MSC - mindful self compassion- according to neff + germer

MSC - Mindful Self Compassion Info Evening (Cologne)

Praxi im Hof, Große Telegraphenstr. 50, 50676 Cologne city centre

Thursday,  26. September 2019, 19.00-20.00
Place:  "Praxis im Hof", GroßeTelegraphenstr. 50, 50676 Cologne
admission free

Please call +49 (0)2205 - 8945412 or register online below!

All course dates are subject to change.

MSC - Mindful Self Compassion 8-Week Course (cologne)

Praxi im Hof, Große Telegraphenstr. 50, 50676 Cologne city centre


31. Oktober - 19. Dezember 2019, Thursday evening 19.00 to 21.30

Weekly dates:   31.10. / 07.11. / 14.11. / 21.11. / 28.11. / 05.12. / 12.12. / 19.12.
Compassion Day Retreat: Sunday, 15 December 2019, 10.00 - 16.00  in Rösrath near Cologne
Free information evening: Thursday, 11 April 2019, 19.00 - 20.00 in Cologne, "Praxis im Hof".

Cost: incl. workbook and several Mp3 with guided self-pity exercises: 340 €

All course dates are subject to change.

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Self Compassion asks: "What do I really need ?"

Achtsames Selbstmitgefühl (MSC)
Foto: Volker Kraus /

When you begin to let your heart touch,
then you begin to discover,
that it has no limits,
that this heart is huge, infinite and boundless.
You begin to discover how much warmth and friendliness and
how much space there is....


- Pema Chödrön -

What is MSC ?

MSC (Mindful Self-Compassion) means Mindful Self-Compassion. It is an evidence-based 8-week course specifically designed to learn and experience
Self compassion.

MSC is based on the groundbreaking research of             Dr. Kristin Neff (University of Texas, Austin, USA) and the clinical expertise of Dr. Christopher Germer (Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, USA).

Through self-confidence we learn to face difficult moments in life with kindness, care and understanding.



What does self compassion mean?

Self Compassion (MSC) is a quality that we can't do, but we can make it happen and accompany us in our daily lives.
We learn the ability to be with ourselves and our difficulties in a loving and compassionate way.

Self Compassion is something we have to rediscover.  When we observe small children, we can see that compassion or                     self-compassion is there naturally.
It is a way of getting to cope with life that has been placed in our cradle, so to speak, and which has been obscured again by cultural, educational influences.
We unlearn the natural compassion for ourselves or others and after some time we no longer come in contact with it.

Self Compassion has nothing to do with trying not to face pain or difficult emotions.
Everyone has already experienced having to deal with pain and difficult situations in life.
This is part of life and it is the same for all of us.

Difficult situations are actually a task to learn something about us. Our natural reaction to pain or suffering is to push it away.  This is an impulse that all of us know. We do not want or cannot bear the pain.

Self Compassion lets us be with the pain by learning ways to turn to ourselves, like a child who is sick.

Self Compassion is a basic attitude that we can learn to deal with ourselves and our environment more authentically and lovingly.


What does self compassion do?

Research shows that Self Compassion training strengthens emotional well-being, can reduce stress, anxiety and depression and leads to more life satisfaction.

Self Compassion does not mean to feel sorry for oneself, but to always be at one's side - and thus to encounter life more calmly and openly.

In the MSC Self Compassion 8-week course we try to uncover compassion for ourselves and fellow human     beings again.

We turn to the things that prevent us from being in contact with Self Compassion and learn practices with which we can revive Self Compassion.


Foto: S.Hofschläger /
Foto: S.Hofschläger /

How does the MSC Self Compassion Course work?

An MSC course includes meditations, short lectures, self-awareness exercises, group exchanges and home exercises that give us a direct experience of Self Compassion. Part of the course is a workbook and guided Self Compassion exercises for download.

MSC consists of 8 course evenings of 2 ½ hours each, which take place weekly including a Compassion Day.

We learn:

  •     Applying Self Compassion in Everyday Life
  •     Understand the proven positive effects of self compassion
  •     Motivate yourself with friendliness instead of criticism
  •     Hold stressful feelings with more ease
  •     Transform challenging relationships,
  •     Dealing with fatigue that can arise from caring for others.
  •     Practice the art of enjoyment and self-esteem.

Compassion has a calming and comforting effect, while at the same time it opens us to emotional pain.

Self Compassion asks: What do I really need?

The 3 Stars of Self Compassion

Friendliness with ourselves
Kindness towards ourselves opens our hearts to pain so that we can give ourselves what we need.

Humanity opens us to our basic connectedness with all beings, so that we experience that we are not alone.

Mindfulness opens us to the present moment so that we can accept our experience with more ease. Together, these components manifest themselves in a state of warmly connected presence.

Literature references:

"Self Compassion" Kristin Neff, Kailash Verlag                     "The Mindful Way to Self Love"
 Christopher Germer, Arbor Publishing House

Please note that my offers do not replace medical treatment, but serve for stress management and health support.