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Mindful : February 2016
So too with the heart of kindness. You don’t even have to believe your loving thoughts and intentions as you begin them. In time they will take root and grow. Like a mother turning toward her crying baby with her own heart filled with the baby’s suf- fering, compassion inquires deeply into what’s wrong, and then finds a caring response con- cerned with alleviating the suffering. Giving this loving balm to yourself will carry you through the most difficult of challenges when nothing else seems to help. When you do find a sprig of self-compassion in your heart, nurture it with your tears and encourage its growth. If you practice self-com- passion daily, it can heal your aching heart, and even your jittery body. It heals at the deepest levels and is a noble endeavor that can greatly assist you in finding your way through shyness. Daily Doses of Self-Compassion If you do some meditation practice daily, a good way to ease self-criticism is to mix compas- sion practice into your session (see instruction below) at just the moment when judgments overtake you. Compassion grows as you turn toward parts of your mind that you usually try to ignore or dispel—parts of yourself that may surprisingly become all the more vivid and troublesome when you are meditating. Apply this practice any where there is pain, even in the wounds of your own self-blame, self-hate, and shame. Apply it to your cherished victimhood. Compassion is a small door that’s wide open in a dark corner of the self- constructed prison cell that separates you → BREATHING WITH COMPASSION PRACTICE Attending to your breath in mindful breathing practice, you notice a feeling of sadness or fear and you see that your mind is no longer with the breath but caught in an old self- judgment. Stop. Take a breath. Offer yourself one of these phrases: I care for this frightened and lonely hear t. May I be free from fear and suffering. May I be at peace and know ease of being. May I be happy in this life right now, just as it is. Return to the breath. Repeat as harsh judgments re-arise. February 2016 mindful 75 insight practices Introduction to Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Sharon Gutterman February 5–7, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/ MBSR-Intro Mindful Authenticity: Live Your One True Life Maria Sirois February 26–28, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/ authenticity Art of Attention: Stamina and Stillness Elena Brower March 11–13, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/ attention Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers Judi Cohen and Scott Rogers April 1–3, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/ lawyers Embracing the Mad Mind: Cultivating Calm in Chaos Ruth King April 22–24, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/calm Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop Beth Mulligan and David Spound June 5–10, 2016 copperbeechinstitute.org/ self-compassion Awaken Everyday copperbeechinstitute.org Explore all we offer on our website.