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Compassion

Holiday Spirit Getting You Down? Try Holiday Spirituality Instead

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Roger S. Gottlieb

The greatest gift of the season -- more precious than a 67 inch flat screen or a new iPhone -- would be your own practice of these spiritual virtues. They would bring you some honest, long-lasting and genuine pleasure, and make you a lot more fun to be around for everyone else.

Compassion Fatigue Is a Call to Action

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Remember the oxygen mask and get your needs taken care of first. Take exquisite care of yourself as the foundation for taking care of others. This is the only way you can be emotionally available for your patients and your family and avoid even deeper levels of burnout.

This Will Nourish Your Soul (And You Can Find It Just About Anywhere!)

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

To let go and fall into the arms of silence carries us into the sweetness of surrender. It is to become a master in the humble art of living.

Celebrating Bodhi Day For The 21st Century

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

Living in the light of humility, kindness and compassion is the deep lesson and timeless inspiration of Bodhi Day. When we celebrate Bodhi Day this year I hope that we can celebrate it as a 21st century holiday, embracing the full weight of Buddhism's long history without being limited by it.

The Conference That Showed That Compassion Can Be Taught

Christina Patterson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Christina Patterson

You might think professionals in education, health and social care don't need to be taught about compassion. You might think compassion was what got them into their jobs. You might, in that case, have never been in a hospital, or a care home, or a school.

Rx for Compassion Fatigue

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

To a doctor, the death (and even impending death) of a patient represents the ultimate professional failure. The problem is that by trying so hard to extend life, doctors can miss the opportunity to be present, compassionately, as their patients make the last, final transition.

If We Want Kinder Nurses, We Need a Kinder Society

Christina Patterson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Christina Patterson

We need nurses to be kind. Of course we need nurses to be kind. Thank God at last the person in charge of nurses has said we need nurses to be kind. But if we want kind nurses, we need to work much, much harder to make kinder children, kinder adults, and a kinder world.

3 Steps To Reduce Stress And Keep Calm

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Ann Rasmussen

In a single week, my friend Karen had to move her 82-year-old father out of his home and into an Alzheimer's facility, was in a serious accident that totaled her car, found drugs in her daughter's jeans and learned her sister had breast cancer.

Life Tips: Develop Virtues Of Compassion And Grace

Amanda Gore | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

The best place to start is often the most challenging -- compassion for ourselves! We are usually our own worst enemy, expecting ourselves to be perfect and being the first to judge and condemn ourselves.

A Comedian Who Cares

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.05.2013 | Comedy
Peter A. Georgescu

Louie is a great show that has a deep moral consciousness when Louis C.K. is able to channel it into the right topic. When he's really killing, as they put it in comedy, he lets you see and feel what it means to be alive.

Our Future In The Making: All Saints And MPAC

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

We can change that dynamic. We can make the decision to stop sleepwalking, to wake up to reality, to embrace the inter-connectedness that binds us all, no matter what religion or race.

Rethinking How We Talk About the Bully: Defusing the Arch-Enemy of the Interconnected 21st Century

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

The web has exposed humanity's most damaging tendencies to engage in cruelty and dehumanization.

12 Reasons Why God Is Nice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.

Who Cares?

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 02.03.2013 | Good News
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

Officer Lawrence DePrimo has become a household name. There is so much about this story that tells a story of its own.

A Neural Namaste in Nearly Real Time

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

There is a long history here that primes this moment -- a history of learning to identify and relate with life's essence regardless of its form. I haven't always been this sentimentally attuned.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 5: Coping Through Crises by Connecting With Others

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

The good news is that you can create a psychological turnaround and increase your ability to cope effectively during a crisis if you work through your challenges with the help of others. One of the most important things you can do is to communicate your feelings to someone.

On Rediscovering The Art Of Offering Blessings

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

The more we offer such blessings to ourselves and to others, the more contagious it becomes to water these seeds of kindness and generosity in our own minds and hearts, and in the world around us.

11 Ways Silence Can Strengthen Your Soul

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

As soon as we enter into silence, there are gifts that renew and strengthen our essential selves. These gifts are qualities that enlighten and bring real joy. I call these qualities "muscles of the heart."

On Love As Your Guiding Principle

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindy Wigglesworth

Love became my "true north" -- my guiding principle for acting from my highest and best self. When I am confused and upset, I need something simple and easy to remember. So my "guiding question" in a tough moment is: "What would love do?"

There Is More To Life Than Politics

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We need to hold onto the notion of allowing compassion to rule us instead of politics. Though the election is over, many have found it difficult to let it go and to move on to the work before us.

Are You Kind to Yourself?

Helene Lerner | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

I've heard it said that when we are going through something challenging, it's best to put ourselves in intensive care, that is, our own good care. And here's how you do that.

Obama and Social Change

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Are timeless principles guiding the change, or are we going into the forests of the future without a compass? Each of us can only answer for ourselves, but much will depend on this.

A Buddhist Perspective on Nuclear Energy, Weapons and Taking Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Vivian Norris

This plain-speaking young man in his deep red and gold robes, praying with such intent for all of us, a living Buddha in his own right, expressed a deep compassion for the suffering of the entire planet and all of the living beings on it as he spoke of the nuclear threat.

The Risks Of Loving Fully: Do You Hold Back Out Of Fear?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

The point C.S. Lewis makes in The Four Loves is that closing our heart to the risk of heartbreak creates a living hell. The truth is that while heartbreak is extremely painful, it is not nearly as painful as the hell we create for ourselves when we hold back loving out of our fear of getting hurt.

Love and Competitiveness

Garret Kramer | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

To me, if you want to perform your best, love, compassion, spirit, and concern for others are absolutely essential, and here's why: They don't require deliberate thought. They are the byproduct of consciousness.