Self-Compassion has 4 components. First, self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a good friend we care about. Second it involves Mindfulness; turning with loving awareness toward difficult experiences. Third, Self-compassion involves nurturing authentic connections with others. Fourth, self-compassion includes fierce compassion where we protect what is dear and truthful in ourselves and others.
Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves and others, self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves and others as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to be at peace and happy.
This workshop will provide simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way whenever we are experiencing painful emotions. Through discussion, meditation, and experiential exercises, you will gain practical skills to help bring self-compassion into your daily life. Practices will also be introduced to help ease stress for caregivers.
Specific Learning Objectives
• Identify the three key components of self-compassion and how it is practiced in daily life
• Describe key research that supports the benefits of self-compassion;
• Practice techniques to increase self-compassion in everyday life;
• Motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism; and
• Understand the role of self-compassion in successful and conflictual relationships.
• No prior mindfulness experience required.
• Deadline for registration: 3 days before event – January 30
• Payment either through Western Union OMT/BoB or at Soul Spa
Fees for workshop: $60
Facilitators: Samar Zebian (Ph.D) & Nadine Saidi (MA.)
Kindred companions, Samar Zebian and Nadine Saidi are quite thrilled and grateful to be able to teach together as they want to extend the camaraderie, love and fun they have in their friendship to you.
*Samar Zebian received her doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Cognitive Science from Western University in Canada. She received the International Triandis Award for her research on how culture affects brain
and cognitive processes. Upon graduation she moved back to Lebanon and worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor, and Program Director in the Psychology Departments at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University for 17 years.
In 2017 Samar transitioned into a second career in well-being and mental health. Currently her research concerns the physical and mental health benefits of forest bathing and the therapeutic benefits of compassion as well as the use of theatre arts to support mental well-being. She is a solution focused brief therapist/practitioner and a therapeutic mentor, as well as a Mindful Self-Compassion trainer. Samar is co-founder and co-creative director of Beit Insan.
*Nadine Saidi received a masters degree and diploma in counseling and psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Edinburgh. In
Edinburgh, Nadine worked as a therapist at the University of Edinburgh and a well-known counseling center simultaneously.
Nadine, since being back in Lebanon, has worked in first a prominent rehab center in Lebanon as a therapist, and helped build a therapeutic infrastructure that centered around the person. She then moved on to seeing clients privately as she felt she had more control over the ethical environment and structure. She is also working with Caritas on a staff self-care in the work environment initiative, and taking the lead on bringing staff well-being to the forefront of our work. Along with being a co-founder, she is a therapist and co-creative director of the well-being services at Beit Insan.
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