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Self-Compassion: A Better Way of Relating to Ourselves
What You'll Learn:
Discover the antidote to self-criticism and why self-esteem may not be the answer
Find out the cutting edge research for self compassion, what self-compassion is, and how it can be cultivated
Join in a guided “self-compassion break”–a short exercise you can add to your personal toolkit
Dr. Kristen Neff
Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported eight-week training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, and offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide.
Sign up for Kristen’s newsletter here to get updates on upcoming self-compassion events. You can also experience her audio-training Self Compassion Step by Step and purchase her book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself to dive deeper into cultivating self-compassion. See even more of her work on her website and at the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion .
Acharya Fleet Maull
Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. Fleet is well known as a prison reform activist and the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute.
What You'll Learn:
Hear how our “old” brain and “new” brain can create negative feedback loops and how mindfulness and self-compassion can help
Find out how a brain motivated by competitiveness differs from one motivated by compassion
Learn Dr. Paul Gilbert’s three tips for beginning to cultivate self-compassion
Dr. Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. He has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology for over 35 years with a special focus on shame and the treatment of shame based difficulties, for which compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed. He has written and edited 20 books, 200 academic papers and book chapters and established the Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to Mental Health in 2011.
Learn more about the Compassionate Mind Foundation by visiting their website and dive deeper into mindful compassion by reading Dr. Gilbert’s book Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others.
Awakening Through Love
What You'll Learn:
Discover your innate capacity for love and compassion, and how to hone in your fundamental nature to give and receive love
Learn what is stopping you from realizing the true nature of self, and how to overcome it
Relax into a guided meditation on receiving and expanding love beyond our accustomed boundaries
Dr. John Makransky
John Makransky is a Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, and co-founder of the Courage of Care Coalition and Foundation for Active Compassion. John is the developer of Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT), which is being applied to empower strong and inclusive care and compassion, and to prevent empathic distress and burnout, for people in caring roles and professions.
Courage of Care Coalition provides training in strong, sustainable compassion to individuals and organizations for personal and systemic transformation, you can visit the website here. Visit the Foundation for Active Compassion website here to see the work they do in providing resources and meditation groups that support sustainable compassion training. You can also read his book Awakening Through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness which adapts practices from Tibetan Dzogchen tradition to help you learn how to awaken your innate human capacity for powerful love, compassion and wisdom.