Retired UCC Minister Rev. Nancy DeNero will offer a 9-week training on Mindful Self-Compassion with colleague Julie Langhorne, MSW on Saturday mornings, 9 am–noon, in Loper Chapel during March and April.
Mindful Self-Compassion is an empirically tested protocol that increases one’s sense of well-being, decreases isolation and reduces depression and anxiety. No experience in meditation required.
The monthly sessions will take place from 9 am to noon (unless otherwise indicated) on these dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 (or another date mutually agreed up by participants, since this is Easter weekend), April 7 (9 am – 1 pm Silent Retreat), 14, 21 & 28.
Voluntary donations of $15 weekly, $125 for the full series, go to First Church.
This is what Nancy writes about her own experience with the practice:
It’s hard to keep New Year’s resolutions! is year, I resolved to exercise more. But, I also did something new. I used some Mindful Self-Compassion. I listened, without judgment, to two inner voices that trip me up: the Critical Voice and the Indulgent one.
The Critical Voice, holdover from my childhood, said, “You never follow through. You’re just no good at New Year’s resolutions. What’s wrong with you?” (Sound familiar?)
The Indulgent Voice said, “You don’t have time. You don’t like to exercise. It won’t make any difference if you do more. Relaaaax!” (Ever heard that one?)
Then I invited my practiced Self-Compassionate Voice to speak: “I hear both sides,” she said. “They want to motivate you or protect you from failure—good intentions, for sure. But, I also want what is good for you, Nancy: joy, wellbeing, connection with your body. I love you, Nancy; you are worth it. I’m with you as you succeed, and as you have set-backs.” (How empowering!)And for the month of January, I am exercising more! If you seek to make positive changes in your life, join me for the free sample and the 9-week series.
To sign up, or ask questions, contact Rev. Nancy DeNero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Nancy DeNero