This event finished on 10 November 2016.
- Instructor: Mary O'Callaghan.
- Cost: €350.
Mindful Self-Compassion Eight Week Programme
Learn to develop a compassionate relationship with yourself and others
While many of us would be quick to complain about being treated harshly by a loved one, friend or colleague, the reality is that we tend to treat ourselves in ways we would never treat anyone else. When things go wrong for us, how quickly we use expressions of self-blame such as ‘what’s the matter with me?’ or ‘what have I done now?’ or ‘there I go again’! This habit of negative and critical self-talk is undermining, unproductive and stressful.
Mindful self-compassion helps us, first to recognise these habits as they arise (mindfulness) and then to let go of our harshness towards ourselves and, instead, to develop understanding, tenderness and kindness (self-compassion).
Who would benefit from the programme?
The programme is for anyone who has some previous experience of mindfulness and who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others.
The weekly class includes meditations, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion. Because MSC is a training programme there is a commitment, not only to the weekly class, but also to home practice of approximately 20 to 30 minutes per day. If you are considering this programme it is important to build this time into your schedule.
After engaging in this programme you will be able to:
- Practise self-compassion in daily life
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Transform challenging relationships, old and new
- Manage caregiver fatigue
- Practise the art of savouring and self-appreciation
Participants are invited to attend a half-day retreat on Sunday, November 13, from 10.00am to 2.00pm as part of the course.
A deposit of €100 is required to secure your place - this can be paid by either cheque or cash to the Oscailt office or over the phone by card. Deposits are refundable up to one week before the course commences. No refunds are available once the course has started. Early booking is recommended as spaces are limited.
MSC Trainer Mary O’Callaghan
Mary O’Callaghan, MA, ECP, is the director of Oscailt. As well as being an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor, Mary has been teaching mindfulness for the last ten years and has been exploring meditation practices for over thirty years. During that time she spent eight years living as a Buddhist nun and underwent intensive training in Eastern psychology and meditation.