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18th Jun 2022
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Half-day Online Meditation Workshop
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Compassion

Using compassion to heal early attachment wounds and develop healthier relationships

Half-day Online Meditation Workshop
  • Date: Saturday, 18th Jun 2022
  • Instructor: Cedric Reeves
  • Cost: Sliding scale
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In this workshop, we'll clarify what compassion is, how to cultivate it, and its benefits. More specifically, we'll focus on how to use compassion meditation to help us heal our attachment conditioning and how compassion supports healthy relationships with others.

Moreover, in my view, developing compassion simply helps bring about adult emotional maturation process more quickly.

The technique that we'll use is Tong Len, a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Meditation. Compassion is a universal virtue. You don't have to be a Buddhist to do this practice.

Format

  • Half-day Online Meditation Workshop: 3 sessions of 60 minutes each.
  • Live Online Sessions: The live sessions will be hosted on Zoom. An email with the zoom links will be sent to you after you have registered.
  • Q&A: There will be opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A section.

Attendance & Recordings

  • Partial attendance is fine - however you get best results if you attend all sessions.
  • Late Starts: You can join even after it has started.
  • View at your own pace: The event will be recorded and sent out to registered participants for viewing on your own schedule.

Event Date & Time

This workshop will run twice in order to be accessible to people in different time zones. The content is exactly the same. You will get the access details for both after signing up.

18th Jun 2022

Workshop Schedule

There will be 3 sessions of 60 minutes each, for 5 hours total.

Each session is like this:

Duration Activity
10 mins Lecture
40 mins Guided Meditation
5 mins Q&A

Workshop Overview

This program is suitable for beginners to meditation and healing work.

Meditation Technique

Tong Len is said to all include four sublime emotions: Loving Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity. It also is a training in the practice of generosity, ethics, tolerance, effort, concentration and wisdom, all at once.

Incorporation of the Schemas

More specifically, we’ll direct the compassion towards all those who (including ourselves) experience suffering around the five attachment Schemas described by Jeffrey Young (Schema Therapy). They are:
  • Abandonment and Instability
  • Mistrust and Abuse
  • Emotional Deprivation
  • Defectiveness and Shame
  • Social Isolation and Alienation

Relating to the Schemas to our lives

We will use the sentence stems to help us understand how these schemas color our view of ourselves and the world and how we then go about responding to these skewed ways of viewing:
  1. “When I am seeing the world from this schema I see myself like so……. (fill in the blank) and the world is like so…………(fill in the blank).”
  2. Seeing myself and the world this way I must respond in the following way…….(fill in the blank)
We will use the compassion practice to bring about emotionally corrective experiences that will generate a new more positive view of self, other, and world thereby healing the negative schema.

Mentalization

In addition to healing these schemas, the guided meditations will help us do perspective taking, helping us understand cause and effect. We’ll understand better how we fit in in the world and with others. We’ll see how the negative conditioning that brought on these schemas are common, and how we are not to blame.

Resistance

Resistance is a normal part of the healing process. We will learn to understand and value our own resistance, developing openness, and compassion towards it; not pushing it away.

This meditation course draws on

  • Tong Len Compassion Meditation (Tibetan Vajrayana Buddist)
  • Attachment Theory (Bowlby, Ainsworth, et al)
  • Schema Therapy (Young, et al)
  • Coherence Therapy (Ecker, et al)
  • Buddhist Visualization Practices
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Adult Attachment Interview (Main, et al)
  • Embodiment practices

Second Lecture and Guided Meditation

The second lecture will provide another opportunity for question and answer. Additionally we’ll discuss the motivation to heal in such away to be both personally happier and also to be of greater service to others. Moreover, we will discuss how and why compassion is a natural and necessary outcome of deep and proper spiritual practice.

This Workshop is suitable for beginners

Tong Len is a safe practice for beginners. But, it can be kinda weird if you aren’t used to it. Metta (loving-kindness) or breath/concentration practice should be used if Tong Len starts to get more difficult.

Miscellaneous Notes

There will be time for Q&A and spot coaching.

We will be doing deep work. For that reason please feel free to take a break at any point.

Who is this for?

This program is for those of us who...

  • are looking to improve their psychological health, especially those who have tried other healing modalities with disappointing results.
  • have problems with exploration and self development, relationships and emotional regulation
  • want to optimise their psychological health

Healing Together

Shared interest and social support can make meditation practice, study, and healing much easier. Make friends in the course on the slack channel and invite friends who you think could benefit to participate in the course.

Benefits

These are some of the benefits you will have by the end of the program

Theoretical Understanding

  • The importance of forgiveness and how to cultivate it
  • Understanding of how insecure attachment forms an important foundation of adult mental health

Psychological

  • A better ability to observe your mind with metacognitive awareness as a result of the mentalization exercises peppered through the guided meditations
  • Better able to use forgiveness as an antidote to negative mental states (anger, holding grudges etc)
  • Less blame of self or others

For your relationships

  • More forgiveness = easier relationships that repair more quickly after the inevitable ruptures that occur

Support Structure

  • A sense of camaraderie as a result of seeing how our psychological difficulties are rooted in common experiences that affect us all
  • A Slack group to continue discussion going forward

Frequently Asked Questions

About Participation

Are there any prerequisites to attend?

Is the course compatible with therapy/counselling/psychotherapy?

Technical Questions

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What is the refund policy?

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Testimonials

This is what participants of prior Workshops have to say:

Dani

Thank you for continuing to make these classes. When I am able to attend, they make a really positive contribution to my mental health :)

Registration

This event is offered on a sliding scale to be accessible to anyone.

If you truly cannot afford the minimum rate, contact us. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Tier 4

$120

I have enough resources and would like to support others.

Tier 3

$80

I have sufficient resources.

Tier 2

$40

I have some resources.

Tier 1

$20+

I don't have the resources (pay whatever you can)

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$120 – I have enough resources and would like to support others, $80 – I have sufficient resources, $40 – I have some resources, Pay what you can – I don't have the resources

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Please note: This program is offered for educational purposes only and is not group-therapy, counselling or any kind of other psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for the aforementioned. The instructor Cedric Reeves is a meditation teacher, not a psychotherapist, counsellor, or otherwise therapist.