Have you ever marveled at how some people manage to bounce right back from challenges in their lives, keep an optimistic attitude, motivate themselves to achieve lofty goals, and stay healthy and happy?
Chances are, there’s a secret ingredient in their lives: self-compassion.
What, exactly, is it?
Hundreds of studies are pointing to self-compassion as one of the most powerful resources for enhancing your emotional well-being. And while we all have this capacity within us, too often we neglect to strengthen and use it when we’re struggling.
In fact, many first-time participants in our course are actually wary about being compassionate to themselves. Why? Because we fear that being too kind to ourselves will make us weak or self-indulgent. Or that we need to be “tough” on ourselves to stay motivated and reach our goals.
In fact, research shows it’s just the opposite:
Since 2010, we’ve tested and continually refined strategies to help people develop self-compassion as a habit—a natural strength that comes to our aid whenever we need it. And guess what? It works. In research studies and in real life.
With The Power of Self-Compassion online course, we’re thrilled to invite you to experience all the core essentials of our work, including live mentoring sessions guided by our senior teachers.
During eight immersive weeks, you’ll learn to:
All of us have to deal with seemingly unbearable situations from time to time. Chances are, you already have.
It’s just part of the human condition.
And that’s when the miracle of self-compassion comes to the rescue: to help you meet inevitable crises and transform your experience through mindful awareness, a sense of common humanity, and self-kindness.
Join us, and let us show you how!
Chris Germer, PhD & Kristin Neff, PhD
Chris Germer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, he is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a cofounder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris teaches internationally on the topics of mindfulness and self-compassion.
Kristin Neff, PhD, is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. A true pioneer in the field, she first identified self-compassion as a measurable trait almost 20 years ago, and today there are almost 2,500 published studies on the benefits of self-compassion. Kristin is a cofounder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches workshops on self-compassion worldwide.
Kristin and Chris will guide you through weekly videos focused on self-compassion concepts, practices, and instructions.
Kristin and Chris will answer your specific questions as they relate to your journey.
Be part of an ongoing online community mentoring group and join weekly community mentoring calls, facilitated by experienced mentors.
Receive lifetime access to all video trainings, guided meditations, workbooks, and bonus materials—the entire course is yours to keep forever.
toward yourself, a foundation for facing life’s many challenges.
when in distress or emotional turmoil.
toward yourself, a foundation for facing life’s many challenges.
with partners, friends, family, and others—by giving yourself what you need.
the wounds of self-criticism, emotional trauma, self-doubt, and shame.
for your children, aging parents, and clients of those in the mental, social, and medical healthcare professions.
The Power of Self-Compassion was designed to help people who desire step-by-step guidance in a program that creates long-term change—with benefits you can feel from the very first session.
In Session One, we learn what self-compassion is, what it is not, and a variety of tools and techniques to bring more of it into our daily lives.
Mindfulness and self-compassion complement each other powerfully. In Session Two, we learn how mindfulness helps us identify the thoughts and perceptions that lead to self-criticism and suffering, and how to work with them.
Session Four explores how to honor, understand, and witness the inner critic. Through a variety of practices, we’ll learn to nurture greater self-acceptance and invite our inner compassionate voice to come forward.
Includes a Live Q&A with Dr. Kristin Neff
In this session, we learn to tap into the unlimited reservoir of compassion within us and all around us. We also take a deep dive into the unexpected benefits of suffering, explore our core values, and learn how to fully honor them, to bring more meaning to our lives.
In Session Six, we’ll learn to work with difficult emotions and discover that we can hold all of the good and bad that life has to offer us. We’ll engage many practical tools to work with these feelings in the moment, as they arise.
Includes a Live Q&A with Dr. Chris Germer
To sustain our self-compassion day-to-day, joy and happiness are essential. In this final session of the course, we focus on cultivating these resources, while learning to fully embrace our lives and ourselves in the process.
June 3, 2020 with Kristin Neff
June 24, 2020 with Chris Germer
Be Part of an Ongoing Online Community Group and Learn from Experienced Mentors
Every participant in The Power of Self-Compassion will receive steady and compassionate support from a community of experienced mentors, personally selected by Chris and Kristin. Each week, you’ll be able to bring your questions, struggles, realizations, and other experiences to our online community mentoring calls. Calls are offered multiple days and times each week, so you can select from a variety of times that suit your availability. You’re invited to participate in as many calls during the duration of the course as you’d like, to further deepen your understanding of the material and apply it to your life.
Men, more often than women, see self-compassion as a weakness. Yet again and again, the opposite turns out to be true. For example, in a recent study, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with high self-compassion were much less likely to suffer PTSD symptoms—regardless of the severity of their combat experiences. In this video intensive, Chris guides us through principles and practices tailored to help men gain the proven benefits of self-compassion: higher motivation, drive, courage, and resilience in the face of setbacks.
Research shows that how physically attractive we believe ourselves to be deeply influences our sense of self-worth. And that for women, it is the most powerful determinant. Fortunately, there’s also strong evidence that self-compassion is an excellent antidote to this harmful learned bias. In this bonus video session, Kristin helps us to accept and love our bodies, and to adopt a self-nurturing and healthier relationship with food.
Here’s the perfect “on-the-go” audio companion for your online course, filled with dozens of essential guided meditations and practices taught in The Power of Self-Compassion—plus additional topics, stories, and exercises. The tracks and titles make it easy to find and play your favorites. Add this to your phone or portable music player to enjoy whenever you need some instant “listen anywhere” guidance with Kristin.
1-hour video intensive with Chris Germer, PhD
1.5-hour video intensive with Kristin Neff, PhD
over 6 hours of audio guided meditations, exercises, and teachings with Kristin Neff, PhD. One of our top-rated audio sets!