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About Mindful Self-Compassion


  • Mindful self-compassion is a critical skill for emotional healing and resilience. It is being aware in the present moment (mindfulness) when we're struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress, and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). The training program was developed by Kristin Neff, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion, and Christopher Germer, PhD, who, together five years ago, cofounded the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. 
  • Mindful self-compassion means holding difficult emotions, such as fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—as well as ourselves—in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives. It can be learned by anyone.

Why Enroll in MSC?


  • Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you need it most? All that’s required is a shift in our attention—recognizing that you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion without fear of over-indulgence. Consider:
  • Do you have difficulty treating yourself with kindness when things are not going the way you’d hoped? Do you hear a harsh inner critic?
  • Do you find yourself trying to please others all the time, often feeling guilty, afraid and ashamed? Wishing you could break out? Or have something you wish you could do, but are afraid you’ll fail?
  • Do you have trouble staying in the moment and find yourself carried away by what could happen? Or ruminating about things that have already happened?
  • Do you feel like there is something wrong with you? That somehow you are flawed and not worthy of love and belonging?
  • Do you wish you could be more grounded and capable when other people are having a difficult time, or when they aren’t treating you well? Do you feel overwhelmed by the needs of others?
  • Randomized controlled studies indicate that MSC Training significantly increases self-compassion, compassion for others, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and well-being, as well as decreases depression, anxiety, and stress.

MSC Courses are Happening in Tampa Bay. Reserve Today


  • The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course meets for 2.5 hours once per week for 9 weeks, with a 4 hour mini-retreat in week five. This program includes lecture, discussion, and group activities, with exercises that, in practice, teach:
  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater skill
  • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • Graduates are invited for post-training monthly drop-in sessions for meditation and group discussion at Compassionate Tampa Bay, as well as an online meeting group

CTB Director Brett Cobb has completed Teacher Training in Mindful Self-Compassion, a program of the Center for Mindful-Self Compassion.

Next Series Begins Tuesday, January 15

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