Contemplative Psychology Training
Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence in Working with Others
Through meditation we are able to relate with the earth and experience our mind directly and intimately as it really is.
What does ‘contemplative’ mean?
“Contemplation” is derived from the Latin “contemplare”, which stands for “looking at”. Here it is “mindfully looking at”. A contemplative attitude has a connotation of a quiet and friendly way of being present, creating a basis for insight meditation.
Karuna trainer Barbara Märtens describes to contemplate as “looking at the moment of now”: “When you don’t manipulate, adjust, or try to control the present situation – the moment of NOW -, but if you open yourself really for the experience of the moment of now, then you’ll find in every experience what is needed for starting a process of healing. We need no concepts or manuals: it is not necessary to directly react on impulses, but you can open up, without hessitation, for what the present experience offers. Qualities as insght, acceptance, clarity of the mind, willingness to act, courage, and being without reservations are accessible for everyone. These qualities can be trained, so that one can open oneself to the experience of the present moment with confidence.
Intrinsic, brilliant sanity is the heart of Contemplative Psychology – this sanity is inherent in every human being.