Why Compassion Training
The Compassion Aspect of My Work: If you are familiar with my work, you know much of my work is related to living well alongside health challenges by achieving greater well-being. What you might not have realized is that self-compassion is an underlying aspect of my work. Because when we understand our needs and accept our limitations, we are able AND willing to make decisions that better support our overall well-being.
In working with me, you will be working with compassion and self-compassion indirectly within the programs. However, if you are interested in deeper learning and skills (which I highly recommend), then I invite you to also sign up for one of my small group trainings of the 8-week Compassion Cultivation Training© program. [details below]
Benefits of Living Compassionately
- increased happiness
- more resilience
- increased self-acceptance
- improved emotional and mental health
- improved relationships
- a stronger immune system
- reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease
- better pain management
- reduced anxiety, stress, and depression
“Each of us has to be our true self: fresh, solid, at ease, loving, and compassionate. When we are our true selves, not only do we benefit, but everyone around us profits from our presence.” Thich Nhat Hanh – The Art of Living
Compassion Training Supports Greater Well-Being
The Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT™) program draws on insights and techniques from psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative practice. The course integrates evidence-based meditation techniques, interactive discussions, and lectures as well as real-world exercises. CCT™ is taught worldwide and offers practical skills, tools, and knowledge. As a graduate, you establish the habit of relating to yourself, others, and the world around you from a place of greater understanding, joy, and purpose. CCT™ was developed in 2009 at Stanford University by principal author Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D, with contributions from our Founding Faculty. (as per The Compassion Institute website).
In addition to offering this program to individuals with health challenges and those looking to enjoy greater well-being, once fully certified, I will be able to also offer this program to non-profits and organizations who desire to create a more inclusive, compassionate environment, as well as to those in the healthcare sector seeking CMEs.
Inquire to Learn More About Compassion Training
I have completed all training to teach The Compassion Institute’s Compassion Cultivation Training© program and am now preparing to hold my practicum to become fully certified. This is an 8-week course designed at Stanford University and taught around the world by certified facilitators. As one of only 16 individuals from the states, and 54 worldwide, I am honored to be a part of this program as a member of the 2023/24 cohort! I would love to have YOU in my practicum class for certification with The Compassion Institute!
If you are interested, please complete this short form below to inquire about participating in my upcoming practicum offering, which will be at a discounted rate.
Additional Information and Resources on Living Life Compassionately
RELATED COMPASSION ORIENTED BLOGS
- Changing your relationship with your health begins with leaning in with self-compassion and accepting where you are – right now. This frees you to… Read the blog 5 Unexpected Benefits of Creating a New Relationship with Your Health.
- Why Sunflowers? Have you noticed my logo is based on a sunflower? The sunflower also represents energy, healing and compassion. Read my blog Hope: The Beauty of the Sunflower is Found Within.
- We can bond together to make this world a better place through compassion and by focusing on new priorities. Read my blog Experiencing Peace in Challenging Times.
- We each need to embrace kindness and compassion. In our everyday lives, our daily interactions. The decisions we make. The way we lead. No matter our socioeconomic class, our profession, our spiritual beliefs, or our ‘anything.’ Change can only begin within… and spread out from there. Read my blog A Call for Compassion in Everyday Life.
- By practicing self-compassion, you will build your skills to be more understanding and compassionate towards others, and this supports your well-being. Read my blog 7 Gifts of Embracing Your Hardships.
- Holidays can bring extra challenges around health challenges. Read my blog Making the Most of an Autoimmune Flare-up Over The Holidays.
The Importance of Self-Compassion
To be able to be more compassionate towards more people and to sustain being able to be compassionate towards others, we must also practice SELF-Compassion.
By practicing self-compassion:
- Self-Stewardship – how can you show up to serve yourself?
- We learn to nurture compassion for ourselves through our day-to-day stresses and activities.
- We learn to understand that others, like ourselves, experience and want to reduce their own suffering and pain.
- We develop more strength – more resilience, yet at the same time also learn to be more open to being compassionate to others; others in our circle, as well as others outside of our circles.
- We experience that our similarities help us make a positive difference. It gives us a starting point for conversations, where there might not otherwise be.
- We can improve relationships with those close to you.