The Power of Mindful Self-Compassion

What if you already have a superpower?

The combination of mindfulness with self-compassion has the power to transform your life. 

Individually mindfulness and self-compassion are effective resources. Each of them helps people to improve their lives.  Mindfulness and self-compassion share a very important characteristic: they are inner resources which you already have. Each of us has the capacity for mindfulness and for Self-compassion built right into us as part of being human.  It’s not something outside of us. Every one of us has it and can learn to tap into the resource and develop it.    

Mindfulness is a resource that allows us to be aware of what’s happening within and around us in real time. Mindfulness is the antidote to our natural human tendency to run on autopilot, especially when we are stressed.  This is our inclination to operate from our habits and our past experience.  Mindful contact with the present moment is a resource that creates the possibility to free ourselves from the grip of automatic habits that no longer work for us. 

Self-Compassion is a resource that helps us relate to ourselves with caring.   Self-compassion is the antidote to our human tendency to judge, blame and even harshly criticize ourselves when we’re not as we wish we were or when life is difficult.   The human mind naturally works in such a way that the majority of us sometimes generate guilt, self-blame when it isn’t necessarily helpful.  For some people this becomes self condemnation or even self hatred.   Self-compassion is a resource that enables us to see ourselves as a human being who needs encouragement and support.  With self-compassion, we can give ourselves some of that.  Self-compassion also helps us  to make choices from warm concern for ourselves instead of beating ourselves up.

Alone, they are both powerful resources anyone can develop.  Please take just a moment and ask yourself these two questions:  What would my life be like if I could slow down when I need to, take a breath, and be a little kinder with myself?  What would my life be like if I could do that at challenging moments?

Together, mindfulness and compassion are like two jet engines.  They can lift us higher, faster and farther.  

Registration to Mindful Self-Compassion Course September – November, 2019 is now open!

There will be 9 course sessions on Sundays.

The free, Early-bird Orientation session will be on Sunday August 11, and a Second Orientation Session will be on Sunday September 1st. The course starts on Sunday September 8.

Ready to make this happen? the next step is to register for the Orientation session

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What is Self Compassion and Why Does It Matter?

How do you respond to yourself in facing the daily challenge of your life? That is, what kind of thoughts and feeling typically appear when you feel a little overwhelmed by your responsibilities or relationships? If you’re like many people, you may sometimes criticize yourself when you are under pressure, stressed or feeling you haven’t done as well as you wished. You may sometimes judge yourself harshly or imagine negative judgments of others. How do self criticism and self judgment effect your ability to engage with your life? Research shows that most people are harder on themselves than on their friends when the friends face the same challenges!

Self Compassion is when we respond to ourselves supportively, with kindness and understanding. Whether we’re facing a daily hassle or a big challenge, we offer ourselves encouragement and support rather than blame. When we want to achieve an important goal, we can use self compassion to motivate ourselves rather than criticism, fear and blame.

Self Compassion is not a theory or a concept. It is a concrete and practical skill that can be learned, practiced and applied in daily life right at the moment we need it.

This matters because research shows that learning and practicing self-compassion are strongly connected with greater emotional well being and resilience as well as big reductions in self criticism and anxiety.

Ask yourself: how would your life be with less self criticism and self blame, and more kindness and understanding?

Registration to Mindful Self-Compassion Course April-June, 2019 is now open!

There will be 9 course sessions on Sundays.
The free, pre-course orientation session will be on Sunday March 31, and the course starts on Sunday April 7.

Check out the full course description and schedule here:
www.mscthailand.org or contact us for more information at hello@mscthailand.org

If you’re ready to make this happen, the next step is to register for the Orientation session here: https://goo.gl/forms/NTWhnQSEXmt9vwsw2

The following course will begin in September 2019- if you want to be notified when registration opens for that course, sign up here: https://forms.gle/bVdE6MdweeUwa4J48

Gratefully,
Mindful Self-Compassion Thailand

Looking to the New Year with Hope

Wishing everyone the very best for a wonderful, fulfilling and happy 2019!

This is a hopeful time of year when we look forward and think about goals and growth for the coming year.
When we look forward, it can help to have wise guidance to help us choose a path.
Since we naturally get lost in the daily responsibilities and stresses of our lives, wise guidance helps us remember the big picture. Part of the big picture is that our time is finite. This article, How Cancer Changes Hope, reminds us about this. The author shares her main hope to live deeply and fully in each moment of daily life. Her insight can help us set our own direction for the coming year.

This year, we wish that all of us may learn how to live deeply, fiercely and fully in the present moment.

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