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August 2018

The Science of Self-Compassion – University of Calgary

August 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend. Rather than making evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad,” self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease.

Led by Dr. Kristin Neff, associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, this talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. Ways to increase self-compassion will also be discussed.

Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical study on self-compassion more than a decade and a half ago.

The University of Calgary

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September 2018

Conversation on Self-Compassion San Francisco

September 21, 2018

When we feel compassion for ourselves and others, we realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection are part of the shared human experience. Leading with self-compassion is the first step toward creating a kinder world. Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you show yourself kindness and understanding when confronted with personal failings—after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

After decades of research, Kristin Neff is an expert on the positive impacts the practice of self-compassion can have on ourselves and our society. Join Kristin to learn more about her research, her life, and how self-compassion can make our world a better place.

Sponsored by California Institute for Integral Studies

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October 2018

The Power of Self-Compassion, Miami

October 11, 2018

Research suggests that self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend – so that we are an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. This lecture will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological wellbeing. Time will be available for questions at the end of this one-hour lecture.

Sponsored by the University of Miami

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Compassion in Connection Conference, Rhinebeck, NY

October 26, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The conference includes presentations about the five empirically supported compassion training programs, a panel discussion on working with specific communities of need and the variations they may require compassion meditation sessions, and more. Professionals can explore different programs and learn what each has to offer. Nonprofessionals can learn more about the field of compassion training, immersing themselves in the breadth and depth of this discipline. Everyone can gain information, new insights, and connections. CE hours available.

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Compassion Research and Next Steps, Rhinebeck NY

October 28, 2018

In October there will be a landmark conference on Omega that brings together the five major empirically supported intervention approaches for teaching compassion – Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Focused Therapy, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living and Cognitively-Based Compassion Training.

Objectives:

• Explore current research on the link between compassion and well-being
• Explore the relationship between compassion and self-compassion
• Explore the most current research on teaching compassion

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February 2019

The Power of Self-Compassion

February 21, 2019

Self-compassion is one of the most powerful sources of coping and resilience we have available to us. In times of struggle, self-compassion involves treating ourselves with the same care and concern we would normally show to a good friend – so that we are an inner ally rather than an inner enemy. It involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable challenges of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering. This lecture will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be strongly associated with psychological wellbeing. A brief self-compassion practice will also be taught.

Texas School Social Workers Conference

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October 2019

Keynote at Eating Disorders Conference, Plano, TX

October 4, 2019

I will be speaking at the Children's Health 5th Annual Eating Disorders Symposium focusing on the theme of "Cultivating Connections: Innovations in Eating Disorders Treatment.” This is a daylong symposium held by The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children's Medical Center Plano, which is the only pediatric eating disorder treatment center in the nation that holds the prestigious disease-specific Joint Commission accreditation in the treatment of eating disorders.

My talk will focus on self-compassion as a healthier way of relating to oneself and one's body than self-esteem. It will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing. It will also discuss research on the link between self-compassion, body image and eating disorders.

Sponsored by Children's Health

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February 2020

Talk with Shauna Shapiro in Austin, TX

February 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Looking forward to speaking with my dear friend Shauna Shapiro about her new book, "Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity & Joy" at BookPeople February 2! Shauna is one of the leading scientists in the field and combines 25 years of dedicated meditation practice with her decades of scientific study. Please join us!

Sponsored by Book People

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Talk at the Yoga and Science Conference, Austin

February 29

This conference presents scientific information as it relates to the practice of yoga.  My talk will discuss the role of self-compassion in creating a kinder and more connected way of inhabiting our minds and our bodies. It will discuss research on the health benefits of self- compassion, including yoga as a way to enhance self-compassion. It will also compare self- compassion to self-esteem, arguing that self-compassion provides a more stable and less contingent sense of self-worth. Finally, a brief self-compassion practice will be taught for use in daily life.  For more information, go to yogaandscience.com

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July 2020

Self-compassion in Troubled Times, Online

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Self-compassion isn't selfish, it's essential. But how can we learn to be kinder to ourselves, especially when facing difficult times?
Self-compassion involves learning to treat ourselves with care and support. Rather than continually judging ourselves, we can have compassion toward ourselves as imperfect humans and learn to cope better with the inevitable struggles of life.

In this talk I will reflect on the current global crisis and show how we can use both fierce and tender self-compassion to cope with the pandemic and also racial injustice. In times like these we need a friend, and we can learn to be a friend to ourselves.

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