Self-Compassion Day Long Retreat

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Saturday January 31st, from 10 am to 4 pm at PIMC, lead by Doug PullinSelf-compassion can be cultivated. It's a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

According to the work of Kristin Neff, the three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, 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, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

During this day together we will do meditation practices that cultivate mindfulness, kindness and a sense of our shared humanity. We will practice using the experience of self judgment and self depreciation as a gateway to cultivate compassion for self. We will use mindfulness to:

  • Free us from believing the self depreciating mind that reifies self and then negatively judges it. 
  • Recognize all emotions are expressions of need.
  • Recognize, allow, investigate, and non identify with shame based emotional experiences
  • Re-contextualize/re-story life in the context of compassion.

This day of meditation will include periods of sitting, walking and movement meditation. There will also be a Dharma talk and opportunity for personal sharing. 


$55.00 suggested donation. You will not be turned away due to inability to pay.

You can register online by clicking here. For US postal registration see the form at the bottom of this page.

Bring a sack lunch and food items to share

No prior meditation experience required.

More Information:
Call 503-293-4177 or send e-mail to Doug