Although I have been meditating and practicing mindfulness (off and on) since college, it wasn't until I discovered the self-compassion component that everything seemed to click and my practice became regular--and a beautiful part of my creativity.
I've always been an artsy type. I danced from the age of three (though my mother claims I danced before I could walk--yes, like the ABBA song), was super involved in singing and acting, and even took up sewing, quilting, and painting along the way. (Basically, if it involved pretty colors and no math, I was all over it.) But I didn't stop at drama camps for gifted high school kids. I went all the way through college and graduate school in theatre and creative writing--and was totally only a few hours of getting my Equity card when I "retired" from my on-stage career.
What I'm saying is, I'm not just creative, I'm super committed to creativity. I endured years of formal and professional training. (Y'all, you've never been tested until you've had to go before a board at age 20 to see if you could remain in your college program.)
TL; DR As you can guess, all of the rigorous, professional preparation begins to wear on the creative soul, above and beyond the "normal" everyday levels of shame and self-loathing. And that's where MSC transformed things for me.
Now, I can't say I'm now a New York Times Bestselling-Author and have sold 30 million copies of my books since incorporating mindful self-compassion into my daily life. But I can say that I've been happier, healthier, and more genuinely creative than I have in years.
You all deserve to experience this.
To that end, I completed the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive with co-founders Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer in the spring of 2017 in Sedona, AZ. I incorporate the practice within my everyday life--and in workshops on living a creative life--and look forward to completing my teacher training in the future.
If you’d like to know more about MSC, visit The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion or take a look at the following books:
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
- The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
A NOTE: The audio recordings below are intended to guide you through basic practices for mindful self-compassion. They are not intended as therapy--nor should they be a substitute for real, honest soul work. Please feel free to download them for personal use but do not distribute them without permission.