I’ve been working through my compassionate mind workbook written by Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont when I came across the description of the word ‘compassion’ which cognitively changed my thought process from a negative to a positive:
“Compassion is a sensitivity to suffering in self and others, with a commitment to alleviate and prevent it”
The questions I am exploring in the workbook presently are as follows:
1. Does the word ‘compassion’ have any negative associations for you?
2. List the situations or experiences where your old brain has been triggered; this means the normal emotions such as anger, irritability, guilt, sadness, joy, defensive behaviours such as fight or flight responses.
3. List your new brain competencies;
Imagination, planning, Rumination, Worry and Self-awareness.
4. List your old brain competencies;
Motives; harm-avoidance, competition, caring
Emotions; Anger, anxiety, sadness, joy
Behaviours; fight, flight and submission.