Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Course
Wednesday 24th January 6.30 - 9 pm.
course is suitable for people who have done an 8-week Mindfulness course, have
maintained some form of regular practice and would like to explore and deepen
Mindfulness and Heartfulness more. It offers practical ways of deepening
mindfulness skills with compassion.
The course is designed to alleviate suffering (one’s own and that of others) and enhance physical, psychological and social wellbeing by offering a science-based training in (self-)compassion, building on mindfulness skills. Many of us recognise the tendency to overlook ourselves while trying to be compassionate. The focus in this course is to develop a kinder and warmer relationship with ourselves, to find a healthy balance between caring for others and caring for ourselves and to find ease with life’s inevitable pain and ‘dis-ease’.
More specific aims are:
The course format was developed by Eric van den Brink and Frits Koster and draws on the work of Paul Gilbert, Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Rick Hanson and others. Many of the practices are based on traditional Buddhist meditation practices which focus on the cultivation of compassion.
The course runs over 8 weeks with a 2.5-hour class each week, 6.30 pm – 9 pm and includes one silent practice day. In the group sessions you are introduced to the practices and exercises. We then explore our experiences and reflect on them and put them within the context of neuroscience and some basic psychological principles.
You will receive a comprehensive workbook and a range of audio recordings in mp3 format. It is important to allow 45 – 60 minutes per day for the practice at home, in order to get the most benefit from doing the course and so that the practices can become embedded in your daily life.