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Compassion

What It Means to Forgive

Ira Israel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Any part of the narrative that does not accept and embrace one's life or adds the judgement "that should not have happened" pulls one backward into a no-longer-existent past, hinders one from showing up authentically in the present, and places limits on one's not-yet-existent future.

Powerful Questions That Can Transform Any Situation

Preston Smiles | Posted 09.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Preston Smiles

We are often so wrapped up in our own so-called "problems" that we fail to see the constant opportunity for growth in every situation.

Beyond McMindfulness: A Thoughtful Reply

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Ever since mindfulness began spreading its wings in Western culture, there has been the fear that it would be stripped down, diluted and packaged for sale by greedy money-hoarding capitalists just wanting to make their bank accounts fatter.

The Dalai Lama and Words of Wisdom at 78

Diana M. Raab | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Last weekend marked His Holiness The Dalai Lama's 78th birthday and also "National Compassion Day." While it is nice to honor such an important sentiment such as compassion, I think compassion, or having empathy for others, should be honored every day.

The Fastest Way to Your Own Happiness

Terri Cole | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

As you build your compassion muscle, you will be able to witness someone's suffering without looking away or getting so involved that you lose yourself.

The Most Important Question of All: 'How Can I Help?'

Nancy Colier | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

And to my friend at the gym, in the hopes that you are reading this, a deep and heartfelt thank you for reminding me of who we really are.

Facing America's Hidden Crisis

David Freudberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

I've occasionally visited soup kitchens and food pantries while reporting on a problem that never seems to go away: hunger in America. And each time, I notice a certain look in the eyes of some of the patrons who get in line for food. It's the look of shame.

The Coolest Meditator In The World

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

When we met with the Dalai Lama he was standing on his veranda overlooking the beautiful Himalayan Mountain range, smiling and waving for us to come. We went to bow as is the tradition, but he lifted us, took our hands, and said: "We are all equal here."

Cockroaches, Compassion, and Better Business Results

Matt Tenney | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Matt Tenney

Compassion can be a very powerful tool for creating capital as a result of our own innovations. The heart of the entrepreneurial spirit is to help others solve problems.

5 Ways To Live More Courageously

Frank Niles, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Frank Niles, Ph.D.

Living courageously involves shifting our focus away from trying to remove fear to pursuing a full and meaningful life alongside of fear. Here is how you do it.

Compassion

Tara Brach | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

It doesn't matter what age we are, if we're in these bodies and on planet Earth, it's not easy. That doesn't mean that we're always slaving away or that life is bad, it just means life can be really challenging at times.

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

An Opportunity for Healing

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 08.26.2013 | Good News
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. For centuries, people have taken comfort and joy as they gazed at the night sky and were able to recogn...

Summer Solstice 2013: Hold Up to the Sun Your Heart

Teo Bishop | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I hold up to the sun my heart, that the bright light on the Summer Solstice might fill it with the spirit of life and vitality. I hold up to the su...

How Compassionate Leadership Results in a More Innovative Culture

Matt Tenney | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Matt Tenney

Ironically, in the recipe for creating and sustaining a highly innovative culture, compassion might just be the most important ingredient. It's well ...

Using Technology To Grow Global Compassion

Sam Reiss | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Sam Reiss

As I listen to Thao detailing her way of life, her realities, her truth, I begin to feel myself inching closer to touching this multifarious human spirit. Less poetically speaking, I start to feel like some of my work over the last two years might be headed in the right direction.

Disliking Someone Is Really Disliking Yourself

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Qualities such as kindness, compassion, and forgiveness are the seeds we want to plant to cultivate a beautiful garden. But the self-centered ego's need for grasping, gaining, and selfishness easily buries them.

What It Feels Like to Have Alzheimer's -- And Why We Need to Know

Marie Marley | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I have to admit almost all have focused on the caregiver. We can feel contentedness, pride and joy. We can also feel sadness and loneliness. The list goes on and on. But how does the person with dementia feel?

Renee Jain: Why Being Selfish Is the Most Unselfish Thing You Can Do: The Martyr Mentality Myth

Renee Jain | Posted 08.13.2013 | Women
Renee Jain

By making space for the imperfect, to recognize that we won't always be able to 'hold it together,' we are better able to feel connected to others when we fail or go through a period of suffering

Caring For Others Will Save The World

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Joseph Ward III

If we care enough, we can give ourselves permission to journey into the shoes and lives of others we don't understand; we can open our arms to hold and listen to the LGBTQ people of our world.

Let's End the Mommy Wars

CT Working Moms | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
CT Working Moms

We should be supporting women's decisions instead of critiquing them and making snap judgments based off of our limited knowledge of other people's situations.

Reboot Your Life in 21 Days

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert V. Taylor

Rebooting your life is a gift to yourself. It reconnects you with your spirit, the wisdom and joy that lives in you and the truths that ground your choices. It is a personal anti-virus program for you to be free of what distracts, disorients and keeps you from your best and highest good.

Bread and Circuses in Rome and America

William Astore | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
William Astore

Perhaps our new national motto should be: When in America, do as the Roman Empire would do. Eat to your fill of food and violence, cheer on the warfighters, and dismiss expressions of doubt or dismay about military interventions and drone killings as "feminine" and "weak."

Can Our Gods Coexist?

KidSpirit | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Looking back at history, one may come to the conclusion that people with differing conceptions of God may never live peacefully among one another. However, I believe that this is not only possible but that it could become a reality in my lifetime.

How To Be Nicer To Yourself, More Often

Andrea Wachter | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

Your negative soundtracks have likely been playing for many years. It doesn't help that we are surrounded by a culture that supports negative self-talk so this will be an ongoing practice. The way we talk to ourselves is a habit that can be changed with awareness and willingness.