Shame - meeting and transforming shame through the eyes of self-compassion

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” – William James 

It’s hard to feel appreciated or to appreciate ourselves when we’re caught up in shame – and shame is everywhere – we all experience shame at times and for some it’s an underlying presence that’s readily accessible and never very far away. Shame is also widely recognised as the most difficult of human emotions. By its very nature, what can make shame so challenging is that we would mostly rather do anything than feel shame - so we ‘shrink’, go quiet, criticise ourselves or others, numb ourselves through distraction or escape into unhelpful behaviours.

 In this workshop – through reflections, guided practice and discussion – Caroline Hoffman and Ali Lambie bring shame into the open and let us understand how it operates. They also explore how self-compassion may be uniquely placed to help us work with this challenging emotion, freeing us from the grip of shame and allowing us to understand and appreciate ourselves more fully, and in turn be appreciated by others as well.

This event is offered in collaboration with the Mindfulness Network Community Friends (MNCF) - an initiative to engage the wider mindfulness community and reach new audiences. Led by a Committee of Volunteers, supported by the Mindfulness Network, we work together to run a programme of donation-based events and inspiring content. The Committee ensures that the MNCF can best serve everyone by providing opportunities to practice and learn together. 

The workshop is free to watch. The Mindfulness Network welcomes any donations via our website and encourages you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us widen access to mindfulness-based approaches.

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