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Wrapping up The 2012 Compassion Fatigue Conference

Wrapping up The 2012 Compassion Fatigue Conference | Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr Joan Borysenko kicked off the conference with an inspiring and moving presentation on burnout and the mind-body connection to wellness.  Our breakout speakers continued the journey by offering us both experiential sessions and new data on moral distress and managing conflict in the workplace.

 

Day two saw us spend an hour and a half with the powerhouse that is Dr Linda Duxbury, Canadian expert in work-life balance and role overload.

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Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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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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Amma highlights value of compassion at Stanford University session

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Amma highlights value of compassion at Stanford University session


“For me, compassion is the most important factor in our lives,” said Amma (as Mata Amritanandamayi is known globally) in the 90-minute dialogue that took place in Stanford’s packed 1,700-seat Memorial Hall as part of CCARE’s ongoing “Conversations on Compassions” series.
“It is the first step. If we take this first step courageously, without fear, then all of our decisions and subsequent actions and their results will have a special beauty, spontaneity and power.”
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Neuroscientist: 'Compassion is best learned as a skill'

Neuroscientist: 'Compassion is best learned as a skill' | Compassion | Scoop.it
The neuroscientist whose research inspired the La Crosse Compassion Project visited the city on Monday to headline the "La Crosse Compassion Project Live!" event.


Before talking about his research to more than 500 people at Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center, Dr. Richard Davidson visited the Pump House Regional Arts Center to take a look at the 6,000 6-by-6-inch art panels that depict what compassion means to students in the School District of La Crosse.


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“It turns out when we express compassion, we actually recruit circuits in the brain that we know to be involved in the positive emotions and happiness,”

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Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood by Mary Renck Jalongo

Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood by  Mary Renck Jalongo | Compassion | Scoop.it

In response to highly publicized incidents of school violence, educators across the United States and in many other nations are seeking effective ways to prevent and modify aggressive and anti-social behaviors in students.


One of the major recommendations of the research is that efforts to prevent cruelty need to begin early, during the early childhood years of birth through age eight. 


The focus of Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood is guiding young children to accept responsibility for and to be kind in their interactions with fellow human beings, animals and the environment.


Although humane education is a relatively new concept in the field of early childhood education, professionals in the field are very familiar with many of the related concepts, including: promoting positive interpersonal interactions,


teaching children the skills of self-regulation, giving children experience in caring for living things and protecting the environment.


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The Dalai Lama On Materialism, Getting Older - NBC News

The Dalai Lama On Materialism, Getting Older - NBC News | Compassion | Scoop.it

Maria Shriver talks one-on-one with His Holiness The Dalai Lama in a special interview covering compassion, anger, and his “top secret.”

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Charter For Compassion Makes Surprising Progress

Charter For Compassion Makes Surprising Progress | Compassion | Scoop.it
When the Charter for Compassion was launched in November 2009, I didn't know that by 2012 more than 85,000 people would have affirmed it online or that we would have 150 active partners around the world. I did know that if we were to make the Charter something more than a call to action, we'd have to come up with practical, sustainable, creative and realistic ways to bring compassion back to the center of our world consciousness.

 

We've made great strides in a surprising number of areas.
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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.”-


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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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Compassion International's "Change the Story: The Compassion Experience" is Coming to Spokane

Compassion International's "Change the Story: The Compassion Experience" is Coming to Spokane | Compassion | Scoop.it

Spokane, Wash. (PRWEB) June 04, 2014 -- Interactive Tour Immerses Visitors into Daily Life in Another Country.


Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will be bringing its “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” tour to the Spokane area June 13-16. The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.


The Compassion Experience

The three-day event will be set up in the parking lot of Valley Assembly Church at 15618 E. Broadway Ave. in Spokane,....


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Study: Plucky females most compassionate

Study: Plucky females most compassionate | Compassion | Scoop.it

You are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers and enjoy helping them if you are female, have suffered a recent loss or are plucky, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine.


"We want to foster compassion because
helping others improves your quality of life,
physically and emotionally, too, and can help
you be less isolated and lonely,"


said Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., co-author of the study and professor of psychiatry at the university. "But first we want to identify who is more likely and less likely to be compassionate."

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Can being  more compassionate make you less lonely?

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The Science Behind Compassion: Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Dr. James Doty, Director, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism

The Science Behind Compassion: Center for Social Innovation (CSI), Dr. James Doty, Director, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism | Compassion | Scoop.it

Download  1 hour 13 minutes,

At the Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Nonprofit Management Institute, Dr. James Doty criticizes Silicon Valley’s reluctance to attribute success to support and goodwill in favor of personal genius.


He argues for the necessity of altruism and funding for both societal and individual benefit.


Drawing on his expertise as a neurosurgeon, Doty highlights the mental and physical health benefits that result from compassion. Referencing a “compassion deficit” among the wealthy, he addresses their general fear of “wasting” funds, despite access to vast resources. Finally, using his personal story as an example of the importance of social entrepreneurship and funding support,


Doty urges listeners to consider whether the

amount of emphasis our society places

on compassion is enough.

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An important reflection...Silicon Valley innovation culture can also be traced back to the willingness of people to give of themselves and of their time to others with whom they don't have an immediate connection. 

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New Charter for Compassion Website

New Charter for Compassion Website | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Charter for Compassion is an open and collaborative effort. In Fall 2008, people of all nations, all faiths, all backgrounds, submitted their own words for inclusion in the Charter.

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Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it
It's a common admonishment heard from the lips of parents and teachers around the world: "How would you feel if he/she did that to you?" It's the golden rule in the negative. Erin Henry, a Charter for Compassion activist in Canada, decided to change the reprimand into a celebration and re-crafted the Charter into language for children.
Compassion means to feel what others are feeling - especially when they are feeling pain or sadness. Compassion is inside of all of us. It doesn't matter if you are a girl or a boy, how old you are, what country you live in, where or if you worship, or the color of your skin. We can all show compassion for others.
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