What would it be like to treat yourself with the same kindness that you would give to a friend? Join clinical psychologist and expert mindfulness and compassion teacher Kathleen Cator as we explore how cultivating skills in self-compassion can help us experience a sense of safety, calm and acceptance of ourselves and others.
Cultivating self-compassion in a competitive world can be a difficult task. While our high standards for ourselves may stem from the desire to continually improve and be the best we can, when we fall short of our own expectations we judge ourselves; interpreting our feelings as signs that we are less capable or worthy than other people. There is a growing body of research that highlights the importance of including yourself in your circle of kindness and compassion. This research shows that people with higher levels of self-compassion will experience greater physical and mental health and more satisfaction in their relationships.
In this 3-hour workshop we will be guided through a series of exercises and discussions designed to cultivate self-compassion. These include experiential activities such as guided meditation practices, facilitated enquiry based discussion and reflective written exercises. We will draw on leading ideas from psychology, neuroscience and philosophy and leave with a range of practical skills to continue to develop our self-compassion.
In this 3-hour workshop you will learn:
Discover biases and fears about self-compassion;
Understand how self-compassion enhances wellbeing and personal effectiveness;
Explore and learn how to better manage difficult emotions;
Practice the art of gratitude and self-appreciation;
Integrate practical, simple self-compassion skills into daily life.
No prior experience in mindfulness meditation is required.
TIMETABLE - Sat 9 February
9.45am Tea & welcome
10.00am Workshop Begins
11.45am Break (times vary)
13.15am Workshop Concludes
TIMETABLE - Sun 24 March
12.45pm Afternoon tea & welcome
1.00pm Class begins
2.30pm Break (times vary)
4.00pm Class finishes