Explorations in Compassion
4 Wednesday Evenings:
April 4, 11, 18 and 25
7:00 – 8:45 pm
led by Suzanne Colón
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This course will focus on the cultivation of self-compassion as the practice which opens our hearts to ourselves and to the world. Compassion is the natural extension of the tender heart when it meets suffering. Kindness, or Metta, becomes compassion when it meets pain, difficulty or loss and carries the intention to care for and alleviate the suffering.
We are often unkind to ourselves when we are in pain and most need our own support and nurture. Our culture teaches us to tighten up and turn away from pain, our own and others’. But with gentle practice and curious exploration, we can learn to compassionately open to life’s inevitable difficulties and pains, reducing our suffering, inviting healing and building emotional resilience.
Please bring a journal.
Prior sign up is preferred so that we can gauge the numbers in attendance and have materials prepared.
Some prior meditation experience is recommended, but not required.
Offered for a suggested donation:
$50 for the series of four classes or
Base rate: $10-15; Students/supportive rate: $5; Benefactor rate: $15-20+
per session. Payments may be paid online or at the door.
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If your circumstances do not allow you to make a contribution,
please enjoy the class free of charge with our blessings.
About this class
This class will include guided meditations, journal exercises and self-inquiry. Teachings and meditations will drawn from the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Abodes: Kindness, Compassion, Resonant Joy and Equanimity, and the work of Sharon Salzburg, Tara Brach and Bruce Tift. Journal exercises and inquiry are drawn from the work of self-compassion experts Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, whose books and websites are highly recommended.
Please bring a journal.
About the Teacher
Suzanne has been meditating in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition since 1992 and has been a member of the Bozeman Insight Community since moving here in 1998. She completed Sprit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leader training program in 2017. She has also spent 12 years exploring modalities of western psychology (as a lay person) and how the tools of meditation can be used in psychological and emotional healing. She completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course Teacher training in 2016.
Everyone is welcome at Dharma Center programs and resident group meetings.
The Dharma Center is an inclusive, safe refuge for all ages, all sizes, all colors, all sexes, all religions, all beliefs, all cultures, all types, of all people.
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