Compassionate Integrity Training by Rakhee Sharma

Cultivate basic human values as skill.

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About this Class

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems, CIT focuses on and builds toward compassionate integrity: the ability to live your life in accordance with your values with a recognition of common humanity, and a basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity.

CIT is based on innovative developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science. It builds on work done by Daniel Goleman (author of the book Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge, initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and other areas. Its development has been aided by the collaborative work of a team of experts with both academic and applied backgrounds in these areas.    

CIT is a 10-week course. Each CIT module utilizes a “three-in-three” educational model that integrates three domains of knowledge and three levels of understanding. The three domains begin with a focus on the self (Self-Cultivation), then move to others (Relating to Others), and finally to a systems-perspective, meaning the larger networks we exist in (Engaging in Systems).

  • “Self-Cultivation” covers how you relate to yourself and the knowledge and skills related to the inner life of the individual. This begins with the ability to self-regulate your body and emotions, and then moves on to include self-compassion and inner qualities like courage, fortitude, forbearance, and the identification of your values.
  • “Relating to Others” covers how you relate to others constructively and in a way that promotes your own and other’s wellbeing. Built on the foundation of self-regulation and restraint from harming others, this involves strengthening the prosocial skills of forgiveness, gratitude, impartiality, empathy, and compassion.
  • “Engaging with Systems” covers how to engage compassionately and with integrity as a participant in complex systems. This involves recognizing your interdependence and the interdependence of systems, which can be as small as your family or local community, or as vast as the world, and developing the skills and discernment to act effectively for constructive change within those systems. Engaging with compassionate integrity and critical thinking gives you the best chance for achieving positive results that enhance the wellbeing and flourishing of yourself and others.

Each module in CIT is intended to allow you to progress through three levels of understanding. In CIT, it is important that knowledge not remain at an intellectual level; to be effective, it must lead to realizations and lasting changes in behavior. Knowledge becomes transformative when it moves from head to heart to hand. The three levels of understanding are:

  • Received Knowledge: This refers to learning new information and developing a clear understanding of a particular topic.
  • Critical Insight: This is when you, through exercises and practices, use your own life experiences and reason to come to a flash of personal insight, an “a-ha moment,” when you realize how the knowledge relates to your own life.
  • Embodied Understanding: Moments of critical insight are often not powerful enough to dislodge habits. Therefore, embodied understanding refers to the deepening and further internalizing of knowledge so that it becomes second nature and spontaneous — not just something you knows, but part of who you are. This happens through repeated practice and continued reflection on your critical insights. This is where knowledge (including the knowledge and skills of self-compassion, compassion, integrity and so on) becomes transformative at its deepest level.

Each CIT module includes content for received knowledge, activities for achieving critical insight and guided reflective practices for deepening insights into embodied understanding. This course will include both large and small group discussions, experiential learning activities, reflective writing activities, mindful dialogues, and contemplative practices.   


Why should I attend?

Compassionate integrity insists maintaining and increasing consistency with your values is most beneficial when they are values that promote your wellbeing as well as that of others. As to what those values are and how you understand them, this is arrived at by investigating and examining things for yourself, using common sense, common experience, and science. Compassionate integrity is, therefore, not something achieved by wishful thinking or force of will, but rather as the result of building up knowledge, understanding, and a set of concrete skills. Because compassionate integrity is what guards against actions that compromise your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others, cultivating it in your life and in your community directly impacts individual and collective flourishing.


What will I learn?

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is divided into three series designed to improve your individual wellbeing, relationships with others and engagement with the world by increasing your ability to practice the skills taught in each session. Below are the foundational concepts that underlie all Compassionate Integrity Training and draws from recent developments in various scientific disciplines and provides some of the theories and the research upon which CIT is built.

A description of each session is shared below:

Series I: Self Cultivation

The first step toward improving relationships with others and making a positive impact in communities is developing an increased level of personal well-being. Inner calm, self-control, emotional intelligence, and self-compassion benefits you, while also providing a firm foundation upon which to build pro-social skills. In CIT, we call this process of self-consciously working to increase these types of personal skills and well-being “Self-Cultivation". 

We will address the following skills:-

  • Calming Body and Mind
  • Ethical Mindfulness
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Self-Compassion

Series II: Relating to Others

Based on the skills in Series I, which focused on developing an awareness of yourself and the cultivation of genuine compassion for yourself, Series II turns to focus outward to improve relationships with others. This involves examining how you interact with others so that you avoid actions and attitudes that may cause harm and cultivate the actions and attitudes that help others.

We will address the following skills:-

  • Impartiality and Common Humanity
  • Forgiveness and Gratitude
  • Empathic Concern
  • Compassion

Series III: Engaging in Systems

You exist in interdependent systems, structures and networks that are as small as your family or local community, or as vast as the world. Without recognizing the ways systems impact and shape you, and how you can play an effective role in them, your ability to address many issues will remain limited. Compassion by itself is not enough for ethical and effective decision-making; it must be conjoined with critical thinking and an understanding of reality. Gaining insight into the interdependent nature of your reality can be empowering and can lead to a deeper connection with others and the world around you. Practicing critical thinking guided by the context of your values, interdependence and common humanity is the best guarantee for a more fulfilling, happy life for yourself and others.

We will address the following skills:

  • Appreciating Interdependence
  • Engaging with Discernment


Format and Schedule

11 sessions (Introductory + 10 sessions) and 2 hours per session (22 Total Hours)

Your teacher

Rakhee Sharma

Rakhee Sharma believes in the ancient Indian philosophy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam” which means – “The world is one family” and her intention is “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” which translates to – “May all beings be happy, may all my words, thoughts and actions contribute in some way in the happiness of all beings.” She is passionate about bringing satisfaction and joy into people’s lives by coaching and facilitating them to explore and utilize the huge reservoir of untapped potential that each one of us possesses. Her work is defined as a catalyst for the 'human well-being and flourishing.'

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