How to be a Good Friend to Yourself -
A workshop on making self-compassion part of your life.
When a friend comes to you with a problem, how do you respond? Do you listen carefully to what they are telling you, show them that you understand and then try to support them to work things out? It’s most likely that you don’t call them a loser, tell them that they’ve failed and that you always thought they were hopeless!
Why is it then, that we talk to ourselves this way? Why do we criticize and bully ourselves to always do better—to be continuously perfect? For most of us, there is a critical voice in our mind that nags away at us and tells us over, and over again that we are just not good enough. This is exhausting and leaves us feeling down and insecure.
Does this sound familiar?
If your answer is ‘yes’, then this workshop held by Maureen Cooper et Odile de Simone on learning to be a good friend to yourself could be just what you are looking for. We will unpack the reasons why we tend to be hard on ourselves. There will be a chance to explore new, kinder and more effective ways in which we can manage our worries and concerns.
Through learning a whole range of simple exercises, —backed by scientific research—we can start to put together our own self-compassion kit and apply it whenever the need arises.
is the founding director of Awareness in Action, an organization dedicated to showing people how to combine well-being and excellence in the work environment. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a professional educator, senior manager in a non-profit organization, an entrepreneur and as an accomplished practitioner of Buddhist meditation, she leads the in-demand Awareness in Action workshops and training programs all over the United States and Europe.
Her acclaimed book, The Compassionate Mind Guide to Reducing Stress is a groundbreaking effort that brings together the best of modern science and the wisdom of the world’s ancient contemplative traditions into a practical manual for thriving in today’s insanely fast-paced world. When she’s able to take a break from rigors of the road, Maureen lives stress-free in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with her husband.
Odile de Simone
is a Buddhist practitioner and a student of Sogyal Rinpoche since 1983. Her main interest is to explore how to integrate the Buddhist wisdom into our daily life. During this time she had the privilege to meet and receive teachings from many teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Since 1997 she held courses and events on meditation and on compassion. Odile has also been a guide for the visitors of the Lerab Ling Tibetan Buddhist centre.