Self Compassion

Cultivating Mindful Self-compassion:
“A flower cannot be opened with a hammer.”

When you experience emotional pain,

do you tend to automatically blame, criticize, slip into self-pity, or try to fix yourself?
Or maybe you’re not that direct:
Perhaps you briefly notice, and then quickly abandon yourself?
… Whatever your patterned response to your pain, how is it working for you?

When we are suffering,

it’s normal to get stuck in the dark pit of self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-absorption. Research psychologists have shown that the antidote is self-compassion.

Self-compassion is a skill that includes three foundational elements:
self-awareness, connection to the commonality of human suffering, and self-kindness.

Relating compassionately to your pain

can bring you more well-being, sense of safety, comfort and peace.
It can expand your tolerance for what life brings, both painful and joyous.
Self-compassion is also the foundation for being authentically compassionate towards others.

This is not merely philosophy,

this involves essential functions of your neurobiology! It is a prerequisite to true healing and more fully claiming your inner light. Let me help you develop competence in this fundamental skill of Self-compassion.

Available as a personal retreat theme or as a series of individual sessions.

A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.

-Christopher Germer