Easing the Wounded Heart: Self-Compassion as the Foundation for Healing

Led by Deirdre Fay, LICSW

Monday, May 13, and
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

9:00 am to 4:40 pm

Self-compassion sounds like a good thing until we practice applying it. It’s especially difficult when there’s underlying suffering that needs healing. Yet, rapidly expanding research demonstrates how self-compassion provides a way to ease the wounded heart and build a foundation for wisdom, strength and courage.

Cultivating self-compassion is the emotional attitude that buffers suffering.  It forms a bridge between attachment theory and traditional meditation, allowing us to be with the pain of life without separation.  We will explore the seven fundamental attachment needs that result in shame, self-criticism, isolation and negative self-talk when things go wrong.

Building the courageous mindset of self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, respond to ourselves and others with care and respect, and be fully human.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who find it embarrassing to be kind to themselves. It’s especially important in psychotherapy to balance out the suffering of life.

This experiential workshop will give you theory and practices to enhance emotional well-being, reduce anxiety and depression, maintain healthy habits and help form better relationships.

You will learn —

  • Practise embodying self-compassion to teach others and offer it to yourself
  • Understand the science of self-compassion
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practise the art of embodying, receiving, savouring and self-appreciation

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Event Detail

May 13, 2019 9:00 am
May 14, 2019 4:40 pm