Strengthening Your Inner Champion With Self Compassion

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others?

Would you like to feel more at home and at peace with yourself?

Would you like to strengthen your inner champion?

It is possible with a mindfulness and self compassion practice!

This 6 week group for all genders will help you learn skills in mindfulness and self compassion to help you strengthen your inner champion. We explore through short talks, experiential exercises, guided meditation, group discussion, and home practices. Take time to learn how to be more gentle and kind with yourself.

This group combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional well being.

Mindfulness is the first step—turning with loving awareness toward difficult experience (thoughts, emotions, and sensations). Self-compassion comes next—bringing loving awareness to ourselves. Together, mindfulness and self-compassion comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same kindness and compassion that you give to others when you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate? All that’s required is a simple U-turn—including yourself in the circle of your compassion.  Self-compassion is essentially a humble enterprise.

Self-compassion involves the capacity to soothe, comfort, and validate ourselves, as well as to protect, provide for and motivate ourselves, when things go wrong in our lives.  It is learned, in part, by connecting with our natural compassion for others. Learning how to be self-compassionate also helps us sustain and expand our compassion for others.

Numerous research studies show that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well being, coping with life challenges, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. It is an inner strength that enables us to be more fully human—more fully ourselves.

Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by anyone.

The group could be a good fit for individuals who have difficulty self-soothing, are hard on themselves, struggle with self-criticism/ shame/guilt/worthlessness, engage in avoidance, or feel alone in their suffering.

This is not a therapy group, although using the practices can be very therapeutic. It is a psychoeducational and experiential group in which you learn information on mindfulness and compassion and practice it in the group.

**New Group will start Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2- 4pm**

Group dates will be on Sunday afternoons- January 26, February 2, February 16, February 23, March 1, and March 8
(No group February 9 )

Location: Relationships Matter Austin
4131 Spicewood Springs, Road, Bldg. F, Suite 1, Austin, Texas 78759

**Early Bird Special: Sign Up by January 12 and receive $50 off!**

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this group best for?

This group is for those who struggle with that critical inner voice. You might find yourself comparing yourself to others and feeling like you just don’t measure up. You may experience that when you try to slow down that you have racing thoughts and worries which make it hard to relax or go to sleep. In this group, you’ll learn ways to relax and develop more compassion for yourself. We are with ourselves all the time and we are often more compassionate with others than ourselves. We will learn to treat ourselves with kindness and understanding.

Is this a therapy group?

No, this group is not a therapy group. It is a psychoeducational and experiential group. This group provides education and information on mindfulness and self compassion through interactive activities and experiences which allow you to practice in a safe and distraction free space and then apply it to your daily life.

I don’t have a meditation practice. Are we going to be sitting in silence for long periods of time?

You don’t need to have a meditation practice to participate in this group. I can hear the fear and anxiety about having to sit in silence for long periods of time. The good news is we don’t do that in this group. You are introduced to shorter guided meditations. Simply put, guided meditation is meditation with the assistance of a guide. You will be guided through relaxing visualizations designed to help your mind focus, reduce tension, and promote stress relief. It is especially helpful for people who have racing thoughts, anxiety, and depression to have something to focus on in order to help your body relax.

I am introverted and feeling ambivalent about joining a group where I don’t know anyone.

I created this group to give those who are highly sensitive and introverted a safe place to come and explore your wisdom. A small group where you can learn ways to be kinder and gentler with yourself as you navigate the stresses in life. There will be private time for reflection and journaling and there is never any pressure to share. We want this to be a comfortable space for you to relax and renew.