Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD, is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in 2010. From there, he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work, and was invited to be part of the CMSC’s first teacher training course, led by Chris Germer, Kristin Neff, Michelle Becker, and Steven Hickman in 2014.
Martin recently co-taught the first full run of MSC for men, and will be co-teaching a Globally Engaged MSC Intensive in Kenya in 2019. Martin adds: “Practicing self-compassion has transformed my life, and it’s deeply rewarding to teach these practices to others and know that it will bring them some of the same gifts.”
Originally from the UK, Martin has been living in the U.S. for more than half his life. He is a philosophy professor at Oberlin College, and has taught philosophy at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in physics and philosophy from Oxford University.
Events with Martin Thomson-Jones, PhD
June 28, 2019
Mindful Self-Compassion training teaches us how to develop the warm-hearted, connected presence we need during moments of difficulty. Self-compassion provides the emotional strength and resilience needed to offer ourselves the same kindness and understanding we would offer a good friend. With self-compassion we can motivate ourselves with encouragement, forgive ourselves when needed, face and befriend our shortcomings, care for others while caring for self, and live more authentically. Research shows that self-compassion is strongly associated with greater emotional well-being, lower levels of anxiety and depression, healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships. In this course,…