Welcome to Bend, Margy!

By | Compassion

Happy June, friends!

I’m excited to welcome my friend, colleague and fellow CCT instructor, Margy Lim, to Bend!

Margy and I will be co-facilitating CCT in the fall and working together to grow the CCT community in Central Oregon. Here’s an introduction to you from Margy:

Durinmy years of working as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist both in private practice and as a staff clinician at the Stanford University Faculty Staff Help Center, I observed that compassion for self is in short supply. In our competitive culture, many people are hard on themselves and suffer as a result.

When I was introduced to the study of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) at Stanford, I learned a valuable set of science-based skills and ideas developed to alleviate suffering and have since taught them to clients and the general public. Self-compassion is, in the deepest sense, self-care and fosters resilience and a feeling of connectedness, often reducing feelings of anxiety and depression.

In teaching CCT, my aim is to teach the skills necessary to cultivate and maintain a sense of kindness toward self and others and to enhance the sense of wellbeing in our homes, communities and places of work in order to prepare us for life’s inevitable challenges.

Recently retired from clinical work at Stanford, my husband and I relocated to Bend to be with our daughter’s family and to welcome their first baby. My interests include the study of new developments in neuroscience, particularly where it supports the teaching of compassion cultivation; the study of classical piano; hiking and maintaining my working knowledge of French.

I certiainly look forward to working with Margy! I hope you can join us for our co-facilitated CCT class this fall at OSU-Cascades on Mondays from 4 to 6pm September 17th through November 5th.  Click here for more info and to register.

Wishing you love, joy and fun! 💕

-Aly

Book Recommendation: A Mind at Home with Itself

By | Book Recommendation

If you know me or have taken Compassion Cultivation Training© with me, you probably know how much I love and benefit from The Work of Byron Katie. I’ve been practicing The Work, which is a meditative inquiry process, for about 10 years and can’t imagine where I’d be without it!

Katie’s latest book, A Mind at Home with Itself, written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell, includes powerful insights into the Diamond Sutra, and Katie’s description of – what else? What it’s like to live in a mind that’s at home with itself! Imagine if you loved and welcomed every thought that popped into your mind – even the judgmental and negative ones?

Katie explains, “I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional.”

To give you a taste of how The Work works, here are a couple of videos of Katie walking through it with people: 1) I made the wrong decision, 2) Why isn’t he vulnerable?

If you’d like to try out this powerful, super practical and compassionate practice, there are plenty of resources available on Katie’s website: thework.com. All Katie’s books are amazing, and A Mind at Home with Itself is one I’ll revisit over and over.

Enjoy!

-Aly

 

Science of Compassion

By | Compassion

Everytime I facilitate a Compassion Cultivation Training© class, I learn more and deepen my practice of compassion. It’s an incredible, ever-renewing and endless resource for me – a source of strength, purpose and calm.

Here are a few of my favorite Science of Compassion resources for you to explore:

  • Video of Emiliana Simon-Thomas describing the brain structures involved in compassion.
  • Randomized controlled trial of CCT and enhancing compassion, 2012 full paper
  • CCT study on mindfulness, affect and emotion regulation published in 2013, full paper.
  • Study on CCT and mind wandering published 2015, full paper.
  • Videos of past conferences, presentations and events at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
  • Peer reviewed CCARE articles.
  • The Wellspring Institute’s library of key scientific papers on brain science, relationships, well-being, and more.

Happy researching!

-Aly

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