Diane has been studying and practicing in the areas of mind-body healing, mindfulness, meditation, and compassion cultivation most of her adult life. Her more than 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist working with patients with chronic pain and/or illnesses lead her to explore various body and movement practices, including yoga, dance and qigong, and to explore the area of Mindfulness meditation, in order to help people with stress, pain or dysfunction find more ease, and well-being in their lives. She completed the Certificate in Mindfulness Facilitation training through the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA. After completing the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program, offered through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education at Stanford, she became one of the first certified CCT teachers in the Seattle area. More at: http://www.dianehetrick.com/
Diane's offerings at CCFW:
- Mindful Resilience: Managing and Thriving with Everyday Stress
- Compassion Cultivation Training
- The Power of Mindful Resilience: Cultivating Compassion for Life (1-day course)
- Drop-in Meditation Sessions
Read an interview with Diane about her Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) course:
What inspired you to start teaching Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)?
Since taking the teacher training 4 years ago, I have seen the amazingly supportive effects of this class on my life. Recognizing that we all face challenges and suffering in our lives, the concepts and tools and practices that are taught in this training are daily supports for my life, bringing my challenges into perspective, and offering me ways to not just cope, but grow. So day to day suffering becomes a path for insight and growth and connection, instead of creating fear, anger, isolation or shame.
Once I started teaching the class, I saw the same impact on the participants, and their sharing about how compassion cultivation supports them in their lives has been inspirational and heartening. I really believe if more people learned the perspectives and tools offered in CCT, that the world would be a healthier and more loving place. I hope my teaching in some way contributes to this.
What two takeaways do you hope participants get in your CCT course?
1. Compassion is an innate quality that we all have and it can be cultivated, both towards yourself and for others. It is a mind training, like learning any skill, and can be at times uncomfortable or challenging, while also being very inspirational and supportive to your life. And fun!
2. You are as deserving of your love and compassion as anyone else on the planet. Learning to be kind to yourself, not only can help calm the internal mind chatter and confusions, it also is the most impactful way you can then have a more compassionate presence in the world. You are the person you are most able to influence in your life, and by being kind and compassionate to yourself, the effect begins to ripple out to others. Acts of compassion have a positive effect on the giver, the recipient, and the bystander.
What have you learned through your personal mindfulness practice?
I’ve learned that I have the capacity to stay seated, stay present, with whatever challenges or difficulties that arise in my life. And that I can lean into my breath, into these compassionate practices, to allow me to not react in unhelpful ways, or run away, or distract myself from what may feel unpleasant or even conceptually intolerable. When I am able to rest in the stability and spaciousness of mindfulness that is when my own innate wisdom, compassion and capacity emerge.
Feedback from past participants:
I signed up for the course thinking that life is full of stress and I should figure out how to deal. I came away from the course with so much more than that! You have shared with us so many tools and resources that will certainly continue to give in ways we cannot possibly see today.
One of the most surprising aspects of your course was the sense of community I felt from the fellow trainees, and how much our discussions broadened my perspective about 'the human condition'. I know we were just a small cross-section of the greater Seattle area, but I was amazed about the variety of reasons people attended MFR and what they contributed during our time together. I know I learned something from every single person in attendance. It's changed the way I see the people around me every day, whether co-workers I've known for years, or strangers on the street. I do not think I can adequately express the value of this to me.
Lauren, past Mindful Resilience course participant.