Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an evidence-based 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. It was developed by Christopher Germer, PhD, a leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.mindfulselfcompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.self-compassion.org).

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion in order to enhance our capacity for emotional well-being. Research studies show that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

In MSC you’ll learn to:

  • Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the proven health benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle uncomfortable emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation


MSC is designed for members of the general public. Meditation experience is not necessary to participate. Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.

The goal is for participants to develop the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion in order to increase life satisfaction, decrease anxiety, depression and stress, and increase resilience.

~Written by Emily Becker at Studio BE

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