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Compassion

A Perfect Christmas Present To Give Yourself: The Gift Of Silence

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

This season, we can give ourselves the gift of embracing our hearts in silence. Our crowded thoughts come from a crowded heart. Taking time to enjoy silence is time for the simple beauty of life.

The Benefit Of Divine Love: Being Thy Sister's Keeper

David Briggs | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Individuals who reported experiencing God's love more than once a day were far more likely to say they have a strong meaning and purpose in life and to both find "great joy" in helping others.

Price Check on Kindness, Lane Four, Please

Rob White | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

The elderly woman was about to leave with her bagged items, and the conveyor belt was moving. I quickly reached into my wallet, took out a 10-spot, and touched the elderly woman on her arm. "Excuse me, ma'am, I think you dropped this."

A Place For Silence In The Face Of Horror

John Backman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We do need to take action in the face of tragedy. We do need to talk and grieve together, to support one another and ponder next steps. Perhaps, though, silence in the aftermath may enable us to approach it all from a different place.

Compassion Born From Tragedy

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

When situations or people challenge us, we need to identify that we're angry, confused, or frustrated. If we acknowledge that we're likely to make poor decisions in these states, it's easier to find the motivation to let these emotions go.

The Heart of Christmas Past

Deborah Swiss | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Harkening back to the heart of Christmas in 1869, time spent with loved ones was the treasured centerpiece. This year, I hope to rejoice in the essence of a season that celebrates and strengthens our family ties alongside the humanity we can so easily extend to one another.

Compassion for Them All

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

My response to this event is what it's always been when faced with evil: to want to embrace what's good. It's the way I've dealt with evil all my life.

Hearts Broken Open -- 7 Strategies to Heal

Wendy Silvers | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Wendy Silvers

When tragic, almost unbelievable events like the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the shooting of 14-year old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan and the shooting in Aurora, Colorado occur, a collective outpouring of grief and outrage unfolds.

What Happens After we Dry Our Tears?

Jenn Horton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Jenn Horton

It's in the weeks that follow tragedy that the majority of us look up from our hustle and bustle, look at strangers' faces and feel the bond of humanity. But come January, we're entrenched in our to-do lists, back in our bubbles, our connection gone. Apathy becomes our greatest contagion.

Newtown Shows Us That Love Is Our Common Ground

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

If we want to sustain a nation of goodness, one that defies evil, maybe we should embrace the unfiltered missive given by Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie died at Sandy Hook: "May it be that this inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people -- to better our communities -- at all times."

Santa: The Best Karma Yogi In The World

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

For Santa is more than just a jolly old guy in a red outfit. A true yogi is someone who displays wisdom and compassion, and Santa is an excellent example. He sees everyone as his family, is always helping others, and he cares about you whether you're naughty or nice.

What Would The Dalai Lama Say About the Connecticut Tragedy?

Catherine Cussaguet | Posted 02.16.2013 | Denver
Catherine Cussaguet

I am neither a counselor nor a law maker. As a simple human being, I feel powerless in terms of what I can do personally and how I can contribute to our society so these crimes aren't repeated. This event reminds us that life is fragile and impermanent.

Your Best Response to Sandy Hook Shootings Can Be Saving Others

Kare Anderson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

That's no small achievement, even if it happens just some of the time. Looking back that may be one of the most satisfying ways by which you measure your life. In that spirit, let's take every opportunity to support others in savoring this holiday.

Surefire Stress Relief, Part 7: Giving From the Heart

HeartMath LLC | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Don't let your inner Scrooge short-change what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Make an inner decision -- a heart commitment -- that you're going to do things differently this year.

How To Be Grateful To People We Don't Like

Pragito Dove | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Pragito Dove

When we take 100 percent responsibility for what is happening inside of us, miracles happen. We find it easy to be grateful because we have transformed dislike into compassion.

7 Ways To Manage Family-Time Overload This Holiday Season

Tamar Chansky | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

What exactly are you incredulous about? People being themselves. Exactly as they've always been, year after year. Why is it so hard to live with the way people are? Because we can't accept it. Because we want them to be different. Surprise! They are still the same. Surprise again! So are we.

Understanding the Circuit of Life

Raymond Torres | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Much of the quality of our lives depends on how we react to what were aware of in life. Every moment we face the choice to either allow our negative emotions to distort how we treat others or let the free flow of love, goodness, and acceptance bathe others with spiritual blessings.

The 7 Ingredients Of A Healthy Relationship

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

By doing your own inner work to become an emotionally responsible, kind and loving person with yourself and your partner, you can create a healthy, loving relationship!

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.