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Tired of being self-critical and judgmental?

The 9-week Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living class supports the development and training of (self-) compassion to enhance physical, emotional and relational health and well-being. It is grounded in science and integrates the research of  Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Compassion Focused Mental Health.

The training can be particularly supportive for individuals suffering from shame and self-criticism, social isolation, depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain or illness. It was originally developed in the mental health setting but the scope of its application extends much further. It can be helpful to anyone – care-seeker or care-giver – wishing to deepen mindfulness with ‘heartfulness’.

Exercises include in course:

Soothing breathing rhythm, compassionate imagery (safe place, compassionate companion, embodying compassion); compassionately relating to resistance, desire and inner patterns; loving kindness towards ourselves and others; compassionate breathing; a compassionate bodyscan; walking and moving with kindness; compassionate letter writing; practicing sympathetic joy, gratitude, forgiveness and equanimity; informal practices in daily life.

During the course, relevant scientific insights underpinning compassion training will be interwoven in the teaching.

Course learning objectives:
  • Week 1 – Mindfulness, Emotions, Values and Intentions
  • Week 2 – Explore three emotional regulations systems: threat, drive and soothing
  • Week 3 – Stress Reduction and Self-Compassion
  • Week 4- Inner destructive emotional, thought patterns and finding balance
  • Week 5 – Cultivating Self-Compassion and forgiveness
  • Week 6 – Compassion for Self and Other
  • Week 7 – Connecting to our common humanity i.e. life is challenging for everyone, I am not alone
  • Saturday Retreat. TBA 9:30-3:30 pm.
  • Week 8 – Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life
  • Week 9 – The healing power of compassion

Click here to Register 

Registration $245.  Includes workbook, guided practices and on-line resources. If you have questions contact Eric Nelson @  1-269-553-6621 or email

Class Location:  Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo. Park in rear of building.  Take Barnard Street just west of Kazoo Books, go 100 feet turn left on Book Alley and take second drive on left to parking lot. If you need to reach me the day of call Eric @ 269-254-0771.

Retreat time and location:

Unitarian Universalist Community Church 10441 Shaver Road, Portage, MI. Saturday 9:30 to 3:30 pm. If you need to reach me the day of call Eric @ 269-254-0771.


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