I've been MIA from the blogosphere for about 6 weeks, but I'm back! I've spent this time digging in to Kristin Neff and Chris Germer's work on Mindful Self-Compassion, including spending a week with them (and other teachers and teacher trainees) learning how to teach an 8 week course. I'm excited to say that I taught the first section of the course last night and it went great! I feel like this work is so important and that it is needed badly by so many of us. So what is it that I'm actually talking about?
Mindful Self-Compassion has three basic components:
If you check out Kristin and Chris's websites above you can find downloadable guided meditations. I give these to clients to use all of the time, and I listen to them quite often myself. If you've got 20 minutes to spare (I bet you do!) you can give it a try and find out just how good it feels to be a little nice to yourself.
I'm a mindfulness based psychotherapist in Seattle.