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Mindful Self-Compassion


What is Mindful Self-Compassion?

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.

The 3 components of Self-Compassion

  • 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.

Tender and Fierce Aspects of Self-Compassion

“Self-compassion allows us to be with ourselves as we are in all of our brokenness. Fierce compassion calls on us to be brave, to take action, to do something to mitigate suffering.” – Kristin Neff


For whom is it suitable?

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.

You can find my guided meditations on the App Insight Timer 

This is a guided audio practice "Self-Compassion Break" It is an informal practice that you can easily apply in daily life:

Selbstmitgefühlspause D
00:00 / 14:00
Self-Compassion Break E
00:00 / 11:52


16.03. - 25.05.2024     (EN)

Mindful Self-Compassion for 2SLGBTQIA+


with Wiebke Pausch und Markus Bohlmann

Course Format and Modules

This application contains 80% of the traditional MSC curriculum and is grounded within a context relevant for 2SLGBTQ+ folks. The application also introduces new themes and practices as well as rewritten practices to make the MSC program more accessible and relatable to the lived experience of folks from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Session Themes are:
Session 1: Belonging and Building Community
Session 2: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Session 3: Loving-Kindness
Session 4: Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
Session 5: Living Deeply – Living Authentically
Session 6: Pride and Rage: Being with Difficult Emotions
Session 7: Intimacy and Shame
Session 8: Staying Connected

More Information & Registration here

Talks & Meditations from Wiebke Pausch on Sangha Live - in English​


Awaken Self-Compassion

May I be kind to myself

The Art of Radical Rest

You can watch the replay here

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