Why I love teaching Compassion Cultivation Training

Last Monday, at The Mindful Society conference here in Toronto, I had the wonderful honour of co-leading a full day of Compassion Training with the esteemed Geshe Thupten Jinpa , author of A Fearless Heart and the Compassion Cultivation Training program. It got me thinking more about why exactly I love teaching this CCT program so much. It has a lot to do with what the theme of The Mindful Society conference was this year “Be, Act, Belong”


In many media posts about personal development, it seems there is often a lot of talk about self-compassion and resilience . For me, teaching CCT is rewarding because of the potential it has to have a broader impact. “Resilience” is not another individualistic self-improvement project.
Sometimes it seems that our competitive, achievement focused culture assumes that improvement/growth happens in a vacuum of the individual person. But, what if resilience and growth came more from the environment and community that supports us?

What if resilience and growth of the individual is a collective endeavour? What if we extended the Hilary Clinton adage “It takes a village to raise a child” to “It takes a village to support any one individual.... wherever they may be in their journey” *

For me, teaching CCT classes cultivates and strengthens the shared responsibility we have to make the world a more supportive and caring place. The process of cultivating compassion over 8 weeks of meeting weekly and practicing together helps us all get unstuck from the small “self” and any number of endless options for *self* improvement and *personal* development. Cultivating compassion must ultimately have a broader impact in our environment and community if it is to genuinely have meaning and purpose. This is the reason I love teaching CCT.

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How Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help To Increase Motivation and Self-Discipline

How Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help To Increase Motivation and Self-Discipline

We’re natural time travelers. Most of the time, we’re either living in the past or worrying about the future, which makes it hard to focus and get things done!

Being able to dive into the past or imagine what lies ahead is a useful tool for learning and strategizing. However, when you’re too focused on what happened in the past or what will happen in the future you miss out on what is right in front of you – the present.