Jane Taylor has been committed to and practicing mindfulness since my journey started in December 2008, when I attended my first 10-day Vipassana silent mediation retreat (she completed 3 more 10-day silent retreats since then – December 2009, December 2011 & September 2013). In Term 4, 2009 she attended her first 8-Week MSBR Course. In August 2011, she attended the seven day Intensive MBSR and MBCT Teacher Training which involved 60 hours of training. Then in January 2012, attended the Teacher Development Intensive that was run by the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. This eight-day residential training program/retreat included: 92 hours of direct instruction and comprehensive investigation of the underpinnings of the MBSR curriculum.
Jane is a certified and registered ICF PCC coach, mentor, facilitator and registered teacher who is committed to helping support people change the way they see themselves by supporting them through “(Un)Learning, so You Can Reconnect, Realign and Reclaim Your Inner Resources and BE Whole-Heartedly YOU… One Habit at a Time!”, so we can live in peace and harmony.
Jane began her career as a professional athlete competing on the world tennis stage before finding her passion – learning (or unlearning may be more accurate) and building relationships. This passion evolved in to a career in education as well as facilitating national coaching programs for Tennis Australia and co-ordinating national initiatives for education, before starting Habits for Wellbeing. She is also works with the LCA as the Coaching Fundamentals Trainer.
Jane has supported and worked with over 31500 adults in leadership, coaching, education, emotional intelligence, mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, mental health promotion and prevention and organisational wellbeing.
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion 8-Week Course Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically supported 8-week course designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion to enhance our capacity for emotional wellbeing. The course was developed through the clinical expertise of Dr Chris Germer and Dr Kristin Neff, a pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion. 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 our essential inter relatedness, 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. What will you learn? Self-compassion can be learned by anyone. 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. 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. Over the 8 weeks, you will be invited to learn –
Week 1 – Discovering Self-Compassion – in this session we dive deeper into self-compassion – what it is and isn’t, the benefits, the research, misgivings, physiology of self-compassion and self-criticism as well as way to start cultivating self-compassion in to your life. I wonder if there is a difference between how you treat yourself in comparison to how you treat a friend?
Week 2 – Practising Mindfulness – this session, we bring another element of self-compassion in – mindfulness. We discuss resistance and how we can create unnecessary suffering, discovering the wandering mind, understanding backdraft as well as a variety of ways to practise mindfulness in daily life.
Week 3 – Discovering and Practising Living-Kindness – this session focuses on understanding the difference between loving kindness and compassion as well as how to evoke a felt sense of loving-kindness and compassion and how to use loving-kindness to a moment-to-moment experience.
Week 4 – Discovering Your Compassionate Voice – in this session we start to bring loving-kindness in to formal mediation, identify the stages of progress to self-compassion (including disillusionment) and start to begin motivating ourselves with compassion rather criticism or judgement.
Week 5 – Living Deeply – in this session we learn how to use breath meditation to cultivate compassion for self and others, how to discover core values and re-orienting to those in daily life, finding meaning in life’s challenges as well as practising compassion and self-compassion whilst listening to others.
Week 6 – Meeting Difficult Emotions – this session we evolve in to learning to meet difficult emotions by using mindfulness and self-compassion practise and understanding the meaning of shame and how self-compassion is an antidote to shame.
Week 7 – Exploring Challenging Relationships – in week 7, we explore meeting unmet needs in relationships with self-compassion as well as combining self-compassion and equanimity to manage caregiver fatigue.
Week 8 – Embracing Your Life – in the final week, we look at learning to practise savouring, gratitude and self-appreciation to correct the human negativity bias. We also take the time, to reflect on key insights and practises from the course.
What is the Benefit for me as a Coach?
After reading the above outline, I trust you can see the benefits of fostering self-compassion as a coach. For me though, as a coach I have found the more self-compassionate I am for myself and my own challenges and difficulties, the more I compassion I can give to my clients and the people in my inner circle. However – I must say this is a courageous adventure of embracing imperfection and the challenges of being truly human in today’s world. Mindfulness helped me to see situations clearly, however with the added addition of self-compassion, it helped me to articulate what I needed.
And yes it links to many of the ICF Core Competencies ☺
What’s Included –
When you attend the MSC course, you will receive the following toolkit –
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