About Mindful Self-Compassion

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Mindful Self Compassion was developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.  Here is what Christopher Germer has to say about it:  http://self-compassion.org/the-program/

Marcia  began training in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in 2015. Through the use of simple and ordinary guided meditations and experiential practices, I have become aware of how hard on myself I am, and how common that is. MSC has helped me to bring kindness, care and mercy to my experience, and to myself, and to “warm up” my mindfulness practice.  It has been a real gift and a source of joy and relief for me.  I use it in my counseling practice with clients, supporting people to consider motivating themselves with kindness instead of criticism, and to practice treating themselves with the same type of supportive attention with which they would treat a friend. I especially like the concept of bringing kindness to ourselves when we are in pain, not to make ourselves “feel better”, but just because we are hurting. This paradigm shift, in itself, relaxes our habits of striving and invites an attitude of softness, paradoxically helping us to feel better without trying.

I have been facilitating Hakomi mindfulness-based, compassion-centered self-awareness groups since 2006, and worked as a counselor for over 20 years. I began training in MSC in 2015 and taught my first 8 week MSC course early in 2017. My next course starts in October 2017. Here is what some of my students have said:

“Mindful self compassion seems so simple. Yet under Marcia’s guidance in this course it touched surprisingly deep places in me. The practices themselves are useful. But more than that Marcia held us in a way that modelled how we were learning to hold ourselves.”
RM,  Carpenter

Thank you so much! I’ve never had such a short course be so transformative personally and professionally.”  TW, Registered Clinical Counsellor

I found this course on self-compassion very helpful and believe it can make a radical difference in our lives. Marcia Burton facilitated so skillfully, modelling compassion in every class. The teachings, exercises, guided meditations, homework and readings were rich and inspiring. I’ve been practicing mindfulness and compassion for some time, but these very practical ways of applying self-compassion made me realize how much more often I can bring compassion into day to day awareness. I have been practicing ever since and employ it to gentle my moment by moment experience along, to open my heart increasingly to every different kind of experience, whether painful, sad, frustrating, happy or joyful.”  RP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

The benefits (of MSC) are ongoing as I continue to use the practice. I do not think I ever reaped the rewards of meditation the way I do now. It is quite empowering. Marcia, you are such a natural facilitator. When the group wanders off topic you gently and skillfully bring us back while acknowledging what was shared. You are wise, perceptive, accepting and understanding. And your humour is always so surprising, unexpected – there is quite a little rascal inside your calm demeanour!” LM, Hospice Volunteer