This CIMC Benefit Workshop is made possible through the generosity of Chris Germer and the Mindfulness Studies Program at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences. All proceeds benefit the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.
Burgeoning research confirms that self-compassion is strongly associated with happiness and emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human‚ to acknowledge our shortcomings, learn from them, and make necessary changes with an attitude of kindness and self-respect.
Mindfulness is the first step‚ turning with loving awareness toward difficult experiences (emotions, sensations, thoughts). Self-compassion comes next‚ bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected presence during difficult moments in our lives.
Fortunately, mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. In this workshop, you will learn to:
- Practice self-compassion in daily life
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation
Our day together will include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program. CEs are not available.
University Hall Amphitheater
1815 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor
Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry (part-time) at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, and author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He teaches and leads workshops internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.