Your Compassionate Self

Your Compassionate Self with Robin Beardsley MDOne of my greatest yearnings is for harmony. It is so hard to imagine peace sometimes in today’s world. It can feel so hopeless or powerless to make a difference. Virginia Satir always said, “Peace within, Peace between and Peace among”. One of her beliefs and now mine is that we are all interconnected on a spiritual level. All living beings have Life Energy or Life Force. Take a moment to think of the last time you were in nature, watching a sunset, lying on a beach , on a mountain, in a forest or perhaps the last time you were listening to your favourite piece of music and you found yourself just being with your music or with nature as if nothing else mattered. This is your Life Energy engaged.

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The good news is that because we are all interconnected, if we bring a little kindness, light or peace to ourselves, then for a moment there is a beacon of light that others can benefit from. Out of this wish for harmony, I tended to be there for others, however, in the process at times though, I had to shut down parts of me. I forgot to include me in this kindness. Let’s face it we are generally kinder to others than we are to ourselves. We have many parts or aspects of ourselves that criticize other parts, sometimes it is not very peaceful within. In 2013 I came across Dr. Kristen Neff’s work on self -compassion and then did the teacher training of Mindful Self Compassion with her and Dr. Chris Germer (the co-founder). I learned that self-compassion could be described as treating yourself as you would treat a friend. I learned that I could be kind to myself when I was struggling or in distress. I also learned that I had a lot of compassion already within me as everyone does. I just didn’t have as much access of it for myself. This takes practice. We can connect with our compassionate self and be a friend to ourselves, which then benefits those around us. Taking care of ourselves really helps us to be there for others. My website Your Compassionate Self is where you will find more information on Mindful Self Compassion and the courses I lead. Meditations are available to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Information about upcoming workshops, courses and retreats can all be found by clicking here. I have always had an interest and passion in care for the caregiver and I see now that I was searching for a way to find harmony within. I am honoured and excited to share with you what I have learned. My hope is to develop and teach more workshops around living compassionately and skillfully, so that we can navigate this World we live in. I love teaching and I bring my joy, fun, presence and compassion to my workshops and courses. May there be peace on Earth and May peace begin with me.

Upcoming Courses & Workshops presented by Your Compassionate Self with Robin Beardsley MD CCFP

Mindful Self-Compassion 

with Robin Beardsley, MD

Thursdays: 6:00 – 8:30pm
Sept. 5 – 19, Oct. 3, 17, 31, 2019 (Note: alternate weeks); Nov. 7, 14 • Retreat: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 9am – 1pm
Location: reYoga, 209 Hannah St., Vanier

Information Sessions: One Session required with Registration
Location:
Kanata North
Wed., Aug. 21, 6 – 7pm • Thurs., Aug. 29, 5 – 6pm • Wed., Sept. 4, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 11, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 18, 6 – 7pm
Location: reYoga, 209 Hannah St., Vanier • Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Administration Fee: $150
Course covered by OHIP
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Objective

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion through self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. “With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” ~ Kristin Neff

Learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion

Topics

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life.
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion.
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue.
  • Practice the art of savoring, gratitude, & self-appreciation.

What to Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The intention over the 8-week course is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. Interested participants are required to attend a 60 minute Information Session prior to starting the course.

Presenter: Robin Beardsley, MD

Robin Beardsley, MD is a Physician who practices psychotherapy and a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. She has always had a passion for care for the caregiver. MSC helps to meet this passion and fits with her positive psychology approach.

Mindful Self-Compassion for Westend Family Care Clinic

with Robin Beardsley, MD

Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45pm
Sept. 24 – Oct. 1, Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2019 • Retreat: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019, 9am – 1pm
Location: Kanata North

Information Sessions: One Session required with Registration
Location:
Kanata North
Wed., Aug. 21, 6 – 7pm • Thurs., Aug. 29, 5 – 6pm • Wed., Sept. 4, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 11, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 18, 6 – 7pm
Location: reYoga, 209 Hannah St., Vanier • Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Administration Fee: $150
Course covered by OHIP
Register Now
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Mondays: 3:45 – 6:15pm
Oct. 21 – Dec. 9, 2019 • Retreat: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019, 9am – 1pm
Location: Kanata North

Information Sessions: One Session required with Registration
Location:
Kanata North
Wed., Aug. 21, 6 – 7pm • Thurs., Aug. 29, 5 – 6pm • Wed., Sept. 4, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 11, 6 – 7pm • Wed. Sept. 18, 6 – 7pm
Location: reYoga, 209 Hannah St., Vanier • Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Administration Fee: $150
Course covered by OHIP
Register Now
Printable Version

Objective

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion through self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. “With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” ~ Kristin Neff

Learn more about Mindful Self-Compassion for Westend Family Care Clinic

Topics

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life.
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion.
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease.
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue.
  • Practice the art of savoring, gratitude, & self-appreciation.

What to Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The intention over the 8-week course is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life. MSC includes 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours each, in addition to a 4-hour retreat. Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. Interested participants are required to attend a 60 minute Information Session prior to starting the course.

Presenter: Robin Beardsley, MD

Robin Beardsley, MD is a Physician who practices psychotherapy and a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. She has always had a passion for care for the caregiver. MSC helps to meet this passion and fits with her positive psychology approach.

Inner Resiliency Training (IRT) for Health Care Providers

with Robin Beardsley, MD

Cost: $150 Materials and lunch included (Please bring your own dishes and cutlery.)
Location: Your place of work – will need a room for 6-12 participants
Printable Version

As Professionals and caregivers, we can all experience some degree of Caregiver Fatigue, which is characterized by profound emotional and physical exhaustion. This is a form of relational pain, one of connection, having emotional resonance with someone we care about who suffers and impacts our lives. Add onto this, the often, overwhelming tasks we have to complete each day in healthcare, and the limited resources; over time, there can be a gradual erosion of all things that keep us connected to ourselves and others.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with inner resiliency, emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits and satisfying personal relationships. This 6-week, empirically-supported Inner Resiliency Training, will focus on a way of coping with the stress of being a caregiver with more hope, strength and compassion. You will learn specific tools which will help you navigate the emotional ups and downs that caregiving brings with greater ease.

Learn more about Inner Resiliency Training (IRT) for Health Care Providers

Topics:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life.
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits and myths of self-compassion.
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism.
  • Connect with your Inner Resilience.
  • Manage caregiver fatigue.
  • Revisit the core values that bring you passion.

What to Expect:

Program activities include: short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The intention over the 6-week course is for participants to directly experience their own inner resilience and learn practices that can be supportive in times of struggle. This IRT includes 6 weekly sessions of 1 hour each, with lunch provided.

Presenter: Robin Beardsley, MD

Robin Beardsley, MD is a Physician who practices psychotherapy and a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. She has always had a passion for care for the caregiver. MSC helps to meet this passion and fits with her positive psychology approach

Making Friends with Yourself

with Robin Beardsley, MD

Teens: 12 – 18 yrs. (by Dec. 2019)

Next Course: TBA

Adolescence is a time of change and growth. The demands in life increase for teens and young adults; this time can be confusing and provoke anxiety and depressive symptoms. For many young people, these challenges can lead to disconnection and isolation.

Making Friends with Yourself is an 8-week program designed to facilitate awareness, self-kindness and stronger connections in response to these growing challenges. Teens will have the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness and self–compassion into their daily life. Mindfulness teaches students to be present with their emotions, and self-compassion helps them respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care. Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens will learn specific tools which can help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease. “With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” ~ Kristin Neff

Learn more about Making Friends with Yourself

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend Making Friends with Yourself. Interested participants and at least one parent are required to attend a 60 minute appointment with Dr. Beardsley prior to starting the course.

Presenter: Robin Beardsley, MD

Robin Beardsley, MD is a Physician who practices psychotherapy and a Trained Teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion. She has always had a passion for helping young people succeed on their life journey. Making Friends with Yourself helps to meet this passion and fits with her positive psychology approach.