An Introduction to Self-Compassion
A Day Long Retreat on Zoom
Lead by Douglas Pullin
Compassion is what happens in us when love connects deeply with suffering. This day long meditation retreat is an opportunity for us to come together to remember and deepen our connection with our inherent capacity to keep our hearts open with the suffering of pain, fear, anger and sorrow.
Compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm to others, and the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves and others, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human. Compassion is cultivated through the courage to mindfully be with the direct experience of anguish with an open heart.
During this day together we will explore the three key components of self-compassion (identified by Dr. Kristin Neff in her book Self Compassion): self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Together they comprise a state of warm, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives. This loving presence is the foundation for compassionate action that seeks to reduce suffering in the world.
Together we will do meditation practices that cultivate mindfulness, kindness and a sense of our shared humanity. This day of meditation will include periods of sitting, walking and movement meditation. There will also be a Dharma talk and opportunity for personal sharing.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting on your email receipt after you register.