About me

My name is Sandra Sanabria. I am a Teacher Training Candidate for the Compassion Cultivation Teacher (CCT©) program at the Compassion Institute (CI™). CCT is a program developed at Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. The program was designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others.

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I have a degree in Physics and a master degree in Biomedical Engineering. Thanks to a scholarship, I moved to Belgium where I obtained a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. After that, I moved with my family to the US and have been working in the corporate world since. 

Life has been generous to me. I love my job (at least, most of the time), but it can also be stressful and demanding. Life is never short of challenges. The day-to-day chores and disappointments, challenging situations and relationships, the loss of loved ones, and so much more. 

My encounter with mindfulness meditation in 2014 started a profound and positive change in my life. Then, the CCT with Robert Cusick in early 2018 made it possible for me to start sharing and enabling others to use compassion in their lives. I was so inspired by this experience that I decided to take the CCT Teacher Training. My wish is that ¡Viva la Compasión! sheds some light on the power of compassion and how it can become a way to be in the world.

Compassion can be the antidote to our polarized world, let’s be more compassionate in our homes, cities, countries, and across the globe

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

- Mary Oliver, Summer Day

If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't spent a night with a mosquito.

- African proverb