MBCL is a follow-up course to an 8 week MBSR or MBCT course. It is suitable for anyone who has benefitted from mindfulness training and would like to deepen their practice with “heartfulness”. It consists of eight sessions of two and a quarter hours and a silent day of practice after week 7 to deepen and integrate the practices.
Practising mindfulness means paying attention in a non-judgmental way, which is the very basis of kindness. As we develop awareness, we are also cultivating an inner attitude of kindness toward what our experience is. When we struggle with our difficulties, and add further to our suffering, there is room for the inner attitudes of kindness and compassion to be developed. The practice of opening the mind and the heart go hand in hand.
Compassion is a human potential in every individual and through training, compassion can be developed and deepened. This is the aim of MBCL. Compassion involves commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering, whoever is the (potential) sufferer. Therefore, whenever we speak of compassion, we include “self-compassion”.
Many recognise their tendency to overlook themselves while trying to be compassionate.