Compassion involves cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills that not only reduce negative mind states but which also cultivate positive mind states and social connectedness. Compassion predicts psychological health and well-being. Equanimity, the ability to remain calm even during positive and negative stress, is explained as an achievable mind state for not only surviving school and career challenges and difficulties, but also for being a source of joy and freedom from suffering.
Examples will demonstrate how to use compassion and equanimity in graduate school and during one’s early professional career. This approach can be useful for mentors, clinicians, and anyone wanting to learn about mindful approaches for resilience and resistance to adversity.
- Identify how mindfulness approaches are complex and have multiple mechanisms of change.
- Define equanimity and understand why this is a state of resilience.
- Describe how compassion cultivation training promotes resilience.
- Identify three regular practices that can help to cultivate compassion and equanimity.