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Compassion

Compassion Games -- Survival of the Kindest

Duane Elgin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Duane Elgin

Where The Hunger Games are the imagined price of a failed transition to sustainable prosperity, Compassion Games are the authentic reward for successful transition. May kindness be with you in the game of life!

Buddha Doodle -- 'Message'

Molly Hahn | Posted 01.19.2013 | Good News
Molly Hahn

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Unlock the Power of Self-Compassion

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Every day it seems to become more apparent to me how deeply healing a practice of self-compassion is. During the difficult moments in life at times it seems as if we're wired to have a neural reaction of kicking ourselves while we're down.

What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us About the Principle of Thought

Garret Kramer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

In the wake of Sandy, I've been reflecting on the relatively upbeat and supportive mood around here and what it can teach us: Specifically, these questions: How come we can't pull together like this all the time?

The Empathy Formula

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research on positive emotions and the brain.

De-stress From Distress Through a Little Soul Searching

Sharon McElroy | Posted 01.07.2013 | Books
Sharon McElroy

I yearned to find a peaceful frame of mind from which to address the situation. It was time for some soul searching. One way I approach this is through stories told by the world's great spiritual teachers.

Sorry, But I Don't Hate Mitt Romney

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Hate is a powerful driving force and when repeatedly called upon, it strips us all of our humanity. As a parent, I do not forbid saying the word, but its use never goes unchallenged by a conversation with my children about what they are feeling. 

Only Us: Beyond Republican and Democrat

Susan Piver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When one side wins the election on November 6, the other side will lose. That's just the way it is, and I have no problem with that. But it is our reaction to each other at the point of winning or losing that spells out our future more so than any policies of the winning side.

Simple Luxuries: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 01.03.2013 | Business
Jessica R. Dreistadt

About two weeks ago, I was in Denver, Colo., for my first International Leadership Association conference, which I attended both as a presenter and as...

Heart Solutions

Wendy Strgar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

If we want to build a nation that can outlast the massive changes that our environment will continue to demand from us, the only path that can hold us securely is a compassionate one.

Spare Change? The Elective Interdepence of City Life

Lindsey O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lindsey O'Neill

As he hands me a paper, I hand him a dollar in exchange, and the makeshift barrier that exists between two different social classes of people is broken down by both of our authenticity in this experience.

Attention Is the Grounds of Love

Tara Brach | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

What if we paid deeper attention to those we live with? To the earth that is our home? To our own heart? Not only would we cease to cause harm, our attention would offer the medicine that could bring healing to our world.

A Hindu Hurricane Reflection

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Seeking the shelter of the Divine, and then striving to share that shelter with others, is the essence of this time of year -- and perhaps of all holy days. Sometimes it just takes a hurricane to remind us.

Politics and Religion

Peter Clothier | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Peter Clothier

I send metta to the American voter in the coming days, hoping that those many who hear the voices of evangelists and vote on biblical principles will vote on principles of the New Testament rather than the Old.

Acts of Beauty and Compassion: Samhain 2012

Grove Harris | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Grove Harris

I love being called to acts of beauty, which reminds me that we are making the future in this moment, and infusing it with beauty is actually incredibly practical. No matter how intense the challenge, we can respond with creativity.

If You Have $250 Million, You Shouldn't Be President

Matt Bieber | Posted 12.30.2012 | Money
Matt Bieber

If you have that much money and you're doing anything other than giving it away or thinking about how to give it away, then you have been overrun with greed and self-absorption.

The Essence Of Compassion

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

I am learning so much from people on Twitter. Here's a conversation that beautifully captures the very definition of the Habit of Compassion.

Practice Mindfulness To Change Your Self-Perception

Tara Brach | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

The two parts of genuine acceptance -- seeing clearly and holding our experience with compassion -- are as interdependent as the two wings of a great bird. Together, they enable us to fly and be free.

Claiming Oneness for the Human Family?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert V. Taylor

Oneness is not simply an idea; it is a choice about how to be human, engage with life and align our intentions and actions. It is an intentional, mindful way of being that joins us with others in creating a more hopeful, compassionate and peaceful world.

Can You Spare Some Compassion?

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

I am not suggesting we give money to all homeless individuals or that it is our duty to feed everyone around us. It is our response-ability, however, to recognize the humanity in others.

The Universal Golden Rule

Donna Henes | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

The Golden Rule teaches that we should treat others as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated. This basic ethic is repeated in a multitude of variations in the texts of all the great religions of the world.

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: The 4 Best Ways to Find -- and Keep -- Happiness

GAIAM TV | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
GAIAM TV

Happiness, or the lack thereof, lies at the root of what makes life meaningful. But figuring out what exactly constitutes happiness, especially in a culture like the Unites States that tends to conflate money with meaning, proves to be elusive.

'My Words Are Less Important Than The Love I Convey From My Heart'

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Words complete me. They are my companions when I am lonely, my inspiration when I despair, and my weapons when I rage. But words are the tools of the brain, particularly the left hemisphere.