Inquiry is the component of teaching mindfulness and compassion that intrigues and confounds most teachers. We can become adept at teaching topics, leading meditations and exercises, and reading poetry, but inquiry will always be a live, fresh, unrepeatable process. Inquiry is as complex as any authentic human encounter and it’s as simple as showing up. For this reason, we rarely get it right and we rarely it wrong. Inquiry is an art that we can develop as long as we live.
Inquiry is also a learning process with profound implications for any therapeutic encounter. It is a self-to-other dialogue that mirrors the self-to-self relationship we wish to cultivate. For example, one way to teach self-compassion is to be compassionate. But how do we sustain our compassion in the midst of empathic pain, the urge to help, and the stresses of the workplace? And how do we find the right words when we feel anything but compassionate?
This daylong workshop is an experiential journey into the heart of inquiry. Mindfulness teachers will be able to refresh their skills and discover new dimensions of practicing inquiry, especially essential elements of inquiry in compassion training. Psychotherapists and healthcare workers will learn how inquiry can enhance both the effectiveness of their work and the satisfaction they derive from it. All participants will have a direct experience of loving, connected presence and learn new skills for bringing this beneficial state of mind into their professional lives.