8 Week Mindful Self-Compassion Program

with Kathleen Cator

In April 2017, The Contemplary is proud to be offering the community an 8-week program in cultivating Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) run by Kathleen Cator.

Developed by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, MSC enables participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. In particular, MSC encourages participants to foster kindness for themselves as well as a sense of common humanity through the techniques of mindfulness meditation.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Increasingly, research is demonstrating that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, reduced anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits, and improvements in personal relationships. No previous experience with self-compassion or other meditation practices is required.

Each week of the course is devoted to a different aspect of self-compassion. This course structure is as follows:

  • Session 1: The science of Self-Compassion
  • Session 2: Practicing Mindfulness
  • Session 3: Practicing Loving Kindness
  • Session 4: Making peace with the inner critic
  • Session 5: Exploring strengths and values
  • Session 6: Exploring, managing & befriending difficult emotions
  • Session 7: Relationships and self-care
  • Session 8: Practicing gratitude, appreciation, and savouring