Mindful Self-Compassion

Thursdays
January 21st - February 25th
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join Chris Edwards, staff psychologist in Western's Counseling Center, for shared space in cultivating self-compassion and mindfulness.

This gathering each week provides time to slow down, check-in with ourselves, connect with others, and explore mindful self-compassion. Focus will be on the core components of self-compassion including mindfulness, self-kindness, and common humanity. We hope to offer simple practices, opportunities to share, and to be in community with one another.

This is a drop-in series for Western students, staff, and faculty; attend as often or as infrequently as you'd like. This weekly program is open to all people in the Western community and will center the wellness of LGBTQ+ students.

Register for any of the sessions here!
Enroll on Canvas here!

Mindfulness

Thursday, January 21st
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for the first session of the MSC workshop series where we'll discuss pillars of self-compassion and focus our time on an introduction to mindfulness. Share what you do to stay grounded, practice mindfulness, and learn how this relates to self-compassion. Chris will share a bit, invite folks to engage in mini mindfulness exercises, and close with a guided practice.

 

Mindfulness vs. Over-Identification

Thursday, January 28th
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for the second session of the MSC workshop series where we'll continue our exploration of mindfulness with attention to our tendencies towards over-identification. Share observations of mindfulness vs. over-identification in your life and continue to expand your mindfulness practice. Chris will share a bit, invite folks to engage in mini mindfulness exercises, and close with a guided practice.

 

Self-Kindness

Thursday, February 4th
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for week three where we will focus on self-kindness and how to cultivate an inner compassionate voice. We will open with a brief check-in, take time to share with one another, and close with a self-compassion exercise and guided meditation.

 

Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgment

Thursday, February 11th
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for the fourth session of the Mindful Self-Compassion series where we will focus on the topic of self-kindness vs. self-judgment. We will provide opportunities to share in community, examine ways to be kinder to the self, and engage in several guided exercises.

 

Common Humanity

Thursday, February 18th
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for week five of the Mindful Self-Compassion series where the focus will be on the experience of common humanity. We will explore what it feels like to be imperfectly human, to share in the universality of pain and suffering, and find connection through common threads. There will be space to share in community and an invitation to participate in guided self-compassion practices.

 

Common Humanity vs. Isolation

Thursday, February 25th
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Join Chris for the final session of the Mindful Self-Compassion series by leaning into the notion of common humanity vs. isolation. Explore ways to feel more connected in what it means to be human and decrease isolation. There will space to share, practice together, and reflect on how to make self-compassion a sustainable practice.