Deepening Kindness & Compassion

$360.00

Our society, as others, often tells us to “be nice.” When you learn to wear the mask of niceness, it feels inauthentic, separates you from others, and causes you to overextend yourself in ways that can cause resentment.  How can you learn to be kind to yourself and others instead?  

The world’s wisdom traditions emphasize loving ourselves and others, which often feels easier said than done. During this 6-week class, you will learn practices to stop judging yourself and others and to deepen your loving kindness and compassion.

All classes are currently delivered through Zoom, an online meeting tool. When in person classes become a safe possibility, we may move to in-person class delivery in our Houston studio. At that point, students will have the choice to join each class in-person or through Zoom.

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Key Takeaways

  • Understand the difference between Niceness and Kindness.
  • Find strategies to be more Kind, without judgment if you are caught in Niceness.
  • Examine beliefs that cause you to be nice or to be kind.
  • Understand the difference between Loving Kindness & Compassion.
  • Bring compassion to moments you are caught in unworthiness or shame.
  • Learn practices to strengthen Loving Kindness and Compassion for self and others.

Course Description

Sometimes you are nice and sometimes, kind.  That is true of all of us.  The first two classes begin with a discussion of the difference between “niceness” and “kindness,” allowing you to examine differences in times when you have been nice and times you were kind. While in no way judging yourself, you become more aware through this process.  How did you feel?  What were you believing?  How do you think others felt?  What happened in those relationships?  You will also learn about scientific research on the benefits of kindness.

The third class focuses on the kind act of setting intentions and identifying actions which can help you to better meet your intentions.

Class Four distinguishes between practices of loving kindness and compassion, noticing how each practice feels in the body. 

Class Five engages in discussion of your thoughts of unworthiness or shame, and how you might bring more self-compassion to those moments. 

Class Six also focuses on building self-compassion for yourself and others through forgiveness.

This class raises awareness, as do the other classes.  It is not intended to set up a duality of nice vs. kind, causing you to judge yourself more harshly; rather to notice what your experiences are when you are acting from one place or another.  

Participation in this class requires you to go deep within your experience.  It requires self-reflection, self-honesty, and participation in the group discussions.  However, you always have the choice whether or not to participate in any specific discussion.

Typical Class Structure:

  • Teaching and Information sharing – Class includes teaching and discussion of weekly worksheets.  Participation is important.
  • Experiential meditation practices – All classes begin with a grounding meditation.

Instructors

Ann Friedman, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, November 10th – December 22nd, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Additional Information

Location:

All classes are currently delivered through Zoom, an online meeting tool. When in person classes become a safe possibility, we may move to in-person class delivery in our Houston studio. At that point, students will have the choice to join each class in-person or through Zoom.

Mindful Being Studio
4544 Post Oak Place Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027

*NOTE: Please be sure to type this address exactly into your navigation app as there are several variations of the Post Oak street name in our area. We want to be sure that you are specifically routed to our building.

Parking:

There is free parking available in the front and rear of our office building. For students attending the night classes, we want you to know there is a security guard on staff.

Please note that the building doors lock at 6pm, so you will need to enter through the back door of the building — this is where the security guard is located. 

Other Items to Note:

(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)

Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes. 

Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak. 

We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, that is fine, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. We understand that things can happen beyond your control, however, and we would rather have you come late than not at all. 

If you will miss a class, please inform the instructor.   You may attend a make-up class when the series is offered again or take the entire series again for free.  You may also schedule a private make up session for an additional fee.

You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio. 

There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).

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