Compassion & Self-Compassion
Sense the moment.
Ancient wisdom for the present time.
Compassion and non-judgmental noticing are keys to mindful awareness. You cannot think or act mindfully if you do not also hold a certain amount of awareness of and compassion for others and yourself.
The Importance of Compassion Practices
Engaging in focused compassion practices, allows you to work with the roots of compassion that already lie within you.
On nurturing empathetic tendencies, you build them into active, intentional parts of your daily life.
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reactivity vs. Compassionate Consideration
Without a compassionate view, we will continue with our usual habits of analyzing harshly, and rush to draw conclusions. Instead of brainstorming for creative solutions, and considering options, we will be more reactive and closed-minded in our approach.
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Benefits of Compassion Practices
Within your formal meditation time, you can become aware of, and learn to focus on compassionately considered viewpoints. This kind awareness you cultivate is then available to you during the day, even outside of your formal meditation time.
Research in the fields of meditation and compassion is showing that these practices have effectively helped people to:
- Reduce stress
- Reduce feelings of alienation
- Dissipate, and work with, anger and fear
To feel compassion is, in essence, to feel a connectedness with others. With a compassionate view, we tend to notice what we hold in common. We can notice one another’s desire to live happily and free of pain, and on noticing this, we can begin to find solutions that bring us together rather than set us apart.
Join our drop-in classes to learn more. Compassion is essential to mindfulness meditation & Yoga.
I’ve always heard that when the student is ready, the teacher will arrive. The logic was somewhat lost on me. Would I not seek and therefore find what I required? But when Monica came into my life, just as so many others seem to everyday, something changed. It seemed subtle and sweet and almost unnoticeable until profound shifts started to occur. So quietly and gently her words and actions began to change how I saw the world and myself. It was my journey, my experience, my deep knowing that she helped me to see. Her work is wise and profound while feeling grounded and relevant to our daily lives. It was so beautiful that I now consider her a true gift in my life and I treasure her very presence. I was unaware that I was ready for the teacher – perhaps you are, too.
Monica is a wise, compassionate, knowledgeable meditation teacher. Monica’s classes are a nurturing and safe environment to learn and ask questions to build a foundation and understanding to allow you to create your own mindfulness practice. Empathetic, and highly intuitive Monica is an expert at guiding and teaching a variety of meditation practices. I highly recommend Monica’s meditation classes, it has been a life changing experience bringing my life into balance, an increased sense of well being and peace.
Monica was someone that I feel I was meant to meet and interact with. I am typically a very anxious person but by the second session – with the guidance of Monica – I was really able to calm myself down. She has a deep understanding of the human body and how it is meant to work and be treated. I appreciate everything she taught me in those sessions and I still continue to listen to her meditation tapes. I would recommend Monica and the mindfulness class to everyone I know.
Monica is a gifted and giving teacher who guided me through the basics of mindful meditation with patience and grace. She has a deep understanding of the thinking and benefits of mindful meditation and answered my numerous questions with clarity and precision. She has the unique ability to see what most people do not see and brings this intuition into her practice. As a result, I often came away from the session feeling like I had made a shift in my thinking and gained a different presence of mind. Thanks to Monica, I can start my day from a place of peace and now have techniques to bring me back to the present moment when my thoughts get away from me. Learning and working with Monica has been a very helpful and transformative experience. I highly recommend it.
Each week, I am more and more impressed by Monica’s depth of knowledge and her ability to share it in a way that is meaningful to both of us. She guides us through each session with grace and professionalism. After only 4 weeks, I am already more easily able to manage the never-ending daily drip of stressors and irritations, my focus at work has improved, and I feel happier. Thanks to Monica, I am spending more time actually living my life and less time worrying about it.
Monica has the most calming voice and presence I’ve ever experienced during guided meditation. The moment she starts a session, her voice alone makes my entire body and mind relax like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Monica is the epitome of love and light and peace. Thank you, Monica.