Practice quality and effectiveness of a compassion training intervention: The Importance of embodying the compassionate self
Research has showed that compassion mind training (CMT) is effective on the promotion of well-being, however the impact of quality of the practice had never been explored. A recent study of the effect of a low intensity compassionate mind training intervention on well-being, also investigated participants' qualitative and subjective experiences of the practices. The current paper exploreshowparticipantswhocompleted a twoweek CMT program (n = 77) experienced the compassion practices, and the impact of the quality of these experiences on the effectiveness of the intervention and the development of the compassionate self. Results reveal that more than how often participants practiced the exercises, it is their perception of helpfulness of the compassion practices and their ability to embody of the compassionate self in everyday life and in moments of difficulty that are associated with increases in compassion for the self, for others and from others, reassured self, positive affect and compassionate goals, and decreases in self-criticism, fears of compassion and stress.