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An Introduction to the Practice of Mindful Self-Compassion

September 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT

Mindful Self-compassion: What is It? Self-compassion is bringing kindness to ourselves when things go wrong in our lives. Most of us easily treat our friends and loved ones with warmth, tenderness and patience when they struggle, fall short or fail at times in their lives, but we have a much harder time bringing those same qualities of compassion to our own selves in the same situations. Self-compassion is directed to the one who is suffering, and encourages us to consider the fundamental question of “What do I need?” By recognizing that difficulty is here (mindfulness), that these things are a part of every human life (common humanity), and connecting with our natural capacity for kindness toward suffering (self-kindness), we can develop healthy and enduring patterns of relating to all the circumstances of life.

Self-compassion: How to Learn It
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to oneself. It’s a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the discomfort that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

Program activities include talks, meditation, experiential exercises, and group discussion. Participants will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

This workshop will be helpful to students of all levels of experience. No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend the program

COST: Sliding Scale: $35 – $75, plus an offering of DANA to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less. Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. TO RSVP AS A MONTHLY SUPPORTER, CLICK HERE.

Please CLICK HERE for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.


Beth Sternlieb is a senior teacher at InsightLA and a graduate of the Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society teacher training. As co-director of mindfulness and yoga research at the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program, Beth has taught and co-authored several research studies on yoga for young adults with chronic pain and health problems, and breast cancer survivors with persistent fatigue. Beth is a certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher.


September 9, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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