Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 103

Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing Series II: Relating to Others Skill 8: Compassion Compassion is the desire to address the needs of another grounded in care for their well-being. Learning Outcomes On the most basic level, this skill requires three things: noticing another’s needs, experiencing empathic concern for them and feeling empowered Content to act skillfully and meaningfully. True compassion ● Participants will learn that compassion is not weakness. should not increase one’s own suffering, but instead Instead participants will learn that compassion is the should build confidence, hope and energy. Like motivation to alleviate the suffering of another, which empathy, compassion is biologically-based, but takes great strength and gives us strength. must be expanded so that it does not remain limited to our in-group. Extended compassion recognizes the universality of human value and seeks to meet the needs of others out of a genuine sense of concern for their well-being regardless of their relationship to ourselves. ● Participants will learn the three necessary components of compassion – seeing needs, having empathic concern for the one suffering and feeling confident that one has the ability to do something to help the other. ● Participants will learn that suffering and needs occur on multiple levels, not just obvious ones. Practice ● Participants will increase their ability to resolve to extend compassion by experiencing wishing, aspirational and engaged compassion. ● Participants will increase their awareness in the universality of needs and suffering and thereby extend their compassion beyond in-groups. Ce n t e r for Compa s sion, I n teg r i t y a nd S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 97 -