Recently, I have been teaching the MBLC to a mix group of participants who are in mental health recovery and those who work in the services. It has been an enriching experience that has been filled with both challenge and joy.
As we have been moving through the weeks, the importance of our compassion training has become apparent. Sometimes, in order to be with a painful moment it is crucial to have the tools in which to hold ourselves with safety.
Coincidently, I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Prof. Paul Gilbert on the phone today for work purposes. He, too, stressed the importance of building up our compassion reserves in times of difficulty.
This really struck me as I have been having my own ‘wobbles’ lately with the stresses of family life and working. Life can be tricky and I often forget that I have the power to call on my own compassionate self to help out. So, this week’s Mindfulness Challenge is called ‘Stop! Slow Down. Breathe…‘ and is taken from a session given by Prof. Paul Gilbert at our Summer Conference in June, 2014.
At the 2014 conference, Paul instructed, “whenever you are in crisis, practice: Stop. Slow Down. Breathe. Now. Then ask yourself, ‘if I engaged my compassionate person, how would I deal with this? How would I bring wisdom to this? In short, slow down and create space for it to happen”
Perhaps, any time that we may find ourselves in crisis over the next week (crisis could mean anything from feeling shy and insecure to dealing with a difficult family member), practice “Stop! Slow Down. Breathe. Now.”. Can we call on our compassionate self/person and invite them to help move forward more skillfully?
Let us know how you get on!
Paul will be presenting at our 2017 Summer Conference, once again. Make sure to check it out Click Here