Circles of Practice
Free daily, live online 45-minute teaching and meditation sessions
The Circle of Practice Public Offering is a free, online, live program offered by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). There are 3 of them every day of the week, and they last for about 45 minutes. The host is a volunteer who is trained in teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, and these sessions are for anyone who is interested in exploring the idea of self-compassion. I usually host a couple of every week—there are lots of other teachers that do this so you can learn from people from around the globe.
Each session usually starts with a brief arriving practice—called a Soft Landing in MSC. Then the host gives a 5–10-minute talk on various subjects like cultivating self-compassion or working with the inner critic. Then there is a 20–25-minute guided meditation that is usually drawn from the MSC course. Finally, if there is time, there is a chance for participants to share their experience of the practice.
You can check it out with camera off—there is no need to actively participate in any way. It will give you a chance to experience self-compassion with like-minded people from all over. It is a great way to feel connected to others as you do your daily meditation.
The sessions are offered at 8 am, 10 am and 7 pm Eastern time—every day. Sometimes no one is available to host the session, so participants will often listen to a recorded guided meditation together. These meditations are also available for free on the CMSC website.
To sign up you need to register at the CMSC Circle of Practice website, or use the button below. They will ask you about your preferred time, but it really doesn’t make any difference. Once you register you will get the link to attend any session.
This is a great way to get an idea of what self-compassion practices are like, and you don’t need to leave your home or even get gussied up for the camera! Just drop in as you wish—3 times a day…
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