Join our Online Mindful Self-Compassion programs to find inner strengths, to find the friend within. Learn practices you can integrate in your busy day, for more well-being, resilience and satisfying relationships, to live a happier and fulfilling life.
Live Online Mindfulness and Self-Compassion programs targeting professionals who wish to cultivate mindful self-compassion for better self-care to promote resilience and better engagement in their professional and personal lives .
Our psychologist offer Online counselling and supervision Our psychologist is board approved to provide clinical supervision for psychologists, social workers, counsellors and other health professionals in compassion-focused approaches.
You are welcome to join us for Free Online Mindfulness and Self-Compassion practice sessions where you will be guided to meet challenges with calm, balance and self-kindness to access inner strengths.
“Unlike self-criticism which asks if you’re good enough, self-compassion asks what’s good for you?”-Kristin Neff
The power of being kind to ourselves
Mindful Self-Compassion is an empirically validated approach to reduce stress, burnout, anxiety and depression, while increasing resilience, well-being and better relationships. They consist of short and easy mindfulness and self-compassion practices to use in your everyday life, to calm and soothe, to promote balance, confidence, performance and satisfying relationships.
Self-compassion is good for yourself and others
The practice of compassion can have wonderful benefits. Like the ripple created by throwing a pebble in a pond, one act of self-compassion can have a ripple effect that benefits yourself and others.
Does your compassion include yourself?
Many of us realize that when our compassion does not include our self it is not sustaining, and we risk burnout. We offer support, understanding and patience to our friends (or clients, patients, customers) when they make a mistake or experience difficulties. We acknowledge and validate their feelings; we support and encourage to help them to feel stronger, so they heal or be more confident to overcome their challenges. We forgive many people for many things, but not our shortcomings. We have unrealistic expectations of ourselves and when we fail from our high standard, we criticise ourselves harshly hoping for a better performance which may or may not come. Depriving ourselves of our own compassion makes us more needy, lonely and vulnerable. The practise of compassion is a super strength where we become self-sufficient, with an open heart that is sustaining ourselves, where we feel more connected and engaged.
Making peace with the inner critic
Our inner criticism can sabotage our best efforts, contributing to our anxiety and depression. The harsh inner critic makes our life unduly difficult for ourselves. Harsh unrelenting self-criticism is debilitating. The constant judgements and criticisms contributes to increased difficult emotions, causing us to be unable to respond skilfully or to learn from our experience. We can make peace with our harsh inner voice, to find a friend within, our compassionate inner voice. When we make peace with our inner critic, we become our own best coach; we learn to motivate, to improve ourselves, not out of fear or anger but because we care, and we know our goodness and worth.
Better relationships at home and in the workplace
In this program, you will learn ways to foster a positive relationship with yourself as well as with others, at home and at work. You will explore how to be a better partner, better parent but also how to be a more effective carer, co-worker, manager and leader in the workplace. Health professionals find new resilience to prevent burnout and caregiver fatigue. When we become more self-compassionate, the people around us also gain. We become more understanding and compassionate with others. Everyone benefits!
Mindfulness + Self-Compassion
Mindful Self-Compassion combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing and happiness. Mindfully we turn with awareness and acceptance toward a difficult experience (emotions, sensations, thoughts), to then attend to ourselves with self-compassion, bringing caring attention to ourselves and our needs. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion create a powerful mindset where we find inner strengths and courage. Mindfulness and self-compassion promote emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to accept ourselves as we are, to build on our resources, to engage in better self-care, to motivate ourselves with encouragement, while we are caring for others.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion aim to:
What is self-compassion?
Self-compassion defined by Kristin Neff consist of three elements. First treating ourselves with kindness rather than with harsh self-judgments, where we are understanding and supportive. Instead of harshly criticising or shaming ourselves, we accept our shortcomings, so we can learn better from our experiences. We are aware of our common humanity. As a human being, we all make mistakes, we all struggle, life is difficult for everyone. We are not alone in our hardships.
Your most important relationship is with yourself
When we have a good friend to support us to the core, we are happier and stronger. When the friend is within this is even more true. In mindful self-compassion, we learn to become our own best friend by being kind to ourselves in bad and good times, in sickness and in health, when we make mistakes and when we succeed. We are in a relationship with ourselves for the rest of our lives, so we cultivate it to make it a good one!
Is Mindful Self-Compassion effective?
In the last ten years, research has shown that self-compassion promotes psychological and physical well-being. When we practice self-compassion, we are less anxious, depressed or lonely. We experience greater social connectedness, optimism, emotional intelligence, happiness, resilience, better relationships and overall life satisfaction. Being compassionate to our self helps us to carry this compassion towards others, so we can have more healthy and balanced relationships.
Cultivating self-compassion does not require more time
We all have the capacity to learn self-compassion by cultivating new patterns of thoughts which initially takes an effort, but gradually will become easier and save us time. We focus on what is working in our lives and let go of what is not.
Can anyone cultivate self-compassion?
Self-compassion is a specific kind of self-love. This may sound weird for some and maybe especially difficult to conceive if you were raised in critical, abusive, neglectful or unloving homes, where kindness and compassion were conditional or non-existent. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even if you did not receive enough affection in childhood or you find it embarrassing to be kind to yourself. It is a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the tension that we cause ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, and self-rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, and respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human (Kristin Neff and Chris Germer).
Self-Compassion is healing to our core as we learn to re-parent ourselves
The art of self-compassion is to transform our fears, hurts and resistances. We are finding new inner resources as we learn to re-parent ourselves to find a more secure attachment within. We gradually let in, our own care and affection, to provide inner safety, to heal our emotional difficulties. We learn to respond to our suffering like a good parent would, the parent we wish we would have had. Self-compassion is healing us at the core. It is not therapy, but can it can be very therapeutic.
Can we have too much self-compassion?
Self-compassion should not be confused with self-pity, self-indulgence, weakness, arrogance, or narcissism. Self-compassion involves acknowledging our suffering, faults, and mistakes and responding with kindness, caring, and understanding, so we can better problem solve and meet challenges with courage. Rather than criticizing our self harshly for making a mistake or indulge in pity when we fail, we can adopt a kind but realistic view of our experience. We find a healthy balance between self-acceptance and self-improvement.
Who is it for?
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training programs are for everyone, but they have been especially popular among professionals such as school teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, medical practitioners, lawyers, occupational therapists, mindfulness/yoga teachers, coaches, managers, students as well as public servants and military/defence personnel. We welcome anyone who wishes to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their personal life as well as in their work.
We target a wide variety of professionals in our workshops and use a broad definition. Professionals are defined as anyone who is employed in some capacity to help others, such as in the health, medical, welfare, wellness, legal, business, defence, or environmental sectors. Students are also welcome and can apply for discounts.
We have seen how much this program help professionals in every field, by improving their relationships (with clients, patients, consumers, students and colleagues) as well as alleviate empathetic distress, fatigue and burnout, while increasing their resilience, satisfaction and well being.
Highly Qualified and Experienced Teachers, leaders in Australia in teaching mindfulness and self-compassion
Our main presenters Marie Bloomfield, Psychologist and John Julian, Social Worker, are highly experienced, certified mindful self-compassion teachers who have received extensive specific teaching training in mindfulness and self-compassion programs by the founders of the Mindful Self-Compassion program: Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff, Steve Hickman and others. John and Marie are health professionals with 40 years each of extensive experience in mental health in the public, corporate, academic and private sectors.
What is Mindful Self-Compassion training?
Mindful Self-Compassion is a program empirically validated, co-created in 2010 by two brilliant psychologists, leaders in the field of mindfulness and self-compassion: Dr Chis Germer and Dr Kristin Neff. This groundbreaking program is built from the findings of the last 30 years of research in mindfulness (including Mindfulness-based Stress-Reduction), self-compassion and neuroscience.
Mindful Self-Compassion presents psychological tools in mindfulness and self-compassion. Most of the tools take only a few seconds to a few minutes to practice, aiming to ease the stress and difficult emotions in our daily activities. The program also includes guided meditation to better train our mind to be present and compassionate.
Previous experience in meditation is not required. We encourage and support taking time to meditate regularly, but we also understand that it may be difficult for some. The main focus is on applying the practices during the day when you need them.
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
A Certificate of attendance will be provided for the number of hours attended to everyone including professionals requiring evidence of Continued Professional Development training (CPD), such as psychologists, social workers, teachers, medical practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapist etc.
MindfulPath is committed to offering mindfulness and self-compassion training programs, live Online courses, retreats and workshops at an affordable price in the Gold Coast, Canberra, Sydney and elsewhere in Australia.
Concessions and discounts
Learning mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion can benefit everyone. Therefore, we would like to make the course available to everyone. We don't want finances to be an obstacle to your participation in this program. We are open to discuss income-based reduction fees. For each workshop, there is a limited number of concessions and scholarships available for students and others involved in the educational, welfare, health and medical sectors. If you would like to discuss these options further, please contact us via email.
Mindful self-compassion programs are not therapy
The Mindful Self-Compassion programs are educational and do not replace psychological and medical treatments or therapy.
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