Inquiry is one of the most interesting parts of teaching MSC but can be for teachers also the most challenging part. We can become adept at teaching topics, guiding meditations and leading exercises, but inquiry will always be a fresh, unfolding process.
Inquiry and the art of balancing
Inquiry consists of this one unique encounter between teacher and participant with a whole group of participants listening in. We can’t really prepare for it. It’s elusive and alive. Inquiry can be seen as an art. It is the art of balancing between controlling the conversation and the willingness to be with whatever arises. Between exploring the difficult without opening up old wounds. To reframe from giving advice, finding explanations, answers or solutions and still to facilitate building resources.
Compassionate listening and radical acceptance
MSC inquiry is built upon compassionate listening (resonance), building resources to hold suffering and radical acceptance of whatever arises. During inquiry teachers model a whole self-to-self relationship through the parallel process of the self-to-other interaction. Inquiry is in its essence open but still has guidelines and techniques. That is what this workshop is about.
Inquiry starts where meditation or exercises ends. Exploring practice experiences jointly as a group gives participants access to richer meaning and insight than would be possible through personal perception alone.
Some questions we will address around inquiry:
- How does the inquiry in MSC differ from mindfulness inquiry or psychotherapy?
- What do I do when there are participants that I don’t resonate with?
- How can I support participants who struggle to find resources? When does inquiry end?
We will explore these subjects and look into the steps that involve a MSC inquiry.
An opportunity to practice
We will discuss theory and practice. We will work in small breakout groups, sometimes supported by teachers. We will bring our practice experiences back to the plenary group for deeper learning (Teach back). For our nourishment, we will immerse ourselves from time to time in self-compassion and meditation practices. Last but not least also offers a unique opportunity to practice in the community of MSC Teachers and Teacher Trainers Inquiry starts where meditation or exercises ends. Exploring practice experiences jointly as a group gives participants access to richer meaning and insight than would be possible through personal perception alone.
All MSC Teachers who have completed the MSC Teacher Training and have taught MSC courses (at least one).