

    Monday, September 14, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm PDT

    Is it just me, or is life throwing us some major curve balls right now? Join CMSC Trained Teachers Bob Horowitz, MD and Theresa Najjar, PT, DPT, MS to learn what self-compassion is and why it builds inner strength and supports your emotional resilience during difficult times. This session is FREE. It is open to all and there is no obligation to enroll in our 6-week course.

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    6-Week Online Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion | $180

    September 21, 2020 - October 26, 2020 | Mondays 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm PDT

    Learn how to build inner strength, support your emotional resilience, and respond to difficult moments with kindness, care, and understanding. This course is taught live on Zoom by our CMSC Trained Teachers Bob Horowitz, MD and Theresa Najjar, PT, DPT, MS. The 6-Week Online Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) teaches self-compassion core principles. In this course you will learn tools to:

    • Stop being so hard on yourself
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Motivate yourself with encouragement instead of criticism
    • Become your own inner ally

  • Self-Compassion FAQ:

    What is Mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is being able to acknowledge and turn toward our difficult thoughts and feelings with openness and curiosity.

    What is Self-Compassion?

    Self-compassion involves responding to your own difficult thoughts and feelings in the same supportive and understanding way you would respond to a good friend who is having a difficult time - with kindness, sympathy, and understanding. Self-compassion is a way that we can support and comfort ourselves when we are hurting. Self-Compassion has 3 main components: 

    • Self-kindness: Being warm and understanding to ourselves when we face difficulty
    • Common humanity: Recognizing that difficulty and struggle is part of the shared human experience that we all go through
    • Mindfulness: Taking a balanced approach to difficulty through a non-judgmental, receptive state of mind. Observing thoughts and feelings as they are, without trying to deny or suppress them.

    Who can benefit from MSC?

    Anyone! MSC is the practice of repeatedly turning toward ourselves with kindness and understanding when we are facing difficulty. Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to turn toward yourself with that same caring attention when you struggle?

    What tools will I learn in MSC?

    • Stop being so hard on yourself
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Motivate yourself with encouragement instead of criticism
    • Transform difficult relationships, both new and old
    • Become your own inner ally

    OK, but does MSC work?

    There is a large volume of research supporting the Mindful Self-Compassion Program in all of it's forms (ex. 8 week, short course, health care provider course, etc). You can also learn more through other helpful websites and resources.