Once we have developed loving kindness and compassion towards ourselves, the incessant preoccupation with ourselves relaxes, and our interest naturally shifts to other people. The challenge now is to love more inclusively.
Life is all about relationship, and most of the stress and suffering we experience in our lives gets triggered in our human interactions. How do we develop genuine caring and compassion for others when the primary impulse is to close down again? The key to expanding our ability to genuinely care for others is to recognize through interactions with others the hidden feelings that act as filters to distort our experience and hinder true communication. By exploring easier relationships first then gradually progressing to include difficult ones, we can uncover genuine open-heartedness, natural presence, and true connection or inter-Being. We will apply R.A.I.N. to Recognize, Allow, Investigate, and Not identify with difficult feelings in our relationships.
Every class will be recorded and made available weekly to registered students for listening and/or downloading via the internet. Participants are encouraged to use the guided meditations for daily practice. With the recordings you’ll never have to miss a class.
You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant