This course will focus on the cultivation of self-compassion as the practice which opens our hearts to ourselves and to the world. Compassion is the natural extension of the tender heart when it meets suffering. Kindness, or Metta, becomes compassion when it meets pain, difficulty or loss and carries the intention to care for and alleviate the suffering. We are often unkind to ourselves when we are in pain and most need our own support and nurture. Our culture teaches us to tighten up and turn away from pain, our own and others’. But with gentle practice and curious exploration, we can learn to compassionately open to life’s inevitable difficulties and pains, reducing our suffering, inviting healing and building emotional resilience. Taught by Suzanne Colón, a trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course Teacher and leader of the Bozeman Insight Community. Please bring a journal.