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:
Frank Baird is a UCLA MARC Certified Mindfulness Facilitator. He has taught mindfulness to corporate staff (at Amgen, Disney, Fox Entertainment, ABC Studios and more), to therapy clients at Kaiser Permanente, and to community members in a variety of settings (including UCLA MARC’s Weekly Community Practice, The Den Meditation, Against the Stream and more). He provides group and individual instruction. He is a Mentor for MARC’s Long Distance Intensive Practice Program. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Learn more about Frank @ www.frankbaird.com
UCLA MARC Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Class refunds requested two weeks or more before the class start date will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. We regret that we cannot give refunds after this date. Refunds should be requested by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us prior to 5pm Friday during the first week of class. Credit must be requested by email (email@example.com) and used by the next class series (i.e. cancellations in the July/Aug series must be used in the the Sept/Oct series).
MARC reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.
No refunds or credits are given to registrant "no-shows".
Postponing a Class: Credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by email prior to 5PM on Friday of the first week of the class series. The future class must be taken immediately following the missed class series. NO EXCEPTIONS (for example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series).
Make-up Class: If you miss a class, you may make up ONE class in any other class at your level during the current series or the series immediately following. In-person classes only. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes.