Sunday 31st March, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cost £80.00. A few concession places are available upon request.
When facing difficulties, we welcome kind responses from others and find it painful if they react with critical judgments. Most of us, most of the time, are able to be sympathetic when people around us are going through a hard time. But how do we react to our own difficulties? Are we compassionate, or do we heap self-criticism on top of the suffering that is already there?
Compassion is a kind response, with a wish to alleviate the suffering of both ourselves and others, if we can. But where does mindfulness come into it?
The quality of compassion is implicit in mindfulness, which is often described as ‘non-judgmental awareness’. The more aware we are, for example in response to difficult feelings, the better placed we are to have a genuinely helpful response. Feeling that we are ‘seen’ and understood can have a profoundly healing effect. It is possible to give this kind, understanding response to ourselves. The more we do this, the more our compassion flows naturally to others.
Can we learn to be more truly compassionate? Absolutely! We can learn practices for cultivating kindness, compassion and gratitude, opening our heart more fully to both the sufferings and joys that we humans all share.
On this small-group workshop there will be guided meditations, discussion and interactive activities on the theme, with some underpinning theory from experts in the field.
Annie Akasati is an ordained Buddhist and has practiced and studied Mindfulness and compassion for over three decades, as well as leading many workshops, courses and retreats over the last 20 years. She is qualified to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction; Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-based Compassionate Living and is a member of the UK Mindfulness Network.