- February 18, 2017
- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103
In a culture of endless striving and cutthroat competition, self compassion might feel like a luxury we can't afford. The truth is we can't afford to be without it. Research has shown that self compassion leads to healthy habits, lowers anxiety and depression, and supports more satisfying relationships.
Self compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, as we would a close friend or loved one. Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves, self compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with greater ease when encountered with the inevitable struggles of life. Most of us feel compassion when someone we are close to is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention from yourself when you needed it the most?
This workshop provides simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises participants gain practical skills to help bring self compassion into their daily lives. Learn how to stop being so hard on yourself and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. Motivate yourself and interact with others from a place of kindness rather than criticism. This workshop is relevant for the general public as well as for practicing mental health professionals and includes practices to help ease stress in caregivers.
Kristin Neff, PhD, received her doctorate in Human Development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997. She is currently an Associate Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion over a decade ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion, released by William Morrow in 2011. Kristin's work has received extensive media coverage, including the New York Times, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Reader's Digest, and Psychology Today. She offers workshops on self-compassion worldwide, and has developed an eight-week program to help people learn to be more self-compassionate in daily life. Information on self compassion—including videos, guided meditations, exercises, research articles, and a way to test your own self compassion level—is available on her website. Kristin is also featured in the bestselling book and award-winning documentary The Horse Boy, which chronicles her family's journey to Mongolia where they trekked on horseback to find healing for her autistic son.