One of the first, if not the very first, lesson I had to learn in my healing journey was about compassion. I'd thought I understood what compassion meant–what it looked and felt like–until someone challenged me and my long held beliefs. I went on to learn more about compassion than I'd thought possible and to be challenged by it from different points of view. What I learned changed my life. Now I understand compassion as the foundation to healing work. And self-compassion is the precursor to living life with more freedom, to thriving in my relationship with myself and with others. Having more compassion for myself, however, is not a "one and done," not an item I can put on and then check off my To-do List. I want and need to continue my learning. Would you like to join me?
What you could win: Free tuition to the 4 week self-compassion class to be taught byBrené Brown and Kristin Neff on Brené's CourageWorks website. The course opens May 16, 2016 and all four lessons will be available at once and can be completed at your own pace.
To ENTER: It's easy. Leave a message here (below in the comment section), or send me a PM (on Facebook or via email) of at least a few sentences but no more than 500 words: Why do you want or need to learn more about self-compassion? How do you think the knowledge will help you?
Entries must be received by Friday, May 13, 2016 5:00pm PT. I will choose one winner from the entries submitted. The winner is at my sole discretion based on entries received. I will contact the winner directly by Sunday, May 15. The "cost" of winning is to participate in 1 or 2 brief posts here, written together with me, about what we're learning and how it helps.
Here is the class description from the Courage Works website: (or click here)
SELF-COMPASSION WITH KRISTIN NEFF & BRENÉ BROWN
Why are we so often our own harshest, coldest, and cruelest critic? Self-compassion, learning to calm our inner critic, is central to living a brave life as a partner, friend, parent, and leader. The Self-Compassion workshop combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. This four-lesson online workshop, co-facilitated by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Brené Brown, provides valuable tools that can help you integrate self-compassion into your daily life. Together, we will walk through exercises that teach us to be compassionate and kind not only to others in their times of struggle, but also to ourselves.
Specific goals of the workshop include:
• Understanding why we habitually criticize ourselves rather than support ourselves
• Understanding the impact of our self-critical voice and how to acknowledge it then learn from it
• Understanding how your misgivings about self-compassion may prevent you from practicing it
• Learning and practicing three strategies to work with difficult emotions
The course opens May 16, 2016 and all four lessons will be available at once and can be completed at your own pace.
There are no prerequisites for this workshop. If you've already taken the Living Brave Semester and are interested in learning more about self-compassion, this is a great way to develop a self-compassion practice in a more focused way.
Recommended readings may be purchased separately. They are not required.
• Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
• The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
Course is co-facilitated by Kristin Neff & Brené Brown