Mindfulness & Self-Compassion teachers: Dan Tapsell & Sarah Joseph: The Way of a Peaceful Heart
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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
MSC is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the ground-breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practises that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
The three key components of self-compassion are:
- a sense of common humanity,
- and balanced, mindful awareness.
Kindness opens our hearts to suffering*, so we can give ourselves what we need.
Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone.
Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.
Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.
*Suffering is the translation commonly used for the Pali word dukka, but it means something deeper than pain and misery. It refers to a basic dissatisfaction running through our lives.
Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.
After participating in this workshop, you’ll be able to:
- practise self-compassion in daily life
- understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
- motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- transform challenging relationships, old and new
- manage caregiver fatigue
- practise the art of savouring and self-appreciation
What to Expect
Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.
MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.
It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practising self-compassion, MSC teachers are committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.
MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 3 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practise mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. To insure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.
It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer
This program fulfils one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org.
About the Teacher
Dan Tapsell, PgC, CfPAC, MInstLM, LicAc. MBAcC. AKC
Based in Belgravia SW1
Dan has over 30 years mindfulness experience as a Buddhist practitioner in both Zen and Tibetan lineages, training for extended periods under authentic teachers.
Dan has also practiced Taoist Acupuncture for 25 years both privately and within the NHS, and is a qualified Executive Performance Coach, is an Associate of King’s College London and has a postgraduate qualification in Neuroscience and mindfulness and its clinical applications.
Dan’s professional interests include resilience, diversity, disability & inclusion.
Sarah Joseph, Lic Ac MBAcC
Based in Pimlico SW1
Sarah has over 20 years of practising and teaching meditation. She has trained in Buddhist practices in both Tibetan and Japanese lineages.
Sarah has trained to use Mindfulness therapeutically in her Acupuncture practice (British Mindfulness Institute). She has worked for 8 years in both private practice and for hospices in the London area.
Both Dan and Sarah have facilitated the 8-week course, ‘Exploring What Matters’, for the Action for Happiness organisation.