Paul Gilbert defines the essence of compassion as a basic kindness, with a deep awareness of suffering of oneself and of other living things, coupled with the wish to relieve it. It is one of the most important qualities of the human mind. Compassion has not only been encouraged as a spiritual and moral pursuit in many religions, but is also seen as a major healing process for our turbulent minds and relationships. (The Compassionate Mind, 2009).
Research is also showing that the way we relate to ourselves, kindly or critically – in an affectionate or hostile way, have a major influence on our ability to deal with life’s difficulties and to create within ourselves a sense of well-being. Gilbert states that in we have become trapped in a competitive world that only seeks efficiency and profit maximization.
It appears increasingly important to develop an understanding of how the modern demanding and often threatening, world impacts on our capacity for compassion and our ability to maintain a sense of well-being.
Compassion-focussed Therapy provides us with a clear pathway to explore the value of kindness, warmth and affection in our lives and the lives of others around us.
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