I’m Amy Colvin and I first discovered compassion meditation in the mid-1990s via a style called Sum Faht, a blend of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. I was attracted to the movement and energy-oriented components of this style of meditation. Rather than being expected to sit in stillness, students connect with their own internal wisdom and internal energy (qi), and through the process of harmonizing with that energy, movement arises. This free-flowing movement shares space with stillness and seated meditation, as well as formal movement practices of qi gong, mudra, and walking meditation. By cultivating all these forms of connection with self, profound transformation may occur.
I became a massage therapist at Google in 2005, and began facilitating meditation for Google employees in 2011. In June of 2013 I was invited to create a post for the Google Official Blog discussing facilitation of meditation in the workplace, and in 2015 these workplace meditation classes were mentioned in the book Work Rules by Laszlo Bock. In 2016 she wrote and published Cultivating Compassion: Simple Everyday Practices for Discovering Peace of Mind and Resilience.
Throughout my years as a massage therapist, I observed that self-compassion was often in short supply. Instead, I noticed many people lived stress-filled lives, frequently without realizing they had choices around how to manage their stress, anxiety, and discomfort. Having gone through my own challenges with stress, anxiety, and depression I’m inspired to help others help themselves by offering access to tools and techniques that may in turn aid in cultivating appreciation, acceptance, and compassion for self and others.
Looking for ways to make compassion focused meditation more accessible to the Western mindset, I became a certified teacher of Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. By blending years of Sum Faht practice with some of the pragmatic and structural elements of the CCT program, I developed a compelling curriculum called Cultivating Mindful Compassion (CMC).
CMC is offered locally (Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Bellingham, Anacortes, Mount Vernon), as well as online worldwide, as an multi-week program as well as weekend workshops.
CCT is offered at the Samish Island Center for Mindful Compassion, serving the communities of Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties) in an 8-week in-person format.
Introductory classes, as well as weekly qi gong classes are also available. The concepts, tools, and techniques of mindful compassion may also be tailored to fit the needs of your organization, and through one-on-one coaching.
If you’re ready move beyond criticism and judgment for self and others, and embrace peace and acceptance, or if you’d like to move through and beyond depression and anxiety into a place of resilience, creativity, and joy, please join me for an upcoming program.
If these times/dates don’t fit your schedule or you have friends or family that would be interested in an in-person class but aren’t able to attend a Compassionate Balance Meditation offering, other options are found at the Global Directory of CCT Teachers.
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