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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Although Mindfulness and Compassion are inherently linked there is growing research that we can also learn how to be more 
self-compassionate with specific practices.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion. It can be learned by anyone and being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

The three key components of self-compassion are: Kindness - this opens our hearts to difficulty, so that we can give ourselves what we need.
Common Humanity - this opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know that we are not alone.
Mindfulness - this opens us to the present moment, so that we can accept our experience with great ease.

We may all be familiar with an inner voice inside our own minds that can be very critical towards us - some call this the "inner critic"......self-compassion can help us to move away from this voice and find ways to be kinder, more nourishing towards ourselves as well as to others.
"Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity.  
Self-compassion involves  responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we're hurting." (Germer and Neff).
Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise.

Learning how to be more selfcompassionate can help you to:
  • stop being so hard on yourself
  • learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • motivate yourself with encouragement rather than with the inner critic
  • how to become your own best teacher, inner friend.

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