Let’s face it. Sometimes, being kind to ourselves is easier said than done. Our best intentions fall flat when the Inner Critic has the last word. Is it possible to change our ways? To step beyond this adversarial relationship into contingency-free support? To live befriended?
Thanks to the latest research, we now know that self-compassion is a skill anyone can learn.
Live Befriended is a six week course based on the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) curriculum that’s taught across the globe on six continents. Consider it a sort of retreat in the context of daily life. Individualized instruction, journaling prompts, guided meditations (no previous meditation experience required,) and home practice suggestions welcome your immersion into a new way of relating to your world.
Why is self-care important? As the saying goes, we are most helpful to others when we first secure our own proverbial oxygen mask. Empirical studies describe increased capacity for perspective-taking and caregiving after participating in class curriculum.
And that’s not all. Research on self-compassion also describes its effectiveness in lessening anxiety, enhancing well-being, diminishing depression and stress, improving interpersonal relationships, and motivating healthy habits.
To read more about the research, check out Dr. Kristin Neff’s website.
While Live Befriended is therapeutic, it is not a substitute for therapy. Rather, the emphasis is on skill-building and resourcing self-growth.
In a nutshell - Live Befriended is part brain science, part contemplative practices, part self-inquiry - and part hands-down adventure.
Life is short and precious and rare. Live befriended.
Here’s a sampling of Live Befriended:
Live Befriended is available starting April 7.
To find out more, please contact Sabrina for more information.
Suggested writings by Mindful Self-Compassion co-founders to deepen personal practices before, during, or after course completion:
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer