General education in and discussion of the basics of mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion and the deeply practical benefits.
Guided instruction in, and practice and discussion of several contemplative practices that cultivate mindfulness and compassion, including Compassionate Body Scan meditation, Affectionate Breathing, Loving-Kindness for Ourselves, and Giving and Receiving Compassion.
Clinical research shows that mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion practice helps you:
• Feel more present, aware and focused.
• Be more compassionate with self and others.
• Cultivate an increased sense of well-being.
• Reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
• Increase accepting thoughts about self, forgiveness of self.
• Increase optimism, curiosity, personal initiative, motivation, life satisfaction, emotional connection with others.
Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat and cushion if you have one. (All practices may also be done on a chair if that is better for you.)
This class is not intended to be or take the place of psychotherapy or counseling.
Kay Colbert, Kay Colbert, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker in Dallas with a long-term personal meditation and yoga practice. Mindfulness has been transformational for her both professionally and personally. Kay has 300 hours of training in teaching Mindfulness-Based Programs through the University of California San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness, including trainings in MSC with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.
Alfie Wishart, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, in private practice in Dallas, Texas. Alfie has had many years of training and personal practice in meditation in the Sufi, Native American, Christian, and Buddhist traditions. Alfie is currently training to be an MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) teacher and has extensive experience with mindfulness and meditation.