I have been practicing mindfulness since 2007 and along the years I noticed that a crucial part in that practice for me was my ability to be kind, forgiving and accepting towards myself. Seeing how that in particular helped me increase my self-confidence and stability in challenging times I wanted to develop kindness and compassion towards myself more. I came across Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and it was exactly what I had been looking for!
Since participating in my first MSC training, mindful self-compassion has helped me motivate myself in a kind way when my inner critic is holding me back from doing the things that are most meaningful to me. And in a period of grief and taking on the care of a close relative with dementia mindful self-compassion has been giving me support and the space to also care for myself.
Feeling this deep wish to support others on their learning journey I have been developing myself professionally to teach mindfulness and self-compassion. I have a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on the meaning of community in a Buddhist mindfulness practice center in France; Plum Village. I am a certified mindfulness teacher and a trained MSC teacher. I work at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam, The Netherlands as a teacher and program assistant.