Mindfulness, Compassion and Joy
With Annie Akasati McAuley
Saturday 22 June 2019
Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Everyday moments can trigger feelings of joy: witnessing the joyful play of a child or experiencing a moment of uplift when in nature, listening to music or doing an activity we enjoy.
Bringing greater attention to these moments can have the effect of brightening our outlook, so we experience more happiness and gratitude for the good things in our life.
When facing difficulties, we welcome kind responses from others and find it painful if they react with critical judgments. Most of us, most of the time, are able to be sympathetic when people around us are going through a hard time. But how do we react to our own difficulties? Are we compassionate, or do we heap self-criticism on top of the suffering that is already there?
The quality of compassion is implicit in mindfulness, which is often described as 'non-judgmental awareness'. The more aware we are, for example in response to difficult feelings, the better placed we are to have a genuinely helpful response.
...it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day
to mail letters and purchase bread...
From 'Kindness' by Naomi Shihab Nye
A small group workshop with Annie Akasati McAuley
Sunday 31 March, 10.30am - 4.30pm
The Wilbury Clinic, 64 Wilbury Road, HOVE, BN3 3PY
THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!
Feeling that we are ‘seen’ and understood can have a profoundly healing effect. It is possible to give this kind, understanding response to ourselves. The more we do this, the more our compassion flows naturally to others.
Can we learn to be more truly kind, compassionate and joyful? Absolutely! We can learn practices for cultivating kindness, compassion and gratitude, opening our heart more fully to both the sufferings and joys that we humans all share.
On this day there will be guided meditations, discussion and interactive activities on the theme, with some underpinning theory from experts in the field.
There will be a one-hour break for lunch, during which you are welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat at Evolution or for a picnic on the beach - or eat at one of the many cafes around.