For most of us, treating others with compassion comes naturally. When we see someone suffering or in distress, our heart instinctively goes out to them. But what about when we are struggling? How do we typically respond to our own pain? If you are like most people, that gentleness you display towards others is replaced with self-criticism and judgment. This, in turn, adds a second layer of pain.
In this gathering, you will learn:
- What it means to be Self-Compassionate
- What Blocks Self Compassion
- Tools to Cultivate Self Compassion
With awareness and practice, we can learn to treat ourselves with the same compassion we extend to others.
Next Event: February 2020!
Contact Shayna if interested
All Day Embracing the Middle Workshop
This intensive workshop is for you if you are in midlife, wanting greater self-awareness, open to questioning long-held beliefs and behaviors, and ready to courageously take steps toward a more fulfilling next stage of your life.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.” Brene Brown
Next Workshop: March 2020
Embracing Forgiveness From the Middle
Most people think of Forgiveness as a dramatic moment when one or both people decide to forgive a past transgression and make amends. This is NOT what this series is about. It’s about healing our own resentment in order to enable us to move on. Read More
Approaching Forgiveness over a series of weeks allows the myriad of emotions and complexity of the process to gradually unfold over time.
Mindfulness and Cider: The New Happy Hour
What do you get when you mix Mindfulness with Cider? The best tasting cider you’ve ever had! (And possibly the funnest mindfulness lesson you’ve ever had). Put simply, mindfulness is bringing full awareness to the here and now, especially through the senses, like taste, touch, and smell. In this fun, women-only evening, we will use samplers of cider to lean about mindfulness and to bring the mindful experience to life.
Shayna Kaufmannn, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist and 15-year Zen Meditation practitioner, will guide your learning. This complimentary evening is offered under her Embrace the Middle business and teachings. No meditation experience necessary. The teaching and guided meditations are complimentary but the participants will have to purchase their own cider flights for tasting. (A sampler of three ciders costs $11).
When: Coming in May 2019~
Where: Bivouac Ciderworks, 3986 30th Street, San Diego, CA. 92104
Limited to first 15 women to register. Kindly RSVP:
Contact Shayna if Interested
Introduction to Mindfulness
The buzz around mindfulness is well deserved! People who practice it consistently know themselves better, connect more deeply with others, have less anxiety and depression, respond to life’s challenges more gracefully, and appreciate the gifts of presence. Mindfulness refines our quality of “being” as we tread through our experience of “doing.”
Shayna draws from her 14 years of dedicated Zen practice and regular meditation retreats to guide your learning. She will introduce you to the basic concepts and foundational practices of mindfulness and use guided meditations for experiential learning. No prior mindfulness or meditation experience necessary
Self Care and Compassion
Self Care Happens ON and BENEATH the Skin
Ruthi Swartzberg, Aesthetician and Owner of Oasis Day Spa and Shayna are teaming up to expertly and gently guide you to:
- Cultivate Compassionate Self Talk to Reduce Negativity
- Nurture You Skin to Enhance Self Confidence
- Apply Lovingkindness to Heal Your Body and Mind
- Understand What Your Skin Needs to Thrive
The evening will be held at the La Jolla Crossroads Clubhouse on November 15, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
This event is complimentary though registration of required for planning purposes.
We hope you join us for an evening of nurturing your skin and spirit.
To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-care-and-self-compassion-an-evening-of-nurturing-your-skin-and-spirit-tickets-50677476697
Embracing Our Bodies From the Middle
Body-rejecting beliefs such as “My thighs are too big,” “My boobs are too saggy” and, of course, “I’m fat!” often play like non-stop recordings in our head. What would it mean and feel like to actually accept and love our bodies in their entirety? Read More
“The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” (author unknown)