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UCLA MAPs II: Self-Compassion (6-Week Series)


This class held @ NOW House Mindful Awareness Center

UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) II: Cultivating Self-Compassion six-week course is an excellent introduction to the benefits of self-compassion. In this six-week class, we will explore mindfulness practices to work with self-critical thoughts, and self-compassion practices to nurture kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. This class will include sitting and walking meditation, kindness meditation practices, periods of silence, personal exploration, and discussion to help cultivate and encourage more self-compassion.

“Research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health," says Emma Seppala, Ph.D, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016).

“Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing. We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong. Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude are helping us achieve our goals. We don’t realize that they are actually standing in our way.

“Scientific data shows that self-criticism makes us weaker in the face of failure, more emotional, and less likely to assimilate lessons from our failures. Studies are finding that there is a far better alternative to self-criticism: self-compassion.”

This class will meet on the following days:

  • 3/10/18
  • 3/17/18
  • 3/24/18
  • 3/31/18
  • 4/7/18
  • 4/14/18


Register @ NOW House