Engage in contemplative and creative frameworks, tools and practices, centered on:
- Mindful awareness
- Kindness, compassion and courage
- Mind-body practices for holistic health and well-being
- Experiential approaches to navigate life’s many ups and downs with wisdom and ease
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. ” -Pema Chödrön
Most of us feel compassion for our close friends when they are struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion for personal growth. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
– Excerpted from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) website
More information about MSC:
- Dr. Kristin Neff: self-compassion.org
- Dr. Chris Germer: chrisgermer.com
- Center for Mindful Self-Compassion: centerformsc.org
- Self-Compassion in Action: selfcompassioninaction.com
While kindness is essential to compassion, the Compassionate Mind Foundation shares the core of compassion is actually courage — courage to witness stress (in others, or in ourselves) and hold it with awareness, to respond with kindness and empathy, and ultimately to take action to help alleviate suffering in some way. This can be within ourselves, relationally with others, or through advocacy and community action.
I have trained in MSC with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and am a Trained Teacher of MSC. I offer private sessions in MSC, and workshops and courses in collaboration with fellow Trained Teacher, Emily Whyte Rubin. You can learn more about our upcoming offerings by visiting our Offerings in MSC page. MSC draws from Buddhist wisdom and practices centered on awareness and compassion.
“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now, without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”
One definition of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn: “To pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and without judgement.”A core component of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, mindfulness is also a practice in it’s own right. Practicing mindfulness can provide a sense of grounding, evenness and balance to notice difficult feelings and experiences, and ease as we delight in the ordinary details of life.
I have trained in mindfulness through my graduate studies, previous work as a counselor, and through the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR), based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn. The MBSR program takes a secular approach to practices originating from Buddhism.
Yoga for Self-Compassion
Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life. -B.K.S Iyengar
My approach to teaching and practicing yoga is through the lens of compassion, awareness and healing. Yoga offers an opportunity to listen deeply to our minds, bodies and hearts, to heal with movement and breath, and to play with embodying mindfulness and self-compassion.
I completed a 200-hour vinyasa yoga certification with Rolf Gates in 2010, and the philosophical underpinnings were grounded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a translation of a text written by an Indian sage who documented and organized the knowledge practices of yoga. I have also trained in trauma-informed yoga and have personally benefitted from healing from trauma through deepening my yoga practice.
“A well-designed life is a life that is generative—it is constantly creative, productive, changing, evolving, and there is always the possibility of surprise.”
― Bill Burnett
Life Design provides a creative framework to intentionally design a life and career that is meaningful and engaging for you. This framework has been hugely beneficial in my own life by providing tangible, practical (even fun!) approaches to trying out the things I dream up. Bias to action and learning through experience are at the heart of the framework. I infuse design-thinking into private sessions, workshops and courses, where appropriate.
I also offer Life Design coaching and design-thinking workshops in collaboration with my good colleagues at Fieldbrook Advising. You can learn more about our Life Design offerings by visiting the Fieldbrook page.