This course provides an in depth personal practice experience and it is ideal for those who have completed the Certified Mindfulness Training Course and who wish to continue to develop their mindfulness practice so as to hold inner experience with warmth and kindness.
It meets the annual continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the UK Good Practice Guidelines (link) for Mindfulness teachers and is open to Mindfulness teachers who are trained in other approaches, such as MBSR and MBCT. It is a pre-requisite for Mindfulness teachers who wish to learn to teach our CBLC course.
This course takes place over four weekends and it aims to enable participants to develop their Mindfulness practice by training in Compassion.
The themes of the weekends are:
Weekend One – The Basics of the Compassion
In the first module we explore 4 basic practices of mindfulness: calming, settling, resting and supporting the mind enriched with an aspect of compassion towards oneself. We refer to an evolutionary model of compassion based on psychology. The key aspect at this time is to realize that we are all subject to the laws of evolution and that many of our behaviors are directed at them. This is a kind of trap, but being in it is neither our choice nor our fault. We refer here to the Buddhist metaphor of „lotus in the „mud”. True compassion grows out of the „mud” of our lives (which are those parts we reject, which we do not accept, which are difficult for us). By knowing this, we begin to practice positive emotions, so that we can more easily respond to what is difficult within us and in our lives. The pain and suffering present in our lives are considered to be something that is inherent and therefore it is important to develop an attitude that helps us to be non-habitual, aware and compassionate. The practice of compassion is to build such an internal resource, which makes it possible.
Weekend Two – Working with Inner Critic
In the second module we continue our work on building an internal compassion resource. In this module we look at our inner critic – a stubborn voice who continually and critically evaluates us, our actions and always finds something wrong, in what we do. In the first phase we experience what it is like when this voice ceases to attack us constantly; in the next step we look at what is behind this inner voice and how, with mindfulness and compassion, we can approach this criticizing part of ourselves. We ask ourselves: what if it was to develop a voice that is kind and supportive and live with such a support instead of the „support” of the perpetual and destructive self-criticism.
Weekend Three – Four Immeasurables
In this module of the course we move from the practice of compassion towards oneself to the practice of compassion towards others. We still remain on the issue and practice of compassion for ourselves because it allows and forms the basis for practicing compassion towards others, making it more true, but also enables us to understand the hardships experienced by others. We also pay attention to Four Qualities- Immeasurables: equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and joy, which in themselves are infinite. Reaching them helps to balance and brings a new perspective to our practice of compassion. It is also a support when we want to go beyond our habits and preferences. Due to the kindness and love directed at ourselves as well as on others, we respond appropriately to pain and suffering while appreciating what good in our lives we gain more balance.
Weekend Four – Compassion in action
It is not enough to learn about compassion and practice compassion – just as in our mindfulness – our practice continues all the time and is present in our everyday life – including how we live, work and build relationships. This is the space for compassion. In this module we will look at how to work skillfully with the various aspects of compassion and how to integrate it with everything we do in life. We will also return to what appeared in the previous three modules. We will deepen our practice during individual sessions and will gain the support of a tutor. Such support will be provided to each participant. We believe that it will make it easier to put the next steps in practice, beyond this training.