NOTE: SS04 WILL BE HELD 1400-1530
SS04 – Courage to be Compassionate. Cultivating Compassion Awareness
As caregivers, we excel at extending compassion towards others. What about relieving our own suffering? We tend to put our own needs and desires last. Or we may feel guilty about caring for ourselves and may even think of it as selfish. We live in a world that favours being ‘happy’ so we hold back our emotions, avoid conflict and be ‘professional’. Our unchecked emotions and unmet needs can to a whole range of disorders, stress, burnout and illness. Cultivating self- compassion requires a level of awareness, courage and consciousness to be vulnerable and truthful with our own internal experience. Elevating consciousness is no easy task. Each emotion is a gift and has a message that we must listen, pay attention and move through it with peace and ease. This awareness is the foundation of self-compassion and begins with the breath. Consciously paying attention to the breath is a powerful doorway to our inner journey. This session will focus on cultivating self-compassion through practices that bring awareness to our breath, bringing us peace and ease.
1. Describe the elements of self-compassion.
2. Relate compassion awareness to emotional agility.
3. Practice settling the mind through conscious practices.
Dori Howard, Founder, Facilitator, Executive Coach and Retreat Specialist, Enso Coaching and Consulting Corporation, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada