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Maureen Cooper

Maureen is the founding director of Awareness in Action, an organization dedicated to showing people how to combine well-being and excellence in the work environment. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience as a professional educator, senior manager in a non-profit organization, an entrepreneur and as an experienced practitioner of Buddhist meditation, she leads Awareness in Action workshops and training programs in the UK and Europe. Her acclaimed book, The Compassionate Mind Guide to Reducing Stress is a groundbreaking effort that brings together the best of modern science and the wisdom of the world’s ancient contemplative traditions into a practical manual for thriving in today’s fast-paced world. Although born in London, UK love took Maureen to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where she lives with her husband.

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About this course

Course Overview

Do you ever feel that life in the city moves so fast that you are always running to catch up? Are there times when you feel overwhelmed by the noise, the crowds and the continuous hustle and bustle? Do you wonder how you, as just one person, can make any kind of difference in these uncertain times? This course goes to the heart of what it means to live in a modern city and contribute to the greater good. Each of us has the possibility to work with our habits and conditioning to find ways of becoming a truly compassionate citizen. This course will take you through the steps we need to take to learn how to realise our own potential and be of benefit in our city.

Participants will learn to:

• review the qualities of city life and see what works well for them and what is more challenging

• understand the need for a compassionate society

• explore our search for happiness and how its limitations impact city life

• consider how their minds actually work

• practice basic meditation and investigate the science that shows this can help us become more compassionate citizens

• connect with the idea of building their own self-compassion as a basis for being a compassionate citizen

• experiment with a range of compassion techniques that will help them develop their own compassionate potential

• build a tool kit that they can immediately apply to their own life in the city