Session 6 – Compassion
The aim of this session is to introduce self-compassion. Mindfulness involves a kind and self-compassionate stance toward the self. Rather than a self-compassionate attitude, many people suffer from a non-accepting and self-critical relationship with the self. The nature of this relationship is perhaps most clearly reflected by the inner critic: an internal voice that criticizes the self. In this session, you become acquainted with your inner critic and learn how to effectively cultivate a friendly and caring relationship with the self by increasing awareness of the inner critic and practicing self-compassion through meditation and self-caring action.
Session 7 – The Ego
The goal of this session is to clarify the relationship between mindfulness and the self. At the deepest level, mindfulness practice cultivates a different relationship with the self. The observing stance that becomes stronger after repeated and consistent mindfulness practice allows participants to take a step back from all kinds of thoughts, including identity-related thoughts. Identity, which can be described as a rather static and thought-based story of “me”, makes room for a more dynamic sense of self, which can be described as an ever-present observer. This observer is aware of the stories about the self and it is thus by definition different from the stories themselves. In this session, several exercises allow you to experience the difference between the self as a story and the self as an observer.