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Compassion

'Less Violent' Does Not Have to Mean 'Apathetic'

Marc Gopin | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Marc Gopin

Americans may be getting less violent, but we should absolutely not be getting more apathetic and isolationist. The world is a dangerous place with some very violent people in it, as well as some very unfortunate wars between groups that have been set against each other by proxies.

Today's Buddha Doodle: How to Say No

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.26.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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5 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Love

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

We can start challenging ourselves to accept love -- to return a loving look, rather than turning away in embarrassment. We can approach our defenses with curiosity and compassion and slowly start to change our part of the equation that limits our capacity for love.

5 Things to Try Before You Give Up on Your Relationship

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

When you love yourself, you are better equipped to act with integrity in your relationships. You become a person you respect, and you give your relationship its best chance at survival.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: My Day With the Dalai Lama -- A Primer for Happiness

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

I listened carefully as he spoke. I took notes. I mulled over in detail his main points. Since that day, I have steeped, like tea, in the essence of his message. My sense is that if he were to write a "Dear Dalai Lama" column, this is what he might say.

Two Strangers on a Plane

Robin Korth | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

It was late afternoon in Portland, Oregon -- around 4 o'clock. For me, it was closer to 7 p.m., as I had been flying all day from the East Coast of ...

Meditation and Mindfulness

Mary-Lou Stephens | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary-Lou Stephens

Many long-time meditators have watched the rise in popularity of meditation and mindfulness with great interest. For decades the research into meditat...

Divorce: "You Will Survive"

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Divorce
Robin Amos Kahn

My advice: Cry. Often, if you need to. Get a plastic baseball bat and hit a pillow, hard. Take kickboxing or run. Dance. Do yoga. Move the feelings through your body.

4 Ways to Make Over Your Love Life Today!

Tracy Crossley | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

When we really understand our true value, we don't want to settle for less than someone who is truly into us. Instead, it's to accept ourselves as we are right now. It makes it far easier to handle that sometimes we're not a match, and in no way is it a statement about us as lovable human beings.

Play a Bigger Role in Spreading Love and Positivity! Here's How

Erin Cox | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

These occasions always remind me how important it is to tune into those you love and extend a loving word or kind gesture when you sense they might need it. It is equally important to spread kindness to complete strangers.

Today's Buddha Doodle: Go to Love

Molly Hahn | Posted 04.21.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Love's Contradiction: Embracing Joy and Sorrow

John Thatamanil | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

To lack joy, to be without an effervescent delight in the sheer fact of being alive with others, is an immense impoverishment. We know this truth in t...

Compassion, Culture and Belief

Ken McLeod | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Ken McLeod

Compassion puts you directly in touch with the human condition. It cuts through beliefs. It goes straight to the heart.

Shifting the Social Field: Contemplation, Compassion, Collective Action

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Otto Scharmer

In a previous post, I blogged about my impressions of the World Economic Forum in Davos: about the increasing interest in mindfulness in mainstream ci...

30 Ways To Be A Better Spouse

Posted 02.18.2014 | Weddings

By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Flowers, candy, and back rubs are all great gifts to give to your partner, but if you don't bring the compassion...

Elevation Mapping: Pro-Social Compassion Maps

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Project Compassion Stanford

A few years back a student suggested that a really cool use of mapping technology would be to map compassion. How would we do that? It became something of a puzzle that I want to solve.

Creating Love and Joy in Your Life -- More or Less

Robert C. Jameson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Jameson

Most people say they want more love and joy in their lives, but they are often confused on how to create these experiences. What can we do, in very practical terms, to create more love and joy in our lives?

Why Shame Sucks (Especially for Kids) and How You Can Stop It

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Children are especially vulnerable to shame. Self-centered and dependent, young humans will easily translate, "You did something bad," into, "You ARE bad." We need to be aware and careful about the messages we send.

Whose No. 1 Valentine Are You?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

This dharma or philosophical and spiritual teaching about love is a wonderful way to approach the world, and many people automatically go out of their way for others, whether those are family members, friends, or even strangers.

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.: What Happens When Wonder Woman Gets Sick?

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

I was working on a project with a big magazine. We had a call with one of the writers, and I called from my hospital room. I had not told anyone that I was sick, or more importantly, that I was in the hospital. I am on the call with the writer and the head of the practice, and the phone disconnects.

Reframing Fat

Tara Hedman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Tara Hedman

As I got older, I learned quickly that weight keeps men away. Weight says, "I won't let you get close to me." Weight is a shield and protector when the world feels too scary. Weight made me invisible.

You Aren't Here Now: How Grief and Mindfulness Don't Mix

Megan Devine | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

This is the life you are called to be present for. This is the moment that asks for your awareness. Not because you are improved by what has happened, not because you needed it, not so you can turn it into some kind of gift.

Silence Once Begun: a Talk With Jesse Ball

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jesse Ball's new novel Silence Once Begun has just been released by Pantheon. His three previous novels are The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness and Curfew. He's also written several works of verse.

Joy! Causeless Joy!

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Today was a great day, because I fully allowed love and beauty to open my heart to causeless joy. That joy continues as I share that now with you.

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.