In June 2023, something truly special took place at the Marina Village Conference Center, as 31 participants came together for the first in-person Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive since the pandemic. The event, held in a picturesque location just minutes away from the open waters of the Pacific, was led by the experienced CFM teachers Megan Prager and Noriko Morita Harth, with the invaluable support of Hyun-Chung (Helen) Kim as a Mental Health Assistant.
"At long last, a self-compassion training for teens! This delightful, innovative program captures the essence of self-compassion for an age group that needs it the most. Wholeheartedly recommended!”
- Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
Imagine a flowering plant. A baking cake. A rising stock price. A healing wound. Time passing can be a beautiful thing.
When asked what gets in the way of consistently performing at their best, most people can easily identify obstacles such as time, energy, scheduling conflicts, and distractions. These can indeed be areas that need focus but what I’ve found in my coaching practice is that most of our real obstacles are internal. Another way to say this is, our greatest obstacle to peak performance is often ourselves.
Even at work, caring and compassionate relationships matter. Especially at work, it turns out. According to the American Time Use Survey, we spend an average 8.7 hours of every day at work (averaged over all 7 days each week), more than any other single time-use component. This means that if we’re miserable at work, it makes a huge impact on the overall quality of our lives.