Session 1: Compassion and Empathy in the Workplace
No matter what field you’re working in, deeply connecting with your employees, clients, customers, students or patients can be vitally important. Share your experiences and learn from others.
Note: This is a sharing session not a workshop or training session. However we will share resources that may be helpful if you wish to pursue further learning in this area.
Date: January 31st at 7:00 to 8:00 pm EDT.
Location: Sessions will be held virtually on zoom. They are accessible any where in the US.
Cost: Free. Donations welcome.
Program Description: The hour will start with an introduction to mindfulness and include a short mindfulness practice you can use at any time throughout your day. After this introduction, each participant will have a chance to respond to the following two questions:
Question #1: Describe a particular situation when empathy and compassion played a significant part in an interaction in the workplace. You might have been a boss, an employee, a customer, client, or patient in this situation.
Question #2: Describe a particular situation at work when you found having empathy or expressing compassion was challenging. How did you handle this situation? What might you do if a similar situation arose in the future?
Program purpose: Mindfulness is the capacity to be aware of what is happening in the present moment with a quality of attention that is curious, open and accepting.
These sessions are about mindful listening and practicing the principles underlying a mindfulness practice which include beginners mind, trust, acceptance, letting be, patience, non-striving and non-judgment.
When we listen deeply to ourselves and to each other, we create an open, spacious awareness that can be deeply nourishing and informative. Here is how Parker Palmer describes such a “circle of trust” in his book A Hidden Wholeness:
Convinced that people lack inner guidance and wishing to “help” them, we feel obligated to tell others what we think they need to know… But we can learn a more creative way to be present to each other…
A circle of trust has no agenda except to help people learn to listen to their own inner wisdom and discern their own truth. Its purpose is not to help people recommit to a particular role or even become better at it, though one or both may happen…Its singular purpose is to support the inner journey of each person in the group, to help each person listen to his or her inner teacher.
Video: Incorporating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice
Learn how a mindfulness practice helps a nurse find more compassion for her patients. Please view the video below prior to the networking session.
“Most people don’t know how to listen because the major part of listening is taken up by thinking. They pay more attention to that than what the other person is saying, and none at all to what really matters: the Being of the other person underneath the words and the mind. Really listening to another is one of the most precious gifts we can give another.” The Power of Now,
Mindful listening is not about dialogue, discussion or debate. It’s about hearing the deepest concerns, wishes, or yearnings of another person.
When listening to another person, don’t just listen with your mind, listen with your whole body. Feel the energy field of your inner body as you listen. That takes attention away from thinking and creates a still space that enables you to truly listen without the mind interfering. You are giving the other person space – space to be. It is the most precious gift you can give another. Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
This session is for mindful listening. It is not the time for analysis, judgment, problem solving, agreeing, disagreeing, or giving advice.