“May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.”
– John O´Donohue
This line from John O’Donohue’s poem “For Belonging’”can perhaps be an inspiration for us all, for the year ahead.
The poem was read at the end of the online Teacher Training in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living which ended in December 2023. It was a wonderful two-month journey with participants from diverse professional backgrounds, and a truly international adventure, bringing together people from the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, England-Luxembourg, Poland-Spain.
The modest groupsize proved ideal for a deep, intimate process of learning together. There was much appreciation of each other’s courage to be vulnerable, honoring our shared humanity and interconnectedness with the world around.
Cultivating compassion is about planting seeds to take better care of ourselves, each other and the world at large, growing our capacity to heal individually and collectively. It begins with our willingness to look within, with kindness in our gaze. And it grows into a wider sense of belonging to a world we are all part of.
Online English-spoken MBCL Teacher Trainings are alternately organised by the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches and The Mindfulness Network.
With gratitude for all inspiring meetings in 2023 and looking forward to those to come. Warm greetings!
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