Why do I need to have practiced some mindfulness before I come to the MBCL course?
Having some basic mindfulness training gives us some stability of mind and provides some ground on which to work with the compassion practices. When we begin actively practicing self compassion and extending this care towards others we can have a strong response - in the opposite direction! It may bring up self-criticism and dislike – especially if we have had not so much kindness in our early life, or if we have been practicing meanness for a while. Having some grounding in mindfulness practice helps us explore and work through these difficult but worthwhile experiences.
The founders of MBCL (on which our course is based) have designed the course as a graduate program for people who have some initial mindfulness training. They found that having completed an eight week practice-based mindfulness course (like MSBR, MBCT, MiCBT or Breathworks) helps a lot in engaging with the Compassionate Living program. If you have had another introduction to mindfulness (through ACT, DBT or an app) this may also be fine, but these programs usually don't often offer an immersion in practice each day. Check it out with the teacher of your course.
Can I do MBCL by Distance?
Yes you can.
The Distance Compassion course is an alive, personalised, responsive, real-time engagement between the teacher, the participants and the practice. There are no mute buttons or no pre-recorded sessions. There is a group feel to the class, even though it is usually conducted by Zoom or the phone in small groups (up to 4).
There is time and space for your own process to be shared and explored just like in the ordinary course. There is also time for live practice together and inquiry into practice.
You can also do the Distance Program one-on-one.