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Hearts were full for this facilitator since regrettably, as the result of a trauma in her local community, the facilitator was too dysregulated as a result of that trauma to create a safe space for others, and it is hoped that the experience provided some regulation and perhaps even some sense of safety from the co-facilitator and participants. It should also be noted that there were a number of technical difficulties that also had to be navigated. Overall, an exceedingly challenging situation that was completed in the face of it all.
Using the slide of Jews being hidden from the Holocaust to illustrate the agency aspect of compassion was good; could have been more clearly applied to those who acted compassionately to hide the Jews, and the Viktor Frankl quote would have been applied to those Jews who survived the Holocaust being those who had been able to find meaning in their suffering.
Overall, there needs to be a more clear connection between CIT concepts and the images and analogies offered to participants.
Using the example of Native Americans making decisions looking seven generations ahead as an approach to compassion in the present was very thought-provoking, and could even be expanded as a connection to our Empathic Concern for and Common Humanity with the generations that will come after us.
It was difficult to follow the comparison between Christ and the biological basis of compassion during the session. It was not clear at all. However, thinking about in now, in retrospect, I can see a connection between God/Holy Spirit expressing compassion through the biological embodiment of Christ.
Again, overall, clearer connection between CIT concepts and the provided illustrations, metaphors and analogies.