Mindfulness & Compassion in a Turbulent World
Starting October 2021
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your own suffering, or the suffering in the world? Human beings have always faced challenging times, individually and collectively. When living with uncertainty, fear, self-doubt, shame, loneliness, exhaustion or loss, we need to find ways of taking care of ourselves, and others.
Learning to be kind to ourselves and our world through compassion practices is a key to transforming suffering. Mindfulness and Compassion are seen as inseparable dimensions of awakening, and like the two wings of a bird, when they are unfurled in their fullness and beauty, we can soar and be free.
Science also reveals that compassion practices have a number of health and wellbeing benefits including, such as lowering stress and depression, strengthening the immune system, and improving recovery from illness. They help balance the energies of our body, heart, mind, and will, allowing us better understand ourselves, and others.
The Fintry Trust is offering a 4-session mindfulness programme, which will focus specifically on compassion practices. Some prior understanding and experience of mindfulness is helpful but not a prerequisite.
Sessions will last about 90 minutes starting at 7pm UK time, every other Monday evening, from 25th October – 6th December 2021.
Individual sessions: £10 and Under 35s £5 (book from the links in the Upcoming Event listings below and on the events page).
Session 1: The Healing Joy of Cultivating Compassion
You will be introduced to the benefits of Kindly Awareness meditation. Together we will explore the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion; and understand some of the major findings from the neuroscience of compassion.
Session 2: Self-Compassion
In this session we will practice Self-Compassion meditations. We will discover the importance of freeing ourselves from negative self-beliefs, and of learning to love ourselves. You will be introduced to the healing RAIN meditation of Self-Compassion (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture).
Session 3: Compassion for Others
We will practice extending forgiveness and compassion to others, while learning to maintain healthy personal boundaries.
Session 4: Compassion for the Wider World
This session will include ‘At One with the Earth’ meditations. Learning from the world’s wisdom traditions and contemporary science, we will consider the interconnectedness of all things, and the impacts of living in a disconnected world. We will look at ways in which we may be of greater service in the world.
About the teachers
The sessions are led by qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers Jean-Paul and Sally Jeanrenaud. Jean-Paul and Sally are registered with Yoga Alliance UK, and follow the UK Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-based courses.