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Class Series, Mindful Self-Compassion with Jennifer Stanley

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until May 29, 2020

One event on May 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

8-week class series

Fridays, April 10 – May 29

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Half-Day Retreat

May 9th: 9am – 1:30pm

We are pleased to offer the class series: Mindful Self-Compassion.  Brought to you by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and lead by Jennifer Stanley.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed by Kristin Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D.  It builds our capacity to be present in the face of our suffering much like we would for a beloved friend.  It cultivates a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption.

Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to really see ourselves, acknowledge unmet needs, motivate ourselves with kindness and to be fully human.  Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves.  Meditation experience is not required.

Program activities include: meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices.  The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves.  The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities.  The retreat portion of the series is a powerful opportunity for participants to practice and deepen their experience of mindful self-compassion.

Upon completion, participants should be able to: respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness; begin to transform difficult relationships, old and new, through self-validation; motivate themselves with encouragement rather than self-criticism; relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance; and teach simple self-compassion practices to patients, students, or clients.

For further information, visit www.self-compassion.org (Kristin Neff) where you can listen to talks, review MSC research, and “Test how self-compassionate you are.”

Other sites include www.centerformsc.org and www.mindfulselfcompassion.org (Chris Germer).

Teacher: Jennifer Stanley began her meditation practice in 1986 while living in Michigan, and began attending IMCW in 2000.  She has attended many residential retreats with IMCW, the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  She is a graduate of the two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute (MTTI) program.

Jennifer’s graduate training was in ecological/community psychology and she spent many years as a public health systems researcher.  Her passionate love of the Dharma led her to pursue videography as a way to share the teachings of compassion, loving-kindness, and inner freedom.  She is the producer of the online video project, “Finding True Refuge.”

Fees: sliding scale fee, please visit the link below for details.

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Devon Price