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Advanced Mindfulness (MBCL)

Mindfulness-Based-Compassionate-Living (MBCL) is a follow up course for people who have already completed Mindfulness Training

Why Mindfulness-Based-Compassionate-Living (MBCL)?

Would you like to be less  fearful, anxious, angry or suspicious and experience more feelings of warmth and worthiness for yourself and others?

The MBCL course teaches us to be kinder and more accepting of ourselves and others as imperfect human beings, learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. Compassion is distinguished by courage and generosity.

Rather than continually judging and evaluating ourselves and others, practice builds the habit of responding with gentleness and understanding rather than criticism and judgement. This affectionate and tender holding motivates and supports us in making needed changes in our lives because we care about ourselves/others and want to lessen suffering.

Many of us have become disconnected from what is deepest in our nature – our intrinsic compassion. Fortunately, compassion training is a practical means of reconnecting so you can experience more warmth, safeness, friendliness, acceptance, and connectedness with yourself and with others.

Mindfulness and Compassion training enable us to make a space between event and reaction, and within that space, choose how to react. This course teaches us to re-write negative patterns that are no longer serving us and free ourselves from the delusions that limit us.

Who would benefit from the Advanced Mindfulness Course?

The course is designed for people who are hard on themselves /others and may experience low self image, self-reproach or shame. You may be fearful, anxious, angry or suspicious and have difficulty experiencing feelings of warmth and worthiness for yourself and others. You may divert yourself by jumping into isolation or busyness or eating / drinking / addictions or relationships that don’t really give satisfaction.

You are already familiar with mindfulness practice, may find it beneficial but have difficulty integrating it into your daily life and developing a kind and compassionate attitude towards yourself.

Practicing self-compassion is not egocentric but rather reconnects us with a naturally friendly / warm attitude towards ourselves which is a healthier way to relate and predisposes us to greater openness, empathy and compassion towards others. Compassion is a courageous mental attitude that stands up to harm, including the hurt that we inflict on ourselves (and others) through self-criticism / isolation / rumination when things go wrong. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves.

The Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) Course

Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) is a training program developed by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster for those who wish to learn how to deal in a healthy way with pain, stress or suffering, in whatever form it presents – physical, mental, emotional or relational. The programme follows the model of the MBSR / MBCT course with 8 sessions of 2.5 hours duration and an extra session in silence.

What does the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course entail?

The course is experiential and includes meditation, visualisation, exercises, group discussion, and home practices – designed to cultivate compassion for self and others.

The MBCL program is an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Compassion has the paradoxical effect of both soothing and comforting as well as opening us to emotional distress that we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions may surface during the course as we grow in our capacity to embrace and heal them.

Is there research evidence to support the value of the MBCL programme?

The training comes from a science-based view of the importance of compassion for oneself and others and is based on the work of Paul Gilbert, Christopher Germer, Kristin Neff, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson and more…This training is relatively new and initial results are very positive.

“Hugely beneficial influence on my life. I am more relaxed, disciplined and most importantly happy in my own skin.”        Jack

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