This February, I’m celebrating Compassion for several reasons:
First of all, #1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, one of the forums I love, turns one year old on 20 February. The intention behind this movement is to spread compassion around the world. Having experienced the power of compassion, I’m joining the celebration of their first anniversary.
In some ways, my own (conscious) practice of compassion started about a year ago. I first experienced giving myself compassion to dissipate difficult emotions and experiences in the context of 1:1 sessions. Samantha Nolan-Smith, my business mentor, asked me to visualise the struggling part of me sitting across, to focus on my heart centre and to send her compassion. To be honest, I was sceptical. How saying ‘I’m so sorry blah-blah’ could change anything? Yet by the end of each session, the struggling part of me looked brighter and happier, I felt lighter, and my life circumstances started changing too. Maybe there was something more to it, I decided and dedicated the whole month of July writing about compassion.
Incidentally, Edward Mannix, the creator of the Compassion Key ran a three week introductory course in July of last year. I was swept away by the results and transformation this practice offered and went on to work with Edward for six months, both in the context of online programmes and privately. The only word that captures the essence of this work is ‘miracle’. That’s exactly what he calls his own private sessions, because by giving themselves compassion, his clients healed major illnesses, overcame all sorts of difficulties in their lives, transformed unhealthy patterns and had significant breakthroughs.
I’m super excited to share that on 3 February, I’ve started a six-month certification programme in the Compassion Key with Edward. I feel this is a whole new chapter of my life, and I’m buzzing with excitement as I’m sharing this news with you. This also means that in the next six months I’ll be practicing the Compassion Key a lot, so if you’d like a free taster of this tool, please let me know. To qualify, I need to have about 20-30 practice hours with my certification group, and 20-30 hours with people who have little or no experience of the Compassion Key.
But before I dive into offering free sessions, I’m taking a break to re-charge and celebrate my family. You see, all our birthdays are within one month: my husband is born on 6 February, my son turned three on 14 February, my daughter is one year old on 27 February, and my birthday is on 5 March. So, I’m signing off the Internet from 20 to 28 February. I’ll be back in early March to continue spreading compassion. I hope you can join me.