Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers.
The process of cultivating compassion involves training our own minds, developing specific skills in how we relate to others, and ourselves and intentionally choosing compassionate thoughts and actions. In CCT, the training process includes:
- Daily meditation practices to develop lovingkindness, empathy, and compassion
- A two-hour weekly class that includes lecture, discussion, and in-class partner and small-group listening and communication exercises
- Real-world “homework” assignments to practice compassionate thoughts and actions
In this program, you will learn . . .
- Increase kindness and compassion for yourself and others
- Develop profound levels of serenity, resilience, and creativity
- Calm your mind and direct thoughts more positively
- Access a variety of self-care skills and techniques
Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more empathy and concern for others. It develops the strength to be with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience to prevent compassion fatigue. These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal relationships to making a positive difference in the world.
Compassion cultivation can also support one’s own health, happiness, and well-being. Preliminary research suggests that CCT and similar programs can increase self-compassion and self-care, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and enhance connection with others.
No experience required!
www.compassioncamp.com for more information!