Psychedelic Meditation is excited to land the 7th session in our series – Compassion and Empathy.
They say the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of others. Or, as the great Buddhist saint Shantideva put it, back in the 8th century :
All the joy the world contains
Has come through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
Has come from wanting pleasure for oneself.
Our capacity to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes - to feel their pain, and wish for their happiness - is one of the most heart-opening qualities to cultivate. However, modern life can often cause us to harden towards others, to put our own pleasure before others’ needs, and even at times to get a little lost in the ‘story of me and my own shit’.
When we get caught up in this, our capacity to build bridges and act from a place of true love and insight into selflessness, can be compromised. This can lead a person to the very sense of disconnect that lies at the root of so many problems the world currently faces.
Empathy and compassion on the other hand can draw us out of our narrow self, it allows our consciousness to expand beyond the confines of our own skin, and is the gateway to a loving heart and peace of mind.
In this session, we will be guiding meditators deep into their squishy, juicy hearts and the treasures they hold.
* Please arrive at 6:45pm for a start at 7pm.
* We recommend bringing a blanket to keep cosy and warm.
* Cushions or chairs will be provided.
* Tea will be provided.
Who will be guiding this session?
Michael is a London based meditation teacher who co-created 'Mindkit', a London-wide programme with the mental health charity 'Mind', which introduced 16,000 young people to meditation. He is also the co-founder of 'The Present Moment Project' where he teaches meditation to organisations and the public, with an emphasis on reaching the most marginalised and hard to reach groups.
Jen Lhamo is a London-based meditation teacher and trainee transpersonal psychotherapist. She works for the Psychedelic Society and facilitates some of the Experience weekends (https://psychedelicsociety.org.uk/experience-weekends). For over ten years, Jen has been following a rigorous meditation training under the close guidance of a Tibetan Buddhist master. She has spent over 500 days in retreat and loves exploring the synergy between psychotherapy, and psychedelic and meditative non-ordinary states of consciousness.
DISCLAIMER: If you have struggled with your emotional wellbeing, or are currently moving through something particularly difficult, please get in touch with us so we can discuss whether this is the right time for you to explore these practices, and make sure we support you as best we can.