LIVE ONLINE Fierce Self-Compassion

LIVE ONLINE Fierce Self-Compassion

The quintessential question of self-compassion is “What do I need right now?” and more specifically “What do I need to help alleviate my suffering?” The answer to this question changes depending on the circumstances. Sometimes what we need is to accept ourselves in all our human imperfection, to love ourselves as we are in the moment. But that doesn’t mean we necessarily want to stay as we are in the moment. If a herd of cattle is stampeding toward you, it’s not the time for self-acceptance, it’s time for action.

Most people think of self-compassion as soft and gentle, but self-compassion can be fierce as well as tender. Tender self-compassion involves “being with” ourselves in an accepting way: comforting ourselves, reassuring ourselves that we aren’t alone, and being present with our pain. Fierce self-compassion involves “acting in the world” to alleviate suffering. It tends to involve protecting, providing for, and motivating ourselves. Sometimes we need to stand tall and say no, draw boundaries, or fight injustice. Or we may need to say yes to ourselves, to do what’s needed to be happy rather than subordinating our needs to those of others. And if we’re stuck in a bad situation or habits that are harmful, it means doing something different. Not because we’re unacceptable as we are, but because we care. If tender self-compassion is metaphorically like a parent soothing his crying child, fierce self-compassion is like Momma Bear who ferociously protects her cubs when threatened, or catches fish to feed them, or moves them to a new territory with better resources. Just as tenderness can be turned inward so that we nurture and care for ourselves, the fierce energy of Momma Bear can also be turned inward to stand up for ourselves. What’s essential is that like yin and yang, these two faces of self-compassion are balanced and integrated so that we can be whole. When both are present, it creates a caring force that can be used to transform ourselves and the world around us.

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Saturday, October 1, 2022 | 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.


Amy Noelle, MPT

Amy Noelle is a certified Mindfulness Teacher and Life Coach. She has degrees in Psychology and Physical Therapy and three certifications in Mindfulness Based Interventions from UCSD. Amy is the founder of, an online coaching resource for mindfulness, performance & lifestyle wellness. She is passionate about connecting the mind, body and spirit, to achieve balanced wellness and, in turn, happiness. Amy believes deeply that mindful and compassionate awareness can mobilize inner resources leading to balanced wellness and peak performance in all areas of life.

LIVE ONLINE Fierce Self-Compassion

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