Expectations are very high for men in all areas of our lives—health, wealth, love and work. It’s really not possible to do it all—all the time—because we’re only human. What happens when we don’t meet our own high standards, or those of others?
- Do we criticize ourselves in an overly harsh way?
- Do we become our own worst enemy, demanding more and more from ourselves?
- Do we get into conflict with those around us?
- Do we act in regrettable ways—working or drinking too much—but can’t seem to step out of it?
- Are we running ourselves down by our efforts to get it right?
Maybe there is a way to deal with all the expectations in a more constructive and supportive manner? Maybe we can actually thrive in the midst of constant challenges?
Mindfulness and self-compassion are not necessarily qualities that men are taught in childhood. However, these are essentials skills for men to live happy, effective lives. Some men are naturally mindful and self-compassionate. Fortunately, anyone can become more mindful and self-compassionate with specialized training.
Self-compassion—treating oneself with the same kindness and respect as we would treat a good friend—is a powerful inner resource. Burgeoning research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with reduced stress and enhanced wellbeing, and a wide range of other positive factors such as improved relationships; better physical health; stronger immune functioning; healthy lifestyle habits like diet and exercise; decreased anxiety, depression and substance use; enhanced emotional resilience and coping ability; and wisdom.
Self-Compassion for Men
Of course, self-compassion is as important for men as it is for women. Although commonly associated with care and comfort, self-compassion also helps everyone to motivate themselves to succeed in tough situations and find the courage to challenge injustice and protect ourselves and others from harm. Furthermore, self-compassion is an effective way to calm the nervous system when things go wrong and to break out of the cycle of cycle of shame and blame.
This course is the full MSC program. We will also address unique challenges that men face in modern times, such as the need to be strong, courageous and invulnerable as well as open-hearted, collaborative and sympathetic. This program is about men talking to men, and discovering together how to bring more mindfulness and compassion into our daily lives.
In this program, you will learn how to:
- Manage stress with self-compassion
- Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Live life closer to your core values
- Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
- Transform challenging relationships for the better
- Enjoy your life more fully
This is a 5-day experiential workshop focused on the direct experience of mindfulness and self-compassion. At the end of this program, participants will be able to practice 23 different skills that can be tailored to fit the needs and requirements of each individual.
This workshop is intended for men of any background. It is designed primarily for personal growth and development. However, professionals who wish to integrate mindful self-compassion into their work activities are also encouraged to attend. Meditation experience is not required to participate in this program.
- This program fulfills one of the requirements for MSC teacher training—participation in a full MSC program.
- Upon request, participant will receive documentation that they attended this course. You need to attend 80% of the program to receive a certificate.
It is recommended, but not required, that participants read the following two books before participating in MSC:
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer