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How do we put the compassion back into healthcare?: Full roundtable discussion

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In the wake of the Francis report, the BMJ gathered experts to discuss compassion in the health service. This is the discussion in full.


Taking part are:

 

Domhnall MacAuley, BMJ primary care editorAnthony Silverstone, consultant at UCH Peter Carter, chief executive for the Royal College of Nursing Jocelyn Cornwall, director, The Point of Care programme, The King's Fund Joanne Watson, consultant at Musgrove Park Hospital Sean O'Brien, head of the patient experience group at Musgrove Park Hospital

 

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into healthcare?
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What Makes a Compassionate Man?

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What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.

 

I had promised myself that I would never lay a hand on my children, but here I was abusing my beloved son.

 

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I started with empathy,

which led me to compassion.

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I knew I had to change. I started with empathy, which led me to compassion. I committed to a daily meditation practice, took the CCARE Cultivating Compassion class at Stanford University, and completed a ten-day silent meditation retreat. I read and researched everything I could find on compassion. I found that the more compassion I felt, the happier I became.

 

Convinced that I had found an essential ingredient to a happy and peaceful life, I started to interview scientific and spiritual experts on compassion, trying to find out what made a compassionate man.

 

By Kozo Hattori 


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HOW TO: Engage 5 Generations of Donors and Supporters

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The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Each generation living today has come of age with profoundly different experiences concerning mass commu...

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It will be important for charities to get to know their donors and their preferences. How many of us know the age demographics of all our donors? Hmmm.

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CREATING A CULTURE OF COMPASSION

CREATING A CULTURE OF COMPASSION | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it

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How can leaders model compassion

like Jesus and create a

culture of compassion?

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Here are some thoughts.


1. Listen.

The power of active listening is one of the most effective compassion tools we have. We can all listen to someone who just needs to download all their heart to someone. Take time and energy to listen. Schedule time in your day to be available to people.

 

Open the door to your office and you’ll be amazed at how much more approachable people become when they see that you set the example that you put a high value on listening to others.


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The Dalai Lama Talks About Compassion, Respect

Two talks at Stanford emphasize the need for dialogue in resolving conflict, and the need for compassion that extends beyond creeds and beliefs. 'Dalai Lama ...
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Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas: Compassion in the Brain

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., is the science director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. In this talk for the 2012 Mindfulness and Compassion...
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To me, all the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters. And when I write provocative social and cultural criticism that causes readers to stretch their minds...

To me, all the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters. And when I write provocative social and cultural criticism that causes readers to stretch their minds... | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it
bell hooks meets with Thich Nhat Hanh to ask: how do we build a community of love? ("To me, all the work I do is built on a foundation of loving-kindness. Love illuminates matters.
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What Tibetan Buddhism Can Teach Us About Happiness - Huffington Post

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What Tibetan Buddhism Can Teach Us About Happiness Huffington Post A 2012 Emory University study suggested that compassion training derived from ancient Tibetan practices may boost empathy, and other studies have shown that loving-kindness...
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Which meditation for what benefits? | contemplating cognition

Which meditation for what benefits? | contemplating cognition | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it
If that did happen, it would be hard to convince anyone that such empathy can stem from attending to one's breath or even scanning one's body.
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Are Humans Instinctively Compassionate?

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Humans are instinctively compassionate is a viewpoint that has been expressed, hypothesized and tested in multiple studies over the last two decades. This article explores this viewpoint and provides insight into the subject.

 

That humans are instinctively compassionate is a viewpoint that has been expressed, hypothesized and tested in multiple studies over the last two decades. 

 

Some of this research is referenced in the widely circulated article, The Compassionate Instinct, by UC Berkeley Psychology Professor Dacher Keltner. He cited different studies that showed similar neurological reactions in mothers seeing pictures of their own or others’ babies and subjects asked to think about people being harmed.

The neurological reactions occurred in areas of the brain associated with positive emotions, said Keltner, founding faculty director of the school’s Greater Good Science Center.

 

Sara, from Institute of HeartMath


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Can You Teach Compassion?

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We all want to be treated with compassion, but can we be compassionate too?

 

Many wonder if compassion can be taught or is it just inborn? Research on child development and temperament seems to suggest that some young children appear to be born more compassionate than others. Some are more attentive to the needs and concerns of others. Yet research also suggests that compassion can be taught throughout the lifespan too.

 

For example, research in my lab here at Santa Clara University has found that college students who attend service learning immersion trips spending a great time with those who are poor and marginalized in either domestic or international location do, in fact, become more compassionate (at least after their immersion experience and for several months later when assessed in follow up testing).

 

We are currently examining a large university data set to determine which college activities (e.g., selected major, extracurricular activities) are associated with compassion development over time.

 

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Yes!  We can teach compassion. 

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Meditating on compassion brings change

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The term “monkey mind” describes me perfectly. There’s always something clamoring for attention up there.

 

My attempts at meditation usually went something like this: Deep breath in, deep breath out, hmmm ... do I need to add money to Ben’s lunch account? Speaking of lunch, what will I eat today — a salad or sandwich? Gosh, 20 minutes is a long time to sit here.

 

by Jessica Thiel

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Compassionate Communities Conference - March 14 | Charter for Compassion

Compassionate Communities Conference - March 14 | Charter for Compassion | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it

When our keynote speaker, British author Karen Armstrong, says “Compassionate Cities are Uncomfortable Cities”, she means that compassion requires knowing the suffering of others. To be a compassionate community means that we will not rest if there is inadequate access to food, shelter and clothing, quality education, affordable healthcare, protection from violence and the opportunity to earn a living wage.

 

what we can do to build a more

compassionate city through

a grassroots compassion

movement


Seattle is a center of awareness and action as a compassionate community. We hosted The Seeds of Compassion event in 2008 and were the first city to affirm the Charter for Compassion. As a continuation and focus on real issues and actions, this conference will look at what we can do to build a more compassionate city through a grassroots compassion movement to support real measurable change in Seattle and the region.


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Why aren't we more compassionate?

Why aren't we more compassionate? | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it
Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence,

asks why we aren't more compassionate

more of the time.


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Wharton - Why Fostering a Culture of Compassion in the Workplace Matters

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For some employees, a typical day at the office might begin with a barrage of work-related questions from impatient colleagues who have been awaiting their arrival.

 

For others, it might start off with a series of cheerful greetings from co-workers, questions about how their family members are doing or perhaps an offer to grab a quick cup of coffee before the daily work deluge begins.

 

According to Wharton management professor Sigal Barsade, there is reason to believe that the latter scenario — which illustrates what she refers to as “companionate love” in the workplace — is not only more appealing, but also is vital to employee morale, teamwork and customer satisfaction.

 

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“companionate love” in the workplace —
is not only more appealing, but also
is vital to employee morale, teamwork
and customer satisfaction.

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TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY

TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it

Everybody’s suddenly talking about empathy, from the Dalai Lama to agony aunts, from business gurus to happiness experts. And it’s not surprising, since in the last decade neuroscientists have discovered that 98 per cent of us have empathy wired into our brains. The old story that we are basically selfish, self-interested creatures has been debunked. Our selfish inner drives exist side by side with our empathic other half. We are homo empathicus.

 

The problem is that most of us haven’t yet learned how to switch on our neural circuitry and fulfil our empathic potential. And this really matters. Why? Normally we think of empathy – the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective – as something that makes you a more caring and considerate person by expanding your moral universe

 

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But empathy doesn’t just make you good –

it’s good for you too.

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 But empathy doesn’t just make you good – it’s good for you too. It can help heal broken relationships, make you a more creative person, and expand your wellbeing by forging the human bonds that make life worth living.

 

what does it take to up your personal empathy quotient?

How can empathy play a bigger, more positive role in your life?

 

Here are seven tips.

 

Roman  Krznaric’s book, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution


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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people, essential in our development.
"The study of neuroplasticity is changing the way scientists think about the...

 

“Relationship is key,” he emphasizes. “When we work with relationship, we work with brain structure. Relationship stimulates us and is essential in our development. People rarely mention relationship in brain studies, but it provides vital input to the brain.

 

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Relationship stimulates us and is

essential in our development.

People rarely mention relationship

in brain studies, but it provides

vital input to the brain.

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Every form of psychotherapy that works, works because it creates healthier brain function and structure.… In approaching our lives, we can ask where do we experience the chaos or rigidity that reveal where integration is impaired.

 

We can then use the focus of our attention to integrate both our brain and our relationships. Ultimately we can learn to be open in an authentic way to others, and to ourselves.

 

The outcome of such an integrative presence is not only a sense of deep well-being and compassion for ourselves and others, but also an opening of the doors of awareness to a sense of the interdependence of everything. ‘We’ are indeed a part of an interconnected whole.””

 

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“We is what me is!”

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:34 PM

The network of "I" is connected to the network that is "us" in an upward gradient.

 

There can be no full "I" without "we", because all humans have to be socialized, like any other social animal, in order to develop fully as individual human beings.

 

We are all connected to one another and the environment to form one web on this planet.  It affects us and we affect it, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, depending upon what we do to it consciously and subconsciously.

 

Why listen to the individualists who have absolutely no sense or desire to connect with the other that is around them and that has helped form them as individuals, psychologically, physically and socially?

 

They are not in touch with the actual world, and are probably just of a pathological mindset that, I think, needs to be treated as a disease by our society.

 

We are all one.

 

What you do effects all those who are around you and are connected to you.

 

And, most importantly, what you do to them/it is the same thing that you do to yourself, as an individual.

 

Think about it.

 

Libertarians.

 

Conservatives.

 

Think about it.

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The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions - Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions, which took place July 19th to 22nd in Telluride Colorado, was the first large-scale internat...
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Meditation museum hopes to help Congress chill out - San Jose Mercury News

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Meditation museum hopes to help Congress chill out
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Could meditation break through Washington gridlock? The Meditation Museum (because with roughly 75 museums in D.C., why wouldn't there be one for meditation?
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Redirecting...

"Survival of the human species now depends on compassion. --Dalai Lama — at Claflin University http://t.co/JEhLV9BHHw
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Meditation Techniques Effective For Pain Relief

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MNT: Uof NoCarolina CLS on Meditation&Pain-:Sggst its effctv in reduc stress,mitigating pain http://t.co/hbUiRCRJ4e
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UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying | New Hampshire Education

UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying | New Hampshire Education | Compassion Meditation | Scoop.it

 Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have learned that teaching students civility and empathy early on can help prevent incidences of bullying.

They have learned it through the application of the nationally recognized “Courage to Care” bullying prevention program created by UNH researchers and educators and unveiled in 2011.

More than 60 middle schools nationwide use the program, and more and more teachers participate in a three-day leadership training course on the program at the Browne Center each year.

Now, future educators can also learn how to teach the program in a new course offered through UNH’s graduate education program titled “The Courage to Care: Teaching Empathy in the Classroom.”

 

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Brittany Hunter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:57 PM

I think teaching students empathy is a good thing. Bullying in the United States is becoming a really big thing all over the country; especially in middle schools. I think that when students learn what empathy is, and how they can relate to how other students feel in certain situations or when they are bullied, it can help to prevent bullying. I think that schools and universities need to be able to take other actions other than disciplinary actions, and teaching them empathy is a very good way to help abolish bullying.

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Empathic Rats Free Trapped Buddies From Restraints

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Rats express empathy in ways that are familiar to humans.

 

There are always "surprises" emerging from studies of the cognitive, emotional, and moral lives of nonhuman animals (animals) and among the discoveries that received a good deal of attention was detailed research published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals that showed that chickens, mice and rats displayed empathy." Empathic Rats and Ravishing Ravens" has some strong examples, and in that essay I noted how over the past few years scientists have learned much about the moral lives of animals. Now we know rats display this same empathy.

 

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Daniel Goleman: Focus and Compassion

The bestselling author explains the key ideas behind his new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence."

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Evaluating the Benefits of Compassion

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Compassion – in today’s hurried lives, is it worth personal time, energy, and money it takes to express compassion? The answer in terms of common humanity is yes. But many may not know the health-giving effects of compassion and its accompanying feeling of happiness.

 

In “The Best Kept Secret to Happiness: Compassion,” Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D. discusses how people are constantly searching for happiness, and that giving of ourselves generates happiness within. Seppala is the Associate Director for the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, where she focuses on health psychology, well-being, and resilience. She has found that acts of compassion make other people happy, which in turn allows those who received compassion to express compassion in their own lives.


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