Fall Compassion Class Specials

Acts of Compassion and Kindness

I must admit that working in the field of compassion brings with it many benefits. Not the least of which is an increase in acts of kindness! I’m delighted to share some recent acts of kindness with you….

First, I’ve been invited to assist Kristin Neff, Ph.D. in her upcoming 2-day Core Skill training for Mindful Self-Compassion. The training is being offered through FACES Conferences, and they have generously agreed to extend the early bird discount to anyone who mentions my name (Michelle Becker) while registering. The training is in San Diego on September 18 & 19th tempted to see what Mindful Self-Compassion is all about, and a great refresher for those of you who’ve already taken the course. If you do register, please take advantage of the kind discount offered by mentioning my name. Here is a link to the course: http://facesconferences.com/mindfulness-conferences/san-diego-mindfulness-conference/

Second, we at the San Diego Center for Well Being are offering reduced prices on our Compassion Classes. Our Mindful Self-Compassion classes are $100 off (now $445) and our Compassion Cultivation Classes are 1⁄2 off, or $200. The special is good for our upcoming series, which begins in September. Our hope is to spread compassion, and especially to support caregivers in their compassionate actions. Here’s a link to our compassion classes: http://www.sdcenterforwellbeing.com/class-schedule/

Often people ask which class they should take. We offer both of them because we think they’re both fantastic and while there is some overlap, the Mindful Self-Compassion is particularly helpful in cultivating compassion for ourselves (radical idea, huh?), while the Compassion Cultivation Class is especially helpful in cultivating compassion for others. It may be helpful to know that compassion isn’t just an inherited trait. It is a trait that can be learne
d. And research suggests increases in compassion for self and others is associated with decreases in negative states like depression and anxiety and increases in positive states like life-satisfaction and improved relationships.

And finally, the folks at Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center are offering a free on-line course on The Science of Happiness. You can find out more on their website.

May these kind acts be of benefit to you and those whom your own kindness and compassion reaches!

Kind Regards,

Michelle Becker

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Mindful Self-Compassion

I’ve just returned from teaching a 5-day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion class with my colleague, Steve Hickman, on Whidbey Island. Each time I teach this class I am moved by the impact self-compassion has on our ability to open fully to our lives. The transformation never ceases to amaze me. Tears one moment and laughter the next. Having a way to soothe and comfort ourselves when things get tough not only allows us to stay present to ourselves and our experience when we are stressed, it also helps us to move through our lives with more lightness, laughter and ease. When we can count on ourselves we can risk failure, we can open to relationships, we can let ourselves know our deepest desires. This class really teaches the how of Mindful Self-Compassion. I remain grateful for the opportunity to do this work for which I feel so deeply grateful.
I’m also delighted that we at the San Diego Center For Well Being, in collaboration with the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, will begin offering this class in the 8-week version in May. The Mindful Self Compassion class is also built on the foundation of Mindfulness. A great way to build that foundation is through our on-going schedule of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes, also offered in collaboration with the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness.
My deep respect for, and understanding of, self-compassion is also influential in the way in which my colleague, Dr. Lorri Hilbert, and I teach our The Daring Way™ classes. We’ve added self-compassion to the classes we teach and we think the program is much better for it. Come join us and tell us what you think.   Check out our class schedule.
Wishing you self-kindness, self-appreciation and especially self-compassion!