Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living

Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living

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This eight-week course has been developed for those who wish to deepen their mindfulness practice with compassion. The training draws on the work of Paul Gilbert, Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff, Tara Brach and Rick Hanson (among others) to explore compassion more explicitly.  

It takes both mindfulness and compassion to meet the suffering in ourselves and others, without getting stuck in unhelpful patterns of harsh criticism or compulsive problem solving. This course is focused on developing this capacity, so that we can respond more creatively to suffering and face pain, stress, anxiety and depression with greater ease and compassion.

The practices, teachings, and discussions will draw on scientific insights to explore the following learning points:

  • Understand how some of the brains inherent survival mechanisms can be overactivated.
  • Learn to better self-regulate our emotions and rebalance our responses.
  • Cultivate a friendly attitude toward ourselves and others.
  • Develop our inner helper over the inner critic.
  • Skillfully balance compassion with joy and equanimity, as to not get overwhelmed.
  • Motivate ourselves with compassion over criticism.
  • Discover what contributes to our personal happiness, joy and gratitude.

Over the course of 8-weeks, participants will develop new skills and meditation tools that will complement their existing mindfulness practice, and further support their ability to stay present and calm in the midst of life’s most challenging situations.


This course is only for people who have attended an 8-Week Mindfulness Course (either at The Mindfulness Project or elsewhere) and have an established mindfulness practice.