Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)

with Shastri Sue Gilman

October 26th—November 23rd

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Room: Decatur

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT)

Saturdays October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23

2 - 6 pm

CIT was created at the Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics at Life University and is being taught in prisons, schools, and most recently in a partnership with UNESCO. The program is centered around developing resiliency and is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma-informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science. It builds off the work of Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge (author of The Fifth Discipline), as well as initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and more.

Compassion can be fostered by stabilizing our mind, cultivating a sense of connectedness to others, and recognizing that suffering is common to everyone. By learning skills to calm our bodies and minds, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity.

This interactive course includes large and small group discussions, experiential learning activities, reflective writing, mindful dialogues, and contemplative practices.

People in over 30 countries around the world have taken CIT. It has been used in diverse settings including businesses, schools, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters. It has been beneficial to managers, educators, social workers, medical and mental health professionals, students, prisoners, and others wishing to reduce stress, build resiliency, improve relationships, and/or simply foster this universal human value. 

The course is organized into 3 sections where 10 skills are taught. Each of the five Saturdays will cover 2 skills.

Series I: Self-Cultivation
1. Calming Body and Mind
2. Ethical Mindfulness
3. Emotional Awareness
4. Self-Compassion

Series II: Relating to Others
5. Impartiality and Common Humanity
6. Forgiveness and Gratitude
7. Empathic Concern
8. Compassion

Series III: Engaging in Systems
9. Appreciating Interdependence

  1. Engaging with Discernment