MSC at London Meditation

MSC at London Meditation

London Meditation Community

MSC at London Meditation

London Meditation Community

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I found the sessions themselves very useful. They gave me an opportunity to face difficult life events without having to talk about them specifically. The group was an important part of the training as we learn from each other...

quotation marks I learnt to recognize my self-critical and self-compassionate voice and realizing that my self-compassionate voice is real, valid and wise...

quotation marks I just wanted to say how useful I found the Mindfulness Self-Compassion practices, even though I missed some sessions. If I was to pick out one particular part of the course, it was the ’breathing in for me, breathing out for you’ idea which I used again and again. It was a lovely thing...

quotation marks I thought the handouts were fantastic. I also really enjoyed the practices and little films and poems...

quotation marks I realised that, though I had not really done meditation before finding MSC, I had been doing it for years, just calling it contemplative prayer. I find the intersection of the two fascinating...

quotation marks I loved the self- compassion bracelets!

Voices of former participants

Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

Susann Herrmann

Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA)
Co-Founder of London Meditation
trained by Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer

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For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare...

Caring for others requires caring for oneself.

quotation marks There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosopies.

My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

The Dalai Lama

London Meditation: MSC

MSC Teacher Training
Kristin Neff & Susann Herrmann
UK, Summer 2014

London Meditation: MSC

MSC Core Skills Training for Professionals
with Steven Hickman & Kristin Neff
Europe, Summer 2013

London Meditation Community

London Meditation Community

London Meditation Community

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

MSC is part of our Coaching Programme.

The programme is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.

Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease.
Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption.

Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.
And it’s easier than you think.


Sessions at a glance:

  • Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
  • Practicing Mindfulness
  • Practicing Loving-Kindness
  • Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
  • Living Deeply
  • Meeting Difficult Emotions
  • Exploring Challenging Relationships
  • Embracing Your Life

In this programme, you will learn:

  • how to stop being so hard on yourself
  • how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than self-criticism
  • how to relate to difficult emotions with greater moment-to-moment acceptance
  • how to respond to feelings of failure or inadequacy with self-kindness
  • how to practice the art of savouring and self-appreciation
  • how to integrate core mindfulness and self-compassion exercises into daily life
  • how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • how to become your own best teacher
What to expect?

Programme activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is a workshop rather than a retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is a compassion training programme rather than mindfulness training like Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), although mindfulness skills are taught as a foundation for self-compassion.

MSC is also different from therapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds. Nonetheless, psychological healing may occur as we develop the capacity to be with our difficulties, and with ourselves, in a loving, compassionate way.

MSC is a journey that entails a variety of challenges. Compassion has the effect of soothing and comforting us as it paradoxically opens us to emotional discomfort. While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, Susann is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to make the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.


No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.

Trained MSC Teacher

Susann Herrmann, CPsychol./OccupPsychol. (MA) trained by

  • Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
    • Associate professor in human development at the University of Texas at Austin,
    • Author of "Self-Compassion",
    • Creator of the Self-Compassion Scale used by clinicians and researchers worldwide
  • Christopher Germer, Ph.D.
    • Clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School,
    • Founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy,
    • Author of "The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion",
    • Co-Editor of " Mindfulness and Psychotherapy" and "Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy"
  • Steven Hickman, Ph.D.
    • Director of Professional Training for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion,
    • Founder and Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness,
    • Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine
    • Having taught over 50 Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses

For further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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