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Action + Compassion = Leadership in the Moment

Alanea Kowalski | Posted 12.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alanea Kowalski

Let me tell you a story about a man named David Loop. I'd never heard of him until July 31 of this year when I came across a Facebook post about him saving a little dog he thought was dead on the road.

4 Life Truths That Take the Edge Off Life's Roller Coaster for Highly-Sensitive Types

Emma Bathie | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Emma Bathie

Much of the outside world does not realize the roller coaster of emotion highly-sensitive types are on because we're often very good at hiding it behind smiling eyes, a happy-go-lucky giggle, optimism and a deep trust in the world as a wonderful place.

Random Acts of Compassionate Connection

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition Loneliness hurts. We don't need a slew of...

COP21: Too Little, Too Late

Angie Cordeiro | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Angie Cordeiro

We are a species on the threshold of near term extinction. In the not so distant future our earthy habitat will stop supporting human life.

The Faithful Shopper: Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.15.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

My next installation for Christmas 2015 Holiday Windows is all about the jewels. Fifth Avenue is home to the biggest and best jewelry boutiques in the world.

Next Time You Meet a Stranger With Dementia...

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

You and I can only help if we know dementia when we see it. Dementia is not just about not remembering things. Instead, dementia can impact one's ability to function in a myriad of other ways

The Power of Compassion

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Craig K. Comstock

It's back, the admirable Canada of the Vietnam-war era. Fresh from winning the Canadian election and then appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown up the entire GOP Presidential field with regard to the Syrian refugees.

When Hope Seems Lost, Remember This

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

When my brother Willie was diagnosed with autism, he was three years old and I was five. Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn't have much ...

December Can Zap Our Happy, Joy, Merry and Cheery and Make Us Dread the Holidays Instead of Long for Them

Martha Pasternack | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Martha Pasternack

Wow, can you believe it is the middle of December already? For me the Winter Solstice is the day I most look forward to. I look forward to the other h...

Give Kids a Break! Don't Make Them Choose Between Naughty or Nice

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Do you think we over do it when we challenge or even threaten our kids to be bad or good or naughty or nice for Santa? Santa's a good guy. We give h...

Please Let Me Get There: Lessons In The Darkness Of Death And The Light Of The Living

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.11.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

By Stephanie March My last living grandparent passed away on Thanksgiving Day this year. My grandma spent her final days on this earth in her own be...

San Bernardino Shooting: The Power of Love and the Shadow of Hatred

Dr. Fran Grace | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Fran Grace

All photos credited to the author, unless indicated otherwise. The Shooting Just as I am drafting an introduction to the book, The Power of Love, ha...

Let's Teach Our Children Compassion

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 12.11.2015 | Education
Ingrid Newkirk

I know we're supposed to be singing Christmas carols at this time of year, but there's something else worth raising our voices about -- the absurd exercise called classroom dissection.

"Clean the plaque of the heart" -- Radhanath Swami Speaks at King's College Dental Institute, London.

Radhanath Swami | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

King's College London Dental Institute, often found at the top of the national leaderboards for Dentistry, regularly invites speakers to inspire stude...

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?