For individuals with chronic illness & autoimmunity
Saturday 26th November 11am GMT
Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like.
First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t feel compassion for how difficult their experience is.
Second, compassion involves feeling moved by others’ suffering so that your heart responds to their pain (the word compassion literally means to “suffer with”). When this occurs, you feel warmth, caring, and the desire to help the suffering person in some way. Having compassion also means that you offer understanding and kindness to others when they fail or make mistakes, rather than judging them harshly.
Finally, when you feel compassion for another (rather than mere pity), it means that you realise that suffering and imperfection is part of the shared human experience. “There but for fortune go I.”
Self-compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself when you are having a difficult time. Instead of just ignoring your pain with a “stiff upper lip” mentality, you stop to tell yourself “this is really difficult right now,” how can I comfort and care for myself in this moment?
Life with chronic illness and autoimmunity can be really hard at times. Frustrations with our bodies, anger at the unfairness of it all, and down-right loneliness at feeling so isolated in our pain can plague the day-to-day. The last person we need to turn against in all this is ourselves, but that is often easier said than done.
In this workshop, Molly Roberson, Mindfulness and Compassion practitioner, will teach you the tools to befriend your inner critic, learn how to hold pain in awareness rather than over-identify with it, and how to tend to yourself with kindness. All in order to experience a better quality of life, and even reduce symptom severity, through modulating the relationship between self-criticism and the chronic inflammatory and immune dysregulatory processes.
What To Expect
In this engaging 2-hour workshop, you will:
Learn the 3-step Self-Compassion Approach
Share in a group RAIN meditation
Complete guided journalling prompts and goal setting to solidify the learnings into your daily life
And have the opportunity to receive a one-on-one card reading
When: Saturday 26th November 11am-1pm
Where: Your place (aka Zoom)
Who is this workshop for: Individuals with chronic illness, autoimmunity, or health struggles who are struggling to relate kindly towards themselves and their bodies
Benefits: Access to the workshop WhatsApp group and my support for 21 days in order to consolidate the learnings
Attending The Workshop
Connect on Zoom 10 minutes prior to class start time and silence mobile phone
Wear your favourite cosy clothing
Find somewhere quiet, private and comfortable with space to write
Self-compassion entails being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate, rather than ignoring our pain or flagellating ourselves with self-criticism.
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the amazing benefits of self-compassion:
Increased feelings of happiness, optimism, and connectedness
A boost in feelings of self-worth and resilience
Improved body image
Decreased anxiety, depression and fear of failure
Greater overall satisfaction in life
An increase in overall well-being
Reduced feelings of distress, bringing the body into a parasympathetic state in which the heart rate slows, blood pressure drops, and stress hormones decrease.
What's more self-compassion helps people engage in healthier behaviors like sticking to their weight-loss goals, exercising, quitting smoking and seeking medical care when needed.
“When I began working with Molly, I felt like I was living under a cloud, a cloud that varied in density every day but nevertheless a cloud. Desperation, anger, frustration and confusion were my day to day emotions. I wasn’t happy. I have learnt who I am again, reconnected with my values but also embarked on a journey of discovery, a journey, I’m excited and thankful to continue on. Needless to say, my health; physical, emotional and mental has benefitted beyond words as has that of my relationships and my family. It’s been a transformational process and one I’m so grateful for. The Sun has come out again!” - Emma ☀️
I'm a Registered Nutritional Therapist (DipION, mBANT, CNHC) and Certified Mindfulness Practitioner (MSc).
I have worked in the health and wellness sector since 2016, and have been praised by clients for having a compassionate approach that often impacts their wider life beyond improving their health.
I have a special interest in helping women navigate autoimmunity and chronic illness, and I welcome individuals to this space who have been feeling disconnected or frustrated with their bodies, who have an inner sense that there is another way, a compassionate way, to relate to themselves and their health struggles.