During this 4-part in-depth series we explore four relational qualities: kindness, compassion/compassion, fellow joy and equanimity. These qualities allow us to deal with ourselves and others in a wise and generous way.
These four life friends, which in Buddhism are also called the four 'heavenly abodes', can be developed without limit to ourselves and to other people and animals. This can help us find happiness, inner peace, joy and balance.
We explore the four life friends from Buddhism, from neuropsychology and from contemporary positive psychology. Frits sheds light on the connection between the four life friends and the value of the practice of mindfulness. This as a basis for being able to listen inwardly and tune in to which life friend fits best in your life at the moment.
The In-depth series 'Mindfulness and the four Life Friends' can contribute to a life with more connection with yourself and with others.
This in-depth series is suitable for you if you are already familiar with the practice of mindfulness and need a life with more gentleness, joy and inner balance – to yourself and to the world around you.
Not sure if it could be for you? Please contact Team Support.
On each theme page you will find a pre-recorded lecture, supporting texts, exercises and in-depth quotes. In addition, you can share a question or experience with Frits and other participants at any time.
Because there are no live sessions, you can start with this In-depth series whenever it suits you.
This is what you can expect
- Four lectures about the four Friends of Life – recorded in high image quality – of approximately 30 minutes per lecture.The four life friends are treated one by one, in conjunction with each other and the practice of mindfulness.
Ucomprehensive support reading material for the deepening of the Friends of Life.
This includes explanations about:
- The difference between empathy and compassion.
- Pitfalls of Practicing Compassion.
- What to do in case of inner counter reactions, such as old hurt, possessiveness or feeling shortchanged.
- Pitfalls in the practice.
- Eight factors identified from Buddhism for promoting equanimity.
- And more…
In addition, you also get access to the extensive schematic representation of, among other things, the characteristics, forms of expression, causes of and pitfalls in each life friend.
Connecting audio and video guided meditations from the 30NOW archive.
Formal and informal exercise suggestions. Such as supported meditations and webinars in video format and exercises for everyday life.
By the way, the word "practice suggestions" means that there is no requirement attached to the suggestions. See what is and what is not feasible for you or fits well.
You can share a question or experience at any time.
Shared reactions are read by Frits and reacted to if desired.