6 Week Self-Compassion Course
This course exceeded my expectations. I found happiness, joy and less isolation in unexpected places and situations!
– Lisa, Course Participant
May 7 - June 11, 2020 from 7-8:30pm
At the Pause Studio | Tuition = $349
Ryan Kenny, LCSW
Mental Health Professional
Ryan is a clinical social worker, mental health therapist and qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor with over twelve years of meditation experience. He holds a masters degree of social work with a focus in mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied neuroscience at the Center For Healthy Minds and trained with the Center for Mindfulness at the UMASS medical school. He has brought mindful awareness into schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and corporate settings as well as to adolescents, seniors, leaders, teachers, veterans, and health professionals in the US.
Welcome to Connection
In the Clarity course, we practiced shifting gears into a more nourishing mode of being and learned how to skillfully relate to difficult thoughts and emotions. In the Connection course, you will deepen your capacity to turn toward emotional turmoil as you transform life’s slings and arrows into a conduit for greater connection to yourself and the world around you.
You will explore how to train your mind to become your greatest ally instead of your worst enemy. You will learn how to navigate your inner barriers to love and connection and discover how to use life’s challenges to open up a deeper sense of emotional resilience and wellbeing within you.
You will experience in-depth practice with loving-kindness meditations that promote a natural sense of connection and satisfaction and compassion-based meditations to soothe and comfort yourself in times of hurt or distress.
You will also learn various dimensions of mindful communication: inwardly, how to let go of self-criticism and motivate yourself with encouragement; and outwardly, how to stay open, engaged, and connected to others while respecting your boundaries.
In this six week course you will learn to:
Cultivate positive mental states through meditation
Compassionately work with your inner critic
Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
Develop a more loving relationship with yourself and others
Transform pain and difficult emotions into sources of empathy and compassion
Communicate mindfully and nurture difficult relationships
Relax the tendencies of the mind that yield anxiety and dissatisfaction
Weave self-compassion into your daily routine
Focus + Calm
Who Can Attend This Course?
This course is open to meditators who have taken either the Focus + Calm course or the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, OR those who have been consistently practicing mindfulness meditation for at least one year.
Develop the mental quality of friendliness
Adapt to stressful situations and adversity without lasting difficulties
Rejoice in the wellbeing of others
Cultivate the heartfelt wish to alleviate or reduce suffering
Establish mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper (especially in difficult situations)
How This Course Can Change Your Life
Through simple daily practices, you will begin to cultivate the following qualities within yourself:
Who Will Benefit From This Course
People who want to deepen their mindfulness practice and learn new meditations to cultivate self-acceptance and unconditional love.
People who are struggling with self-criticism, shame, and guilt.
People who want to develop more fulfilling relationships in their life.
People who are seeking structure and accountability to support them in their practice.
Suitable for ages 18 and older.
People of all backgrounds (this course is accessible and understandable to everyone and applicable to any belief system).
6 educational and experiential 90 minute classes
44 days of ongoing, supported meditation + mindfulness practice
Expert meditation instruction from mental health professional
Custom guided recordings for weekly home practice
Digital workbook of readings and exercises
Ongoing mindfulness coaching + feedback
Community interaction, accountability, and support
You'll Also Receive These Special Bonuses
Total additional value of $140!
PAUSE STUDIO UNLIMITED MEMBERSHIP FOR TWO MONTHS
Value of $98
Meditation is better with pals! Bring up to 3 guests to Pause drop-in classes.
3 GUEST PASSES
Value of $42
"A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life."
- Chris Germer
Connection: The Science
The Influence of Self-Compassion on Cognitive Appraisals and Coping with Stressful Events
Compassion toward oneself is helpful and beneficial in dealing with painful experiences people face. This study found that self-compassion promoted adaptive coping via reduced threat toward and greater controllability of the stressful event. The study also provides additional evidence that cognitive appraisals (threat and controllability) could mediate the influence of self-compassion in stress coping processes.
Compassion training for 30 minutes a day for 14 days creates significant changes in the brain and leads to more prosocial and altruistic behaviors.
The results of this study suggest that compassion can be cultivated with training and that greater altruistic behavior may emerge from increased engagement of neural systems implicated in understanding the suffering of other people, executive and emotional control, and reward processing.
Mindfulness and self-compassion as predictors of psychological wellbeing in long-term meditators.
Mindfulness training has well-documented effects on psychological health. This study's results suggest that increases in both mindfulness and self-compassion may mediate these outcomes. This study investigated cross-sectional relationships between self-reported mindfulness, self-compassion, meditation experience, and psychological wellbeing in 77 experienced meditators and 75 demographically matched nonmeditators. Most mindfulness and self-compassion scores were significantly correlated with meditation experience and psychological wellbeing.
Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood
Perfectionism can exact a high psychological cost on individuals and it can have a significant impact on depression. It also affects the effectiveness of treatments for depression. This study presents evidence from two studies in an adolescent and an adult sample indicating that self-compassion acts as a buffer to the impact of maladaptive perfectionism on depression. Individuals with high levels of maladaptive perfectionism are less likely to experience depressive symptoms in the context of high self-compassion. These findings suggest that treatments that help patients cultivate self-compassion might lead to improvements in treatment outcomes for depression, particularly among perfectionistic individuals.
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