Peace in oneself, peace in the world with self-compassion
- Mobilizing a movement towards the IDGs -
This Gathering focuses on Self-Compassion: What it is, how self-compassion can be cultivated as an inner resource available to us 24/7, and how self-compassion might support our work on the 23 IDG skills and qualities.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. MSC can help us to be kinder to ourselves in moments that we need it the most and it is also a great way to explore our inner self, re-wire our brain to help us befriend and heal, and on the other side, also to protect, motivate and stand up, where needed. From an intentionally resourced self-compassionate inner voice we are more likely to listen deeper and to courageously explore our relation to self, others and the world, and as a consequence, bring more understanding and compassion to the interconnectedness of all life.
Regarding the IDGs, one of the three pillars of MSC deserves special focus, which is our awareness of our common humanity, enabling us to be interested and appreciate the diversity of life paths and experiences and, as a consequence, collaborate with each other in new ways.
Ph.D. Chris Germer is the co-creator of the Mindful Self-Compassion programme and with Dr. Kristin Neff the co-founder of the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC). In this Gathering, Chris will share his knowledge of self-compassion and offer an opportunity to experience MSC.
MSC teachers Dr. Susan W Gitau, Galia Tyano Ronen, Ha Tran and Mirjam Luthe will share stories of how self-compassion has supported their work in their particular contexts, e.g. with young abused women in Kenya to relate again to their dignity; supporting groups of Israelis and Palestinians to have fruitful conversations, and provide steps towards healing inter-generational trauma in a war-experienced country like Vietnam.
About the IDGs
In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals provided us with a comprehensive plan for a sustainable world by 2030.However, progress is not happening fast enough.
There is an urgent need to increase our collective abilities to face and effectively work with complex challenges. This is why we are co-creating the Inner Development Goals (IDGs) - a blueprint of the capabilities, qualities and skills that are needed to achieve the 17 SDGs.
The Inner Development Goals is a non-profit, open-source organization to help us develop the collective inner skills and qualities needed to overcome our global challenges and move towards a thriving world.