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Mindful Self Compassion: 8 week course

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What: 8 week course;March 25th - May 13, 2018 1:45 pm - 4:15 pm. Includes a 1/2 day retreat (date and location TBA)

Who: Dr. Rami Nijjar, clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, intimacy coach

Where : STRETCH yoga studio; 180 East Pender St, Vancouver, BC

To register: Please contact Rami Nijjar or vanselfcompassion@gmail.com for ticket information.

Fees:

The early-bird cost for this course is $400 (if paid before March 1st, 2018) and $500 after. Price includes workbook and 1/2 day retreat.


Course payment can be made by cheque or e-transfer.

Insurance receipts will be issued as a Registered Psychologist.

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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Mindfulness and compassion have often been described as two wings of a bird – we need both to soar. Mindfulness teaches us to turn toward and acknowledge our experience with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to any difficulties that arise with kindness, warmth and understanding. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren't alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Rapidly expanding research shows that self-compassion is strongly linked with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

This course is highly transformative. After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:


  • Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices in daily life

  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism

  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease

  • Transform challenging relationships, both old and new

  • Manage caregiver fatigue

  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

  • Understand the theory, research, and practice behind mindful self-compassion

  • Deepen an authentic and loving relationship with yourself


Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It's 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. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is for you to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, Rami is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer


Your Instructor

Rami NIjjar, PhD

Rami has been using mindfulness and self compassion in her personal and professional life for over 15 years and is continually amazed at the transformative power of these techniques to enhance self exploration and self acceptance. She is a clinical psychologist who, because of her deep belief in the effectiveness of such practices, has also trained in yoga therapeutics and meditation. Watching clients cope with a range of struggles and life transitions over the years, she was often struck by how useful this work (MSC) could be for almost everyone. It is for this reason that she is excited to be able to offer this program and guide others through this program and towards greater well-being.

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Please contact Rami Nijjar @ vanselfcompassion@gmail.com for information about registration or to inquire about scholarships to attend the program.


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