It was the final session of my Mindful Self Compassion course last week. Our teacher, Paul, has just sent through the links for that final evening. So here, similar to my half-way post, are links to meditations, talks or anything else when I want to. If anyone else finds them useful, then that’s great. But this is primarily for me.
Week 5 - living deeply
Frank Ostaseski talking about Deep listening. We practised compassionate listening during this, and it felt quite unusual to be listened to in this way.
Giving and receiving compassion meditations
Half day retreat
Held at the same place as our weekly session, this consisted of the following practices.
- Compassionate body scan Kristin Neff’s version - the first I heard and one I return to
- Mindful walking
- Affectionate breathing
- Savouring food - eating lunch, in silence
- Loving kindness for ourselves
And ended with the song Japanese Bowl by Peter Mayer
Week 6 - Meeting Difficult Emotions
Soften, sooth, allow meditations
Week 7 - Exploring Challenging Relationships
Compassionate friend meditations
Compassion with Equanimity meditations
And then some links about Working with difficult emotions. An interview with Sharon Salzberg about anger. Mathieu Ricard on caregiver fatigue/empathy fatigue and the academic paper he mentions in the clip. And a dialogue between Brené Brown and Russell Brand in which she talks (starting at 44.20) about how boundaries are essential for compassion to flourish
Week 8 - Embracing your life
Compassion for Self and Others meditation
As part of the final session, we were asked to review the practices we’d done and highlight which were our favourites. The three I listed are:
There have been some sessions which made me feel happy, and some which have made me feel sad. But that’s ok. Feeling is ok.