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On Compassion

On Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

The word “compassion” means to “suffer with” someone, with the sense of coming to the person’s aid. It is an emotion in us caused by some evil or dire condition seen in someone else.


The Good Samaritan is a memorable example. (Luke, 10:25-37) The word “pity” means a feeling of sadness or fear at the unavoidable lot of another, either deserved or undeserved...

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But notions of compassion, sympathy, sincerity, mercy, and pity need to be watched very closely.


They arise more from emotion than from thought. Each of these related concepts refers to a feeling inside of us. It is caused by our being confronted with the dire (or happy) situation of another. But we do not fully penetrate to the soul of the other for whom we have compassion. No one wants a cold heart. In Matthew (9:36), Christ has “compassion” on the multitudes who are like lost sheep. Luke speaks of “the tender compassion of our God.” (1:78)


“Compassion” by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
James V. Schall, S.J.


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Pope Francis at Angelus: spread goodness, compassion

Pope Francis at Angelus: spread goodness, compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it
Pope Francis concluded, saying that, if we would be imitators of Christ as St. Paul exhorts us to be in his 1st Letter to the Corinthians (cf. 1 Cor 11:1) before the poor or the sick, we should not be afraid to look the afflicted person in the eye, and be close to the suffering person with tenderness and compassion.


“If evil is contagious,” he said, “so is good: therefore, we must allow good to abound in us, more and more; let us be infected by goodness, and let us spread the good contagion.”

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Let's Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let's Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please | Compassion | Scoop.it
For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war.


Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free pass for bad behavior.


When those who advocate a compassionate approach to drug addiction point out users’ self-reported histories which often include abuse and trauma, those histories are met with skepticism at best and generally dismissed as unimportant.


Now, research is showing that those histories and the social stigma created by treating drug addicts as users are a substantial component of what keeps people addicted.

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Blog: Compassionate and Organizations

Blog: Compassionate and Organizations | Compassion | Scoop.it

Why Compassion?

So — why compassion, and not concern? Or sympathy? Or empathy? Aren’t they all basically the same thing?  
— Wes Grooms

Difficult People and How to Deal with Them

Everyone has experienced a difficult person — the one who you avoid because the price you pay for engaging that person is more than you are willing to expend.
– Tony Belak



What is a Compassionate Organization?
Compassionate organizations are those that take responsibility to prevent and alleviate the suffering of all of its stakeholders. They have a strong and abiding emotional connection and investment in them.
— Ari Cowan
Compassion Drives Success
Central to success in an organization is successful communication. Compassionate communication relies heavily on understanding communication dynamics, listening skills,  and intention.
— Tony Belak
Compassion in Five Easy Pieces
One way to look at how compassion manifests organizationally is to punctuate compassionate action into five groups with common characteristics. These five "easy pieces" generally fall into faith-based, institutional, professional secular, individual, and aspirational threads
— Ari Cowan
 



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Nobel Peace Prize Winner From India Calls for 'Movement of Compassion'

Nobel Peace Prize Winner From India Calls for 'Movement of Compassion' | Compassion | Scoop.it
Practicing Compassion
Satyarthi told Epoch Times that compassion is needed “to ensure sustainability and peace” in the world, and that comes from a connection with ones self.

“A connection of everyone with her or his inside is what makes you a global citizen and helps you find solutions to persisting problems,” he said over the phone.

Especially in countries where corruption and mismanagement are common, “compassion could be a very strong element to be honest,” he said.

He practices compassion by connecting transparently, and honestly with others, he said, and maintaining his “child inside.” He also says that compassion for him is about action, and translates into his work for justice, equality, and peace.

“Let’s globalize compassion,” he said at the Constitution Club press conference. “Take it out—use it to protect children, to protect the environment.”
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Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys

Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys | Compassion | Scoop.it
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.


Searching for an answer, I read widely and sought out public figures who have dedicated their lives to exploring and advocating for the alleviation of suffering—Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Dacher Keltner, Dr. Dan Siegel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Richard Rohr, and others.


From this research, I concluded that cultivating compassion really is the best way to protect our boys from violence—or, as Hanh says, “Compassion protects you more than guns, bombs, and money.” From their combined scientific and spiritual perspectives, a four-fold process for cultivating this resource in boys emerged.


  • Touch: When UC Berkeley professor and GGSC co-founder Dacher Keltner researched the power of touch for human development and relationships, he discovered a surprising gender difference: ....
  • Push Gender Boundaries: In the trailer for the film, The Mask You Live In, former NFL player Joe Ehrman claims that “the three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is when he is told to ‘Be A Man.’” ...
  • Be a role model  -  Almost all the compassionate men I interviewed had a compassionate role model...
  • Cultivate stillness - A recent paper from Timothy D. Wilson and colleagues at the University of Virginia and Harvard University revealed incredibly strong resistance in men to silence and stillness....





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Compassion fatigue: the cost some workers pay for caring

Compassion fatigue: the cost some workers pay for caring | Compassion | Scoop.it
Health and social workers often choose their profession because they want to help people. But seeing trauma and suffering on a regular basis can have a deep impact on these workers. “Compassion fatigue” is a response to the stress of caring for people at times of crisis and is often referred to as the cost of caring.

Researchers first identified compassion fatigue in the 1970s when they recognised certain psychological symptoms among health care and social service workers. The term “compassion fatigue” was coined in the early 1990s to describe nurses who worked in emergency care and were experiencing symptoms similar to burnout.
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Compassion for All Creatures – Einstein Quote

Compassion for All Creatures – Einstein Quote | Compassion | Scoop.it
 
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures (and the whole of nature and its beauty). ~ Albert Einstein
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Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion

Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

Citing his progress in making Louisville a globally-regarded city for caring and compassion, a coalition of international organizations has honored Mayor Greg Fischer with a City Leadership award for compassion.

Fischer received the honor last week during “Compassion Week 2014,” an international conference in San Francisco where he delivered one of the keynote addresses. The award was presented by Empathy and Compassion in Society, the Charter for Compassion International and GoodMojo.

In presenting the honor, the groups recognized Fischer for leading Louisville to be the first major city to sign on to the International Charter for Compassion, committing the city to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. They also cited his work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote compassion in other cities and for creating the annual volunteer initiative, the Give A Day week of service. During the 2014 week in April, more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of compassion were recorded.

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Mindfulness and compassion are good for business bottom line

Mindfulness and compassion are good for business bottom line | Compassion | Scoop.it

Neurosurgeon Dr James Doty from Stanford University talks to Weekend Breakfast about the benefits of compassion, mindfulness and altruism.

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Progressive Buddhism: The Two Types of Compassion

Progressive Buddhism: The Two Types of Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

But first, before I dig my shovel into the moist soil of this delightful, depressing and bedeviling topic "the two types of compassion," let me define terms.


Here are two somewhat different descriptions of ‘Compassion rightly felt and deployed’ contrasted with its neurotic, idiotic cuz: 


 by Thomas Armstrong

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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

Here's what recent findings in neuroscience and neurobiology can teach us about compassion.


Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.


Mindfulness and compassion -- the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others -- are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we're at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel.


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Compassion is a central component of
what it means to be human, but we don't
necessarily know how it works in the brain
or why we're wired to be compassionate
towards others..

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How to build a caring economy

How to build a caring economy | Compassion | Scoop.it
It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic and caring responses, and a more universal capacity for compassion.


It is possible that universal compassion is solely a human function. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt prosocial behaviour. If you empathize with the suffering of another, for example, you may not necessarily help this person.


Empathy can also result in empathic distress that may even lead to withdrawal or aggressive behaviour.


by Tania Singer

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Invited Lecture: Kelly McGonigal, PhD - The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Invited Lecture: Kelly McGonigal, PhD - The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education | Compassion | Scoop.it
In this lecture, Kelly McGonigal, PhD, will present: “How Compassion and Altruism Create Resilience”. This talk will explore new scientific insights into how cultivating compassion and practicing altruism can increase our well-being during times of stress. This event is an hour-long lecture followed by questions from the audience. The talk will be recorded and posted to CCARE’s YouTube Channel and website  several weeks after the event.
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Practicing Compassion, a review

Practicing Compassion, a review | Compassion | Scoop.it

Frank Rogers Jr’s book, Practicing Compassion, is a welcome addition to the field of books bringing the positive insights and wisdom of religious traditions to a wider audience. The book sets out with the premise that while compassion is much talked about in religious settings and ever more in popular psychology, not many people know how to cultivate or practice it (although the caveat is given that there are numerous Buddhist teachings on cultivating compassion).*


Rogers is a teacher of applied compassion at Triptykos and professor of spiritual formation and narrative pedagogy and program director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology, CA. His life of applying and teaching compassionate action shines through in every page of the book.


 by Justin Whitaker 

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Reflections on the Entanglement of Principled Compassion, Morality, and Mind

Reflections on the Entanglement of Principled Compassion, Morality, and Mind | Compassion | Scoop.it

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.  — Dr. Albert Schweitzer


As I contemplated this question, I found further questions flowed forth: What role does compassion play at the intersection of mind and morality? Are mind and morality connected through principled compassion? What is compassion? And why would one modify the word “compassion” with the word “principled”? ...


The Benedictine monk Thomas Merton said, “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Merton’s profoundly moral and enactive perspective points to a vision of all of life as interdependent, entangled, and embedded. This vision orients one toward action that is fundamentally unselfish and selfless.


This is “principled compassion”; compassion with a clear moral foundation based on courage, love, and positive regard for and respect of all beings and things.  


by Joan Halifax


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Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion | Compassion | Scoop.it
Criticizing approaches that devalue human lives, especially the lives of those who suffer from serious illness, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of offering increased care and concern instead, urging people to demonstrate a compassion that does not judge and that "does not demand conversion."
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The Compassionate Brain: Mary Prefontaine, Co-Founder Brew: Distilling Mindful Leaders

The Compassionate Brain:  Mary Prefontaine, Co-Founder Brew: Distilling Mindful Leaders | Compassion | Scoop.it
For many, compassion has often been considered an over indulgence in kindness – perhaps even foolish in times of mediation, negotiation, divorce or war.


It’s not been the first skill we call upon when we’re fighting for our jobs, our homes, or our freedom. However, times have shifted and we need a new set of skills to navigate the complexity in our everyday. I am most interested in the conversation we can have when we consider the recent neuroscience on how we can train our brains to be compassionate.


If compassion is a learned capability, can we align and elevate ourselves with Buddhist psychology – that compassion is a natural part of being human –a part of our best selves and something worth claiming?


What might our lives look like if we all practiced compassion?


Let’s consider together what is possible if we trained ourselves to be compassionate leaders in our places of business, our community, and the world. Read more about Mary.

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Why Fostering a Culture of Companionate Love in the Workplace Matters

Why Fostering a Culture of Companionate Love in the Workplace Matters | Compassion | Scoop.it
Companionate love is shown “when colleagues who are together day in and day out, ask and care about each other’s work and even non-work issues,” Barsade says. “They are careful of each other’s feelings.


They show compassion when things don’t go well. And they also show affection and caring — and that can be about bringing somebody a cup of coffee when you go get your own, or just listening when a co-worker needs to talk.”-


by Knowledge@Wharton

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Former monk to speak on the power of compassion

Former monk to speak on the power of compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it
“What meditation means is the process by which certain inner skills are cultivated and enhanced.


When this perspective becomes sustained and we spontaneously see others as having the same deep aspiration to live and be free from suffering,” Negi said, “then our feelings toward this person will be very different. We will empathize more deeply. “


We naturally feel more tender toward those who are kind to us, and in the lojong tradition, he added, “if we attune to the kindness we receive from others, we would naturally feel more tenderly toward them.”


Lobsang Tenzin Negi

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Compassion Definition - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu

Compassion Definition  - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu | Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.


Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Altruism, in turn, is the kind, selfless behavior often prompted by feelings of compassion, though one can feel compassion without acting on it, and altruism isn’t always motivated by compassion.

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9 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care

9 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care | Compassion | Scoop.it

9 Steps to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care

The Best Way to Care for Others is to Care for Yourself!

In the field we know that lives are depending on us so it is vital that we take care of ourselves so that we can care for them,

  • Eat, Sleep and Relax as you normally would,
  • Make sure to Exercise Physically to help relieve stress,
  • Avoid the use of Chemicals to either enhance performance or induce rest.
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9 Inspirational Quotes On Compassion

We are more than individuals. We are intricately tied to one another, and when we treat each person we meet with kindness, it is our own hearts we are helping to grow.


Here are nine inspired thoughts from different teachers on the power of compassion to heal and strengthen the bonds we share.


1. Compassion is always, always a choice we can make.
The heart is like a garden; it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?  – Jack Kornfield


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Compassion: Part II

Compassion: Part II | Compassion | Scoop.it

by Sam Huntington (Continued from last week)
Even though compassion is related to empathy, it is not benevolent.  Empathy suggests the ability to assume the perspective of and feel the emotions of others; compassion comes from a desire to do something to relieve suffering. 


It is an overt act … and if you happen to be religious, it should be an explicit act.  These are the things that religious people believe will help them to find a pathway to Heaven. 


Sadly, our welfare system in the US is
not compassionate,
nor does it elicit empathy for the plight
of the impoverished.


  In fact, the government has relieved us of any overt act of Christian charity.  They take from us a certain percentage of our income, and give it away to others … and there is scant impetus to change the status quo.

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Experience Compassion Conference: Colorado Springs 2014

Experience Compassion Conference: Colorado Springs 2014 | Compassion | Scoop.it
Experience Compassion Conference: June 27-28th, 2014 - Colorado Springs. Learn about Compassion International & how to advocate for children in poverty.


“Learning more about Compassion…its vision, successes, and the magnitude of its work. It gave me so much confidence to speak up for this ministry.”


“My granddaughter and I are new to Compassion and this event helped us get a much better understanding of what Compassion’s mission is and how it is fulfilled. It helped my granddaughter learn what a sponsored child’s life is like and why sponsorship is so important…especially the letter writing.”


“I love to gather with other like-minded people who have the same goals and passions for helping children in poverty. We need to have our spirits and passion rejuvenated from time to time, because there seems to be some negativity out there in the world. Being able to gather with so many positive and joyful souls to share stories and techniques was great!”



Courtesy of Compassion International: http://blog.compassion.com/experience-compassion-conference-colorado-springs-co/#ixzz34Mdqv0eO

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