Welcome to Compassion Mindfulness




Maria Thorin is a Certified  Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) Teacher with the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

She was  awarded the Nalanda Institute Fellows Program 2019-2020, "designed to support the ongoing research and professional development of committed graduates who show clear promise as future leaders in the emerging field of contemplative science and practice". 


Contact: maria@nalandainstitute.org

Maria is a Certified Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) facilitator with Life University. 


She is a PHD student within the the theme of Compassion Science, Ethics and Philosophy with Åbo Academy University.


Maria is slowly but steadily building an Online Compassion Glossary


A public speaker on Compassion, Empathy, Altruism. 


She works since twenty years with international aid, particularly Humanitarian Aid, currently with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and before that for the United Nations. 


Maria is a Yoga Teacher within the Hatha Tradition, offering yoga classes and "Mind" meditation classes weekly within a national health network (Friskis och Svettis).  https://www.friskissvettis.se/English  


Marianne Heydari, Business Unit Head OTC at PERRIGO (2019):

 Maria Thorin held a 6 week course in our Nordic Head office in Stockholm during the fall. The participants of the course were both managers and employees, all from different departments of the company. 

The course was highly appreciated by all attendants, as it has given tools on how to find an inner calm and an everyday life that is more resilient to stress. We are today evaluating if we will be conducting round 2 of the course as it was so appreciated and helpful for our employees. We have also initiated mindfulness time during lunch on Wednesdays for the ones that want to sit in silence together. 

We are super thankful for Maria; and her uncommon combination where she is both a very warm and trustworthy bearer of the mindfulness principles at the same time as she has a very clear link to the science throughout the course.

Who is this training for?

"This training is for anyone wishing a comprehensive training method for building resilience, including living mindfully and compassionately; cultivating well-being, and transforming stress while helping others. Our research has shown that it is especially effective at building resilience in people with higher levels of chronic stress, such as people facing major illness or trauma, health providers, humanitarian aid workers, caregivers and teachers.

This is a complete, evidence-based training method of building resilience and well-being of mind, heart, and body using mindfulness and compassion practice as well as healing imagery and breath-work. Since it includes a broad range of insights and skills taught separately in other trainings, it offers the most effective way for individuals and groups to get fully introduced to the health benefits of contemplative stress-reduction and compassionate living.

The curriculum integrates timeless contemplative skills with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and integrative medicine, and is taught in a secular, experiential learning format that is not faith-based but is compatible with all faiths, including atheism/agnosticism. 

The only proven contemplative training that introduces participants to mindfulness, compassion, imagery and breath-work in one complete program of stress-reduction, self-healing, and mind/body well-being. A complete method of training the resilience of mind, heart, and body we need to sustain lives of well-being, engagement and purpose in our interdependent world. 

CBRT was developed in 1998 by Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Founder and Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, by integrating timeless techniques of contemplative self- regulation from India and Tibet with contemporary breakthroughs in neuroscience, positive psychology, and optimal health. It has been offered continuously since then at New York Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, as well as a range of area schools and businesses including two underserved NYC public schools, The Calhoun School, The Rebecca School, Appnexus, and the New York Public Library. 

CBRT consists of eight modules that can be taught in compressed or extended formats, from two full days to eight to twelve weekly classes. A nine-month online Teacher Training certifies practitioners to deliver the training. 

The CBRT is supported by training websites with research articles and study aids including a student manual, a teacher manual and instructional videos , and a full series of guided meditation files to prompt homework and fieldwork". See modules below. 

From: https://nalandainstitute.org/compassion-based-resilience-training/ 

Video: A Lesson in Mindfulness  with Dr. Joe Loizzo, Founder & Director of Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.




 Embracing Suffering with Body Mindfulness 

"Bringing mindful awareness to our breathing body helps us reconnect with our inner lives, to embrace the experience of being in a sensitive body, vulnerable to pleasure and pain, and to begin releasing the survival habits of stress, trauma, and reactivity". 



Stopping Reactive Habits with Mindful Sensitivity 

"Staying in touch with the raw feel of our inner lives with mindful sensitivity helps us maintain balanced awareness through the ups, downs, and plateaus of pleasant, painful, and neutral experience, to anticipate reactivity, and to replace the urge to avoid or crave with the ease of acceptance and care". 



 Breaking Free of Confusion with Open Awareness 

"Mindfulness of mind trains us to cut through the mesh of reactive habits and stress instincts that normally block the full openness and clarity of our human mind. It empowers us to own and awaken the boundless potential for learning, unlearning, freedom and creativity dormant in us all". 



 Mindful Insight: The Lifelong Path of Self-Healing

"In all-inclusive mindfulness we engage our open mind to expose the habits of thinking, feeling, and acting that shape our mindset, empowering our inner therapist to cut the roots of reactivity and grow proactive new ways of being in the world". 



Reparenting Reactive Emotions with Self-Compassion 

"As we learn to view our confused childhood selves with a wise, caring mind, we begin to see through our myopic cocoon and inner monologue, and to reparent ourselves one breath at a time by replacing self-enclosure and self-criticism with the mature insight and care our hearts need to heal, grow, and change". 



 Cultivating Love and Care: Reaping the Harvest of Well-Being


"Once we learn to take care and give love to ourselves, we experience our stressed interactions with others—close, neutral, and far—as the interplay of our own confused child mind with theirs. We then naturally widen our circle of care and love, empowering ourselves to engage others and our larger world in a more meaningful and effective way". 

CBRT MODULES (continued)



Compassionate Imagery and Expression: Fostering a More Engaged Self and Life 

"Given the complex challenges of life in our digital age, now more than ever we need to harness the creative power of imagination to a proactive vision of better living in a better world. Re- envisioning our lives through the eyes of inspiring mentors can awaken the compassionate resolve we need to reshape our self, life, and world for the best". 



Breath-Body Flow: Inspiring a More Positive Life 

"Even when we have the example of mentors and the courage to revise our selves and lives, in order to realize our full potential, we need to sense, elicit and harness the energy and chemistry of well-being that rewires our neural networks and bodies to live naturally at one with others, and with the complex world and earth we all share".