Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) is a compassion training in eight weekly sessions. The programme has been developed by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster for those with basic mindfulness skills who wish to deepen the wholesome effects of mindfulness with compassion practices.
MBCL is based on a scientific vision on the importance of (self-)compassion for our health and wellbeing – physically, emotionally, and relationally. Initially MBCL was developed in mental healthcare and offered to clients with various psychological problems. Soon, the benefits for health care professionals themselves became clear.
Meanwhile, MBCL is offered in various settings (healthcare, education, the workplace, management, spiritual care) to people who wish to learn healthier ways of coping with stress, pain and suffering in whatever form.
MBCL is a secular programme, not wishing to exclude anyone, whatever their cultural, ethnic or religious background.