Many people suffer with self-criticism and shame. We believe the critical judge will help us improve, but it never does – – it only makes us feel worse. These lifelong patterns of self-criticism and shame feel impossibleto change, but they are not. With devotion to our mindfulness practice we can become aware of our judge and instead of being self-critical, we can learn to be more compassionate towards ourselves, others, and even the critical judge.
Recent research shows that mindfulness — joined with self-compassion — enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, and leads to more satisfying personal relationships and better psychological health.
This 8-week class will present self-compassion as a specific application of the mindfulness training attained in the 8-week Foundations course, and will introduce practices that give rise to kindness, self-acceptance and self-care. Learning to apply self-compassion and understanding during times of struggle, rather that ignoring feelings or being self-critical, can transform your life.
Spaces are limited, early registration is recommended. Please register through the Penn Program for Mindfulness.
You can try a guided meditation exercise with Dr. Dan Gottlieb right now. Just click the play button on the player below, or download the MP3 file at the link and play it from your computer or audio device.
Prerequisite: Completion of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Management Foundation Program or similar training and approval by faculty and staff.
Requirements and Commitments: A commitment to ongoing mindfulness practice and a desire to apply mindfulness in real life situations is a requirement of the course. It is your personal commitment that will give this community its power.
Registration: Registration deadline: Thursday, October 15.