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Fierce Self-Compassion: Taking Action to Alleviate Suffering

November 29, 2023 @ 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Since the publication of Kristin Neff’s ground-breaking book Self-Compassion, there has been a surge of interest in the science and practice of self-compassion, particularly in clinical settings. This has generally focused on the gentle version of self-compassion, which involves “being with” ourselves in a compassionate way.

But self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender.

Fierce self-compassion involves taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate our suffering. It means saying “no” to others who are hurting us – drawing our boundaries firmly. It means giving ourselves what we genuinely need – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – without subordinating our needs to those of others, so we can be authentic and fulfilled.


This unique workshop will teach skills developed by Dr. Neff for her new book Fierce Self-Compassion (appropriate for men and women, clinicians and the general public). You will learn tools to help you draw needed boundaries, and learn how to care for others without being overwhelmed. The program will include a satisfying mix of experiential learning and science-based insights.

Throughout the program, Dr. Neff will reveal how, in order to be truly self-compassionate, we need to balance fierce action with tender self-acceptance. Like a tree with a solid trunk and flexible branches, we need to stand strong while still embracing others as part of an interdependent whole. We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate harm, but we need fierceness in our belly to stand up to harm.

Sponsored by Mission Empowerment



November 29, 2023
12:15 pm - 3:30 pm
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