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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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Compassion in Action with Karen Armstrong

Compassion in Action with Karen Armstrong | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Seattle-based group Compassionate Action Network International is hosting events around Western Washington this week for people of all ages and faiths. The events feature a number of authors, leaders and experts aimed at helping spread compassion around the world, one person at a time.

 

Award-winning author Karen Armstrong, who created the Charter for Compassion with input from people around the globe using one shared website, joined Margaret to talk about what it truly means to be compassionate and why it's so important to spread compassion around the globe now more than ever.

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Meg Lyons & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion with Charter for Compassion Pakistan

Meg Lyons & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion with Charter for Compassion Pakistan | Compassion | Scoop.it

Meg Lyons is Executive Officer of the Charter for Compassion in Pakistan. Meg talked to us via her laptop while being driven through the streets of Karachi, Pakistan at night. It really brought home the power of communications technology to bring people together.
Meg talked about her value of courage and authenticity, as well as, about her work of promoting the Charter for Compassion in Pakistan.

 

The Charter of Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of our lives. Our programs, tools, and activities allow our stakeholders and partners the opportunity to explore the value of collaboration, empathy, and compassion within their own respective entities, and institutionalize these positive changes across all sections of society.

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A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life - 7 Compassion Practices

A Guide to Cultivating Compassion in Your Life - 7 Compassion Practices | Compassion | Scoop.it

if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.  ~Dalai Lama

 

I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.

 

The key to developing compassion in your life is to make it a daily practice.

 

 by Leo Babauta

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Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV

Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV | Compassion | Scoop.it
Former Roman Catholic nun and best-selling religious historian Karen Armstrong, who created TED's Charter for Compassion, shares how she found her faith after losing her way.
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South African faith groupings agree on compassion charter

South African faith groupings agree on compassion charter | Compassion | Scoop.it

Major South African faith groupings have called on the public to restore compassion to religion, to ensure that the youth are given accurate information about other traditions and to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity.

 

This comes after faith groupings agreed on a “Charter for Compassion” to restore compassionate thinking and action in religious, moral and political life.

 

by LAEA MEDLEY

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Jon Ramer: Leading the Charge to a More Compassionate Future

Jon Ramer: Leading the Charge to a More Compassionate Future | Compassion | Scoop.it

Recently, I interviewed Jon Eliot Ramer, an American entrepreneur, civic leader, inventor, and musician. Former Executive Director of the Interra Project, Ramer is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ideal Network, a group-buying social enterprise located in Seattle, Washington that donates twenty-five percent of every purchase to a local non-profit or school. He is also the designer and co-founder of the Compassionate Action Network, an organization that led the effort to make Seattle the first in the world to affirm Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion. In his initial role as Executive Director, Jon conceived and launched the Ten Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities, which has now spread to over fifty cities worldwide.

 

by Rahim Kanani

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A Compassionate Future: An Interview with Karen Armstrong

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Three and half years ago, religious thinker and author Karen Armstrong created a Charter for Compassion, a document that sought to activate the Golden Rule around the world and restore the principle of compassion to the center of morality and religion.

 

Since it's launch in November of 2009, more than 76,000 people have signed and affirmed the charter.

 

By Susan Baller-Shepard,

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Northwest Herald | “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”group planned

Northwest Herald | “12 Steps to a Compassionate Life”group planned | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Woodstock is launching a new discussion group based on the book 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, by British writer and former nun Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is author of acclaimed books such as "A History of God," "The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism," "Christianity and Islam," and "The Bible: A Biography."...

 

According to Lisa Jacobsen who will coordinate the discussions, “Social Justice begins withthe compassion in our own hearts – and can only grow as our capacity to becompassionate increases. In this era of increasingly violent polarization, we invite you to join with members of our local multi-faith community and a large international on-line community to spend the next year in developing your moredeeply “compassionate self.’”

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Spalding University » Spalding Named Nation’s First Compassionate University » Spalding University

Spalding University » Spalding Named Nation’s First Compassionate University » Spalding University | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Compassionate Action Network reports the following, “Spalding University, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is the first university in the world to be designated a “Compassionate University” by the International Institute for Compassionate Cities. The decision by the Spalding leadership to meet the requirements of the Institute was made as the Louisville Metro Council voted to make Louisville a Compassionate City.


Spalding is one of the most historic institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, combining a sincere dedication to comprehensive, modern education with a genuine respect for its rich academic heritage. Spalding evolved from the Nazareth Academy, founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 1814 near Bardstown, Kentucky.

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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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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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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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Muna Awad & Edwin Rutsch: Building Empathy with Charter for Compassion - Jordan

Muna Awad & Edwin Rutsch: Building Empathy with Charter for Compassion - Jordan | Compassion | Scoop.it

Muna Awad is Programs Director at the Charter for Compassion-Jordan. She has 15 years of experience working in education as teacher, trainer and private tutor. She worked as head of department for training youth. Muna developed creative positive parenting tools: “Mother’s ToolBox” to help parents creatively overcome the challenges they face raising their children and be able to inspire them to become better people. She feels education is the best way to build a culture of empathy and compassion.

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North America Muslims for Compassion

North America Muslims for Compassion | Compassion | Scoop.it

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), one of the largest Muslim organizations in North America, has been chosen to implement the Charter for Compassion.

 

 The announcement was made by the Charter for Compassion network during ISNA annual convention in Washington last week.

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Compassionate University Initiative

Compassionate University Initiative | Compassion | Scoop.it

“The essence of compassion is a desire to alleviate the suffering of others and promote their well-being.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


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Compassion is a universal value revealing
our common humanity and

interdependence.

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A sustainable future requires augmented compassion for ourselves, fellow humans, and the natural environment.  The core of this initiative is to foster a holistic learning model which educates both the mind and heart of UCSC community in hopes of providing support for the full human experience which extends beyond academia.


 The university has a powerful responsibility and opportunity to impact the lives of young adults who hold our future in their hands. CUI is the thread that strives to weave together a well rounded university education through empathetic community building design.

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One on One - Karen Armstrong

The religious scholar and former nun has called upon faith leaders to collaborate to promote peaceful coexistence.
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Why We Care About the People of Syria | Mirror Neurons

Why We Care About the People of Syria | Mirror Neurons | Compassion | Scoop.it

Modern western cultures have shifted their focus from groups and classes to the individual and his or her personal right to pursue happiness. Each one of us feels that whatever is within the mantle of our skin is 'self', and whatever is outside is something else, something 'out there'.

 

In this vision of the world, you and I are two separate entities with very little connection between us. This view of human nature raises a terrible question: is there anything inside us that makes us care about other people? The response of the international community against the Syrian government gives us a positive message: it seems that we do care... 

As I describe in my recent book The Empathic Brain when we see other people's actions, sensations and emotions, a set of our brain circuits seems to transform this sight into a representation of our own actions, sensations and emotions.


by Christian Keysers

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Time for religion to be a force for good - - The Washington Post

Time for religion to be a force for good - - The Washington Post | Compassion | Scoop.it

Two years ago we launched the Charter for Compassion and yet the people who have come forward to help us have not been religious leaders but business men and women. This is great, because business people know how to strategize and work practically. And they are doing so - in the United States, Pakistan, and the Middle East.

 

We have launched a ten year campaign to build an international network of compassionate cities. This doesn’t mean that these cities are already compassionate, but that they are working hard to implement the ethos of compassion realistically, practically and creatively in the difficult circumstances of the 21st century.

 

by Karen Armstrong

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Basalt Police Chief Roderick O'Connor

An interview with Basalt, Colorado's Police Chief, Roderick O'Connor about compassion, Basalt as a Compassionate City, police work, and the future of the Int...
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Basalt Activist Adrianna Torres - Compassionate Basalt.

Adrianna Torres is an activist for the Latino community in Basalt, Colorado USA. In this video, she talks about her experience and the experience of her community in their relationship to Compassionate Basalt.

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