In-depth Self-Compassion trainings with Christine Longaker

Courage, Love and Connection: the heroic journey of Self-Compassion

How do we treat our self in difficult situations, when something goes wrong, or after making a mistake? What’s the tone of our inner self-talk? Are we sympathetic, understanding, and kind? Or are we self-critical, constantly obsessing on our error?

Self-compassion is the alternative to being self-critical. Research shows that being self-critical is not conducive to success, health, or well-being. Self-criticism results in isolation, tension, and suffering, whereas self-compassion builds confidence, well-being, and resilience. And, selfcompassion can be learned.

We can learn to relate to our self like a good friend, who sees our imperfections with a heart of understanding, warmth, and kindness. And, when we courageously open our heart toward our own suffering, our understanding and compassion for others naturally deepens. As we let go of harsh self-judgment and gain insight into the source of our patterns, we begin to sense our potential for unconditional love.

Cultivating self-compassion is a heroic journey, which

builds resilience for the challenges of everyday life,

improves our relationships with others, and

enables us to become a force of kindness in the world.

Course topics are covered through a combination of presentations, exercises, dialogue, guided meditations, and paired and group communication methods. Topics include:

  • Three aspects of self-compassion
  • Compassionate mindfulness of the body
  • Exploring the obstacles to self-compassion
  • Meeting our inner critic
  • Being worthy of love
  • Developing resilience
  • A comprehensive model for self-compassion
  • Exercises for compassionate listening
  • Definitions of love, empathy, compassion, and self-compassion
  • Clearing emotional unfinished business
  • Self-compassion as a bridge to genuine kindness for others
  • Forgiveness and self-forgiveness
  • Contemplations for developing kindness, self-compassion, transforming suffering, and self-forgiveness

A large part of the schedule includes practicing and mastering meditations for self-kindness and learning to apply these meditations in daily life. The purpose is to develop skills and insights that support personal healing and inner transformation.

You’re warmly invited to join either of the two in-depth trainings in 2018:

31 July – 5 August     Kamalashila Institut, Langenfeld

30 September – 5 October    Dharmamati, Berlin

 

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©2018 text and photo  Christine Longaker

“During the past two days I have come to the crux of many of my life’s issues: it’s far less about others and what’s been done to me and what I’ve experienced, as about how I am with myself. Deeper and deeper I see the key for releasing the pain lies with me. It could be so easy. Maybe it is after all.”  -Veronica

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