Cultivating Mindful Compassion (CMC)

Samish Island Qigong Wednesday mornings 9-10Compassion arises from an awareness of distress in self or others, an emotional resonance with that distress, and a desire to take action to help alleviate the distress.

At one time or another we all face difficult and/or stressful situations. We all suffer in some way. Everyday stress, social pressures, and life experiences may make it difficult to fully express compassion. However, humans have a natural capacity for loving kindness and compassion. 

Broadening beyond mindfulness, the benefits of compassion meditation are profound. You will find contentment and a sense of joy that radiates outward to your loved ones, friends, even co-workers. A compassionate and accepting attitude, toward self and others, noticeably reduces distress in difficult times and builds a strong foundation of resilience.

With people like you, who are willing to share their knowledge, I have hope that the whole world can become a more peaceful and loving place. ~ Bonny McMahon

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Cultivating Mindful Compassion is:

  • Discovering, exploring, and growing (cultivating)
  • Present moment awareness and choosing to live our lives intentionally every day (mindful)
  • Extending our innate kindness toward, appreciation of, and concern for self and others (compassion)

Meditation NatureThis program combines the essence of mindfulness and loving kindness with awareness of our internal energy (qi). We explore methods  for intentionally choosing and deepening self-acceptance, self-appreciation, and compassion for self and others. Through instruction, discussion, and use of practical techniques, we explore ways to cultivate a vibrant, authentic, and positive life. This in turn allows us to better relate to self and others.

Blending Buddhist and Taoist philosophy with contemporary psychology and research, this curriculum draws from Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training and Amy’s 20+ year Taoist meditation practice. Available in either a multi-week or weekend format, this program is offered in-person and online. Check the schedule for program dates.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for giving me the tools and helping me to have the courage to show my light and to be grateful and kind. It’s just amazing the work that I’m continuing to do and that I did with you in the weekend workshop. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. ~ P. Salinas

CMC’s tools and techniques help you:

  • Compassionately engage your inner critic by embracing acceptance for self and others
  • Enhance vitality by recognizing and harmonizing with your body’s natural energy flow
  • Strengthen your ability to be present and resilient in the face of difficulty, responding rather than reacting
  • Reduce rumination by settling your mind, expanding awareness of the current moment, and cultivating positive thoughts
  • Integrate mindfulness and self-compassion practices into everyday life

Benefits of CompassionResulting benefits include:

  • Reducing criticism and judgment for self and others through enhanced acceptance and compassion 
  • Releasing mental or emotional blocks by moving toward peace, resilience, and creativity while dissolving anxiety and depression
  • Increasing your capacity to authentically engage, communicate, and collaborate in relationships, both at home and at work
  • Reinforcing your self-awareness, your ability to stay present, and the strength to make appropriate choices when feeling overwhelmed
  • Augmenting your job satisfaction and fulfillment and living a more peaceful, nurturing life at home or with family

Course format:

  • Instruction of meditation techniques including: seated meditation, mudra meditation, qigong, moving meditation
  • Large group discussion around a variety of themes related to acceptance and compassion for self and others
  • Small group/pair exercises pertaining to the week’s theme
  • Guided meditation audio tracks for daily use which help develop kindness, empathy, acceptance, and compassion
  • Real-world informal practices to help you maintain daily compassionate thoughts and actions

Appropriate for those who are learning meditation for the first time, or wish to continue to develop their skills. 

Check the schedule for program dates.

This class has given me insight into the many subtle ways in which I have compromised compassion for myself. What a gift to be able to say authentically and clearly, “no thank you.” To feel and understand that I’m not being selfish when I desire healthy alone time to recharge my batteries. To be able to say NO without feeling selfish and guilt ridden. That is the biggest gift I’ve received from this course. The second is the subtle awareness of when I’m being cynical and critical instead of accepting what is in any situation. I can “do my best and let go of the rest” has the feeling of a big load being lifted off my shoulders. So, I’m appreciative of the opportunity to experience this class. I’m confident I will carry the lessons relearned and reminded of while going forward and continue to practice them in my daily life. Thank you so much Amy. ~ P. Wenke

Cultivating Mindful Compassion Online

What in the world do you mean when you say “let’s meditate online”? How can that be effective at all? How does it work… do we just listen to you like in a webinar? Aren’t we trying to stay away from devices if we’re trying to be in the present moment?

I hear these questions quite often, so I wanted to explain a bit.

I’ve been facilitating meditation online since 2012, and I’ve found the experience is really similar to taking classes or meditating with a group in person. It feels a little odd at first to have your face on the screen, but it creates an unexpected sense of connection, as if you’re really looking at the speaker eye to eye.

The technical stuff:

Zoom is the platform used by Compassionate Balance Meditation. Each person in the group speaks and listens, just as if we were in a classroom together.

It is not a one way feed; it is multi-way. All you need is a device (computer, laptop, tablet, smart phone) that has (or is connected to) a camera, microphone, and speakers. Opportunities to mute or turn the camera off, as well as type into a chat box and share screens are also available.

Connecting is easy. After registering you’ll receive a link, and all you need to do is click it at the appropriate time. Download the Zoom program or app once, then voila, we’re connected.

And, it gives us all an opportunity to practice patience, as sometimes glitches do happen or background noises arise, but they are ultimately resolved.

Even though we are not sharing the same physical space we’re sharing the same intention, to connect be present, connect with our internal wisdom and heart, and connect with each other.  As we connect with our internal energy, it flows outward to others in the group just as if we were in the same room.

We can leverage technology to further our personal growthWe live in a device driven society. However, when we use electronics to further our own personal growth rather than as a distraction our objective changes, and we can leverage technology to further our growth.

One of the best things about accessing interactive meditation classes or groups online is that no matter where you are you can join the conversation and share with others. You can join from the comfort of your own home, or if you’re traveling during a multi-week program you can join from the road. And, you don’t even need to spend time commuting to meet up with others.
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