Christopher Germer, Mindful Self-Compassion

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we're struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions—fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering. And as the Dalai Lama says, self-compassion is the first step toward compassion for others.

Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, specializing in mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy. He is a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice. Dr. Germer lectures and conducts workshops internationally on the art and science of mindful self-compassion.

Featured Workshops

October 18 - 23, 2015
Mindful Self-Compassion
Center for Mindfulness Sweden, Östergötland
5-day intensive with Christine Brähler

October 30 - November 01, 2015
Cultivating Compassion: From the Buddha to Modern Psychotherapy
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre MA
with Chris Ives

November 08 - 14, 2015
MSC Teacher Training
RW Spiritual Retreat Center, Lucerne Valley, CA
Sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness, San Diego, CA
With Christopher Germer, Michelle Becker, Steven Hickman and Christine Braehler

December 13 - 18, 2015
Mindful Self-Compassion
RW Spiritual Retreat Center, Lucerne Valley, CA
5-day intensive with Kristin Neff

January 10 - 15, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Sedona Mago Retreat Center, Sedona, AZ
5-day intensive with Kristin Neff

February 19 - 24, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion
Arbor Seminare, Mattli Antoniushaus
Morschach, Switzerland
5 day intensive with Regula Saner

March 05 - 06, 2016
Internal Family Systems and Mindful Self-Compassion: Exploring the Depth and Breadth of Compassion
Cambridge, MA, (location to be announced)
2-day conference, with Dick Schwartz and Susan Pollak

March 13 - 19, 2016
MSC Teacher Training
Sedona Mago Retreat Center, Sedona, Arizona
sponsored by UCSD Center for Mindfulness
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MSC Intensive
Sedona Mago, January 10-15, 2016 with Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff

Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed,  face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.
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Psychotherapy Networker:
Self-Compassion Issue

The latest issue of Psychotherapy Networker is dedicated to exploring self-compassion and clinical applications. Find the full online version of Psychotherapy Networker here.



Suggested Readings

Christopher Germer Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
Compassion. Bridging Practice
and Science

By Tania Singer and Matthias Bolz
Free eBook on compassion.
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Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
Available at Guilford Press or
Christopher Germer Clinical Psychologist
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions

Author, Christopher Germer, PhD
Available at Guilford Press
Stop Beating Yourself Up and
Leave Insecurity Behind

Author, Kristin Neff, PhD
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