The Most Gentle Art of Self Compassion
Using a combination of mindfulness and self compassion techniques and based on the work of Jon Kabatt-Zin, Zen Master Daizan Roshi, Kristen Neff and Chris Germer.
We will explore:
- What self compassion is, as opposed to self pity or self worth.
- How to use a self compassionate 'no'
- Considering how to bring our mindfulness practices to life when dealing with very stressful or emotionally charged situations.
- Some exercises designed to release ourselves from the inner critic and find a way to speak to ourselves with kindness and encouragement.
- Bringing our own Loving Kindness practice to life, using phrases that work for us.
- The difference between self compassion and self care and discuss the appropriateness of each.
- Compassion fatigue v empathy fatigue and look at how to be our own best friend in emotionally draining situations.
- Turning our attention within and learn how to tune our attention to what's going on RIGHT NOW rather than being hijacked by old storylines and behaviours.
- A number of meditations designed to increase our inner resilence
How long is it and how much does it cost?
The course will take place over 4 mornings, roughly 3 hours per morning.
Hello, I'm Kim and I started Serenity Retreat back in 2010. I am a big fan of meditation and mindfulness practices because of my own experience in how useful they've been in smoothing my relationship to life's lumps and bumps I'm not saying that everything becomes sweetness and light once we start with these practices, but for sure I don't take things anywhere near as personally as I used to and, in general, life feels as though it's flowing more easily - hurray! I've also become much better at trusting my internal satnav.
I have really come to love Zen for its straightforward, clear seeing approach. It asks us to get right to the heart of the matter - what's our DIRECT experience of life? I try my best to pass this on in my own words until it's time for the words to stop and simply sit. As much as I love Zen, I have also come to see that there are some other beautiful practices out there in the world and that there is space for all of it. So I've cherry picked over the years. Our own experience, after all, is our greatest teacher.