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Kindness and Compassion to All Beyond Christmas? Show Some Goodwill to Yourself First

Vidyamala Burch | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Vidyamala Burch

If you do practice these steps of goodwill towards yourself, then magically, in the true spirit of Christmas and giving, you will be able to care and love others much more deeply, in a much more sustainable way.

The Power of Compassion: A Holiday Gift

John Tsilimparis | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

There was nothing soft about my father. He was old-school strict and often brutally harsh. Seeking comfort from him was like trying to buy milk at a h...

The Rift in Giving

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

Generosity doesn't depend on the amount of money one has, but on how aware and mindful one is of the disparities between socioeconomic groups.

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

This world is full of loss, and pain, and every imaginable form of suffering. The line between love and hate is thin, and I don't know a single person who doesn't know this firsthand. None of use needs to cross over, even though pain seems to drive us toward hatred. The desire to hurt others only makes us suffer more. Don't follow it. Do bring light to the darkness.

Compassion Is Not Enough, We Must Act

Leon Stuparich | Posted 12.09.2015 | Good News
Leon Stuparich

It was the day the UK had started airstrikes in Syria, and another mass shooting in the US left 14 dead in San Bernadino, California. Lee Stentaford and his cousin Perry Stentaford decided they we going to do a simple action to help the homeless in London, that would inspire thousands of people all over the world.

Food-Nativism and ISIS: Terrorism and Restaurant Snobbery in the Feasting Season

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Lazar

This banal little tale of restaurant spurn, although bourgeois and hardly tragic, offers an important psychological clue into what drives and proliferates a global jihad recruiting movement that pulls its thousands of disaffected youth from France, Belgium and the Western world at large.

If Compassion Is a Weakness, Then I Want to Be As Weak As Possible

David Mochel | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
David Mochel

I can easily get comfortable sorting people into the good pile and the bad pile. I can spend my time constructing watertight arguments to shoot down anyone who has a view that conflicts with my own. I can look right past the inconvenient pain of others. If I am not mindful, I will become very strong.

Mindfulness Anonymous: The 10-Step Process

Andrea Quintero | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Quintero

The following 10 steps are designed to help you experience glimpses of Awareness. We need them! Here and there these moments add up. And as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts your mind, body and soul will begin to express the splendor of your unlimited power and beauty.

Politically Correct: Holidays Edition

Michelle Satterfield | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion
Michelle Satterfield

The true spirit of the holidays does not lie in maintaining the precious feelings of the over-privileged, or trying to put ourselves at the center of everyone else's world, but rather in spreading happiness to places it's seldom found.

A Good Harvest Starts with Good Soil: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Our East Africa Grantmaking Hub at The Pollination Project has been busy planting seeds of change in Uganda and Kenya. Here's some of the "soil building" projects our East Africa team funded in the past few weeks.

The Dynamics Of Compassion

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

War doesn't work. Bombing ISIS doesn't work. Closing our border to Syrians -- or Mexicans -- doesn't work. Yet "we," by which I mean the whole world, go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. Why are we violent but not illiterate?

Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview With Tara Brach

Mark Matousek | Posted 12.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and popular teacher of Buddhist mindfulness meditation. She is the author of Radical Acceptanc...

How You Can Live With Both Fear and Compassion

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 12.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ed and Deb Shapiro

We know how easy it sounds to be kind and loving, how great, what a cool idea. But in practice it's rarely so simple, like when someone says or does something that is personally dismissive, derogatory or hurtful. Can kindness still flow when the ego-mind is upset?

The Wild Intimacy of Mortality

Courtney Dukelow | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Courtney Dukelow

Yesterday, I turned 40. I had a client come for a healing session and she knew it was my birthday. She was reflecting on this big transition into a ...

In the Shadow of a Prisoner's Dharma

Nancy Deville | Posted 12.01.2015 | Women
Nancy Deville

Teaching yoga in jail has given me insights into the alternate universe of the criminal justice system that I wasn't really prepared for. From the very first class I led there, there have been women who stand out in my mind for some reason or another.

How Everyone Can Be a Philanthropist on #GivingTuesday

Erin Stein | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Erin Stein

#GivingTuesday, as it's known, is a national day of giving that the 92nd Street Y and UN Foundation created a few years ago, and it seems to be catching on.

3 Days Without My Phone With My Guru Kamlesh Patel, And This Is What I Learned

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Chirag Kulkarni

Here are the things I noticed along the way, and some lessons that can be taken back from my experience moving forward.

Why Caring for Syrian Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

No matter your religious credentials, the test of your faith is not your doctrinal purity, but how you treat others -- especially those who are most vulnerable.

Sewing It Shut

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley

Let's pray God will open our minds to solutions and our hearts to those in need. Let's pray for peace and healing. Let's pray God will give us the courage to act, and the wisdom to know when to speak and when to sew our mouths shut.

Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

For many educators, the testing paradigm has removed the joy of teaching, leaving little time for connecting deeply with students. This sense of connection isn't a luxury. Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first.

Standing up to Our Fears in the Face of Extremism

Hugh Hogan | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Hugh Hogan

These dismal, cowardly responses by our nation's leadership are reverberations of precisely what the perpetrators of the Paris attacks have sought: to trigger terror in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.

What a Greater Good School Looks Like

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Seth M. R. Jaipuria School in Lucknow is helping to counter the impact of these challenges by encouraging students to tap into their own and others' humanity through the practices of gratitude, self-compassion, mindfulness and more -- all of which are transforming the school.

Microaffection: The Antidote to Microaggression

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

I have work to do, myself, to make kindness and respect so ingrained in my soul that they are automatic responses in moments of emotional challenge. Universities and institutions of all kinds have work to do, also, to create atmospheres that inculcate this kind of mindfulness, to prevent microagression and to encourage microaffection.

Why Imagination Is Our Strongest Weapon Against Climate Change

Kajsa Paludan | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Kajsa Paludan

If our civilization was to disappear tomorrow, would you be able to say what the future world had lost? When you work to create a sustainable future, are you certain that your approaches serve life and people?

Gratitude: The Gift You Give... to Keep

Liz Higgins | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Liz Higgins

When you practice gratitude, you are honing in on everything within the current moment and space in your life that you actively acknowledge. So... it would make perfect sense to say that the best way to give thanks for that recognition would be to give it away.