Note: A copy of Susan Pollak’s new book, Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself, is included with your registration and will be available at check-in.
Parenting is challenging for just about everyone. It’s hard to feel that we’re doing it right. And for those who have (or had) a meditation practice it is hard to keep it going, especially when you’re totally exhausted. People often mistakenly feel that they’re only dedicated practitioners if they spend their free time in formal practice. Parents, of course, don’t have that luxury. How can we stop being so hard on ourselves? That's where self-compassion is so important. It is a skill that anyone can learn, and that we can apply to ALL the challenges that we face.
In her new book, psychologist and mindfulness expert Susan M. Pollak helps parents let go of constant self-judgment and treat themselves with the same kindness and caring they strive to offer their kids. In this workshop, Dr. Pollak will teach simple yet powerful guided meditation techniques that are easy to practice while doing the dishes, driving to work, or soothing a fussy baby. Parents learn to respond to their own imperfections like a supportive friend—not a harsh critic. In the process, parents not only will find themselves happier and more energized, but also will discover new reserves of patience and appreciation for their kids.
This workshop will be of special interest to parents of kids or teens of any age, to grandparents, and to mental health professionals. Our time together will include stories, guided practice and time for questions and discussion. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome.
Susan M. Pollak, MTS, EdD, is cofounder and senior teacher at the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where she has supervised and taught since the mid-1990s. She is the president of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A longtime student of meditation and yoga, Dr. Pollak teaches about mindfulness, compassion, and self-compassion in psychotherapy and has been integrating the practices of meditation into psychotherapy since the 1980s. She is author of Self-Compassion for Parents (for general readers) and coauthor of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy (for mental health professionals).