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Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC)

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Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC)

Venue: central Edinburgh
Cost: £195

Day/time: Tuesdays 7-9.15pm
Dates: 24th October - 12th December 2017

Our course uses Mindfulness as its foundation and integrates wisdom from Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience and Mahayana Buddhism.

Our CBLC uses a variety of Mindfulness and Compassion exercises to help acknowledge and encourage our innate qualities of kindness, empathy, acceptance, strength, courage, equanimity and joy; these have all been proven to have a profound effect on our mind and our wellbeing.

This course can help you develop positive habits to take greater care of yourself and increase your resilience in times of stress and difficulty and help you relate to challenging emotions.

Benefits of Compassion

Scientific research into Compassion and the brain shows how it can:

  • Reduce anxiety and depression

  • Reduce the stress response in the body which boosts the immune system.

  • Increase our ability to relax.

  • Increase our capacity to deal with life’s difficulties with more perspective and wisdom.

  • Help with the management of chronic pain.

  • Prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.

Themes covered in the course

  • Introductory Session - What is compassion?

  • Why practice compassion?

  • The compassionate mess

  • It's not our fault: An evolutionary perspective

  • Creating conditions for safeness

  • Befriending the self-critic

  • Finding the compassionate friend

  • The Four Immeasurable Qualities

  • Widening the circle of compassion

  • Compassion in action

The programme includes 16 hours of teaching and experiential learning.

Sessions include guided mindfulness practices and teaching by an experienced practitioner. You will be given a course manual, recordings of the practices on an MP3 player and a certificate to confirm completion of the course. There is also an option to have two 1:1 sessions with your course tutor during the 8 weeks to discuss how your mindfulness practice is going.

A follow up day will be held after the course has finished.

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