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Abundance Mindsets On Profit For Heart-Centered Business Owners: Marketing ... - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)

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Abundance Mindsets On Profit For Heart-Centered Business Owners: Marketing ...
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Many spiritual and mindful professionals wrestle with the idea of making financial gains from their expertise and services.
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39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta

39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta | Compassionate Cities | Scoop.it
Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it...

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John Michel's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:00 PM

Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it.

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Nipun Mehta @ TEDx | 3 Stages of Generosity

Nipun Mehta, the founder of ServiceSense, speaks at TEDxGoldenGateED on June 11, 2011 about the 3 stages of generosity: Give, Receive, Dance.

"When you give you find that compassion is contagious and you start to create community.
When you receive you start to discover abundance.
When you dance not only do you create micro gift economies but we start to seed a gift culture."


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Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion | Video on TED.com

Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.


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Compassionate City - LouisvilleKy.gov

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Pursuing his goal of making Louisville an even more compassionate city, Mayor Greg Fischer has signed a resolution adopting the international “Charter for Compassion” – making Louisville the largest city in America to take this action. Louisville will also embark on a 10-year campaign for compassion which will be implemented by a new local group, the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville. The Partnership will be co-chaired by Louisville attorney Tom Williams and Sadiqa Reynolds, Mayor Fischer’s chief of community building.

 

Compassionate Louisville | Students: Give your views on compassion

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This is a special invitation to all schools, all age groups, to tweet, text, write, draw, paint, photograph or video what you see, feel, express or think about compassion. The Courier-Journal will make the selections and publish entries in the Nov. 11 Sunday Forum and online.

 

Nov. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of Compassionate Louisville. Help the city celebrate by sharing what you see as compassion.

 

All students from all schools — including home schools — can participate.


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Compassion: The Best Kept Secret to Happiness by Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D.

Compassion: The Best Kept Secret to Happiness by Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D. | Compassionate Cities | Scoop.it

How compassion is the best kept secret to being happy, healthy, wealthy and wise...

Compassion Makes You Happy

A brain-imaging study headed by neuroscientist Jordan Grafman from the National Institute of Health showed that the "pleasures centers" in the brain, i.e. the parts of our brains that are active when we experience pleasure (like dessert, money, sex) are equally active when we observe someone giving money to charity as when we receive money ourselves! Giving to others even increases well-being above and beyond spending money on ourselves. In a revealing experiment published in Science by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, participants received a sum of money...  At the end of the study, participants that had spent money on others felt significantly happier than those that had spent money on themselves.

 

by Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Emma Malcolm Seppala
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/Emma-Seppala.htm



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How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth

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Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.

 

Compassion is a powerful moral emotion—it moves us to care for the suffering of others, and enables us to live cooperatively with one another.

 

Yet we live in a society of constant connection, in which the successes and sorrows of others are brought to us instantly through phones, computers, TV, radio, and newspapers. With that increased connection comes the risk of becoming overwhelmed or overburdened by our emotions. Fearing exhaustion, we turn off ourcompassion.

 

But my research suggests we can actually expand our compassion bandwidth without hurting ourselves. As the science of compassion develops, we can find empirically supported ways to cultivate and sustain compassion when it is needed the most.

 

By C. Daryl Cameron

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:    Daryl Cameron

http://j.mp/SEGSUx


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Charter for Compassion - The Compassionate Approach

Charter for Compassion - The Compassionate Approach | Compassionate Cities | Scoop.it

I wanted to share with you some thoughts sparked in me this morning by an excerpt from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.    

As I prepare to teach a course on self-compassion, this passage jumped out at me as profoundly wise:

 

The nonviolent [compassionate] approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally, it reaches the opponent and so stirs his/[her] conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

by Helen McConnell


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Compassion and Empathy in Social Justice

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Using a few pricinples of non-violent communication and comments from friends, I examine the balance between empathy in social justice and compassion.

 

While I certainly don’t always practice the concepts of non-violent communication, I found the concepts surrounding it useful and I’ve found the discussions and the points my friends have brought up useful as well. While I’ve also struggled with expressing and receiving empathy, I’ve also had issues with arguing and fighting past a point of self-care where I was not only wasting my time, but causing myself more stress and frustration in the end.

 

So with all of these in mind, I want to recap a few basic principles:

 

You are taught and encouraged to be oppressive towards yourself and to others.

Someone who does not have any empathy is incapable of giving you empathy.


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Rafiq Hajat's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:40 AM

People, who have been dehumanised for decades, may find it difficult to extend humanity to others.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Compassionate Cities | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Self-Compassion: Treating Yourself As You'd Treat a Good Friend

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The golden rule tells us that we should treat others as we would want them to treat us. Maybe so, but hopefully we won't treat them even half as badly as we treat ourselves.

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Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.
"If compassion is so good for us, why don't we train our children in compassion? If compassion is so good for us, why don't we train our health care providers in compassion. And if compassion is so good for us, why don't we vote on compassion? Why don't we vote for people in our government based on compassion?"


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The Four Myths of Self Compassion

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If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama

 

We are conditioned to put the other person ahead of ourselves, sometimes to the detriment of our own ability to be kind to ourselves. Why is this?

 

Dr. Kristin Neff was teaching a workshop I recently attended about self-compassion. She had the workshop participants get into pairs and sit facing our partners. Then, one person closed her eyes while the other looked at her and silently repeated a loving-kindness meditation Dr. Neff shared with us.

I didn’t know the person I was paired with. But, as I looked at her and silently directed the meditation toward her, I felt waves of compassion and kindness and even love for her.

 

By Bobbi Emel


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Compassion

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The Definition of Compassion
Now that we have discussed the process of having and learning we shall move onto compassion itself. What is compassion? Well I could go to the dictionary and copy what it says, instead I will write what I think that compassion is about. My definition of compassion is a little complex and will take a little explaining, so lets begin. Compassion is an expression of empathy for another’s human condition in as much as a direct recognition of humanity and circumstance that has produced a state of loving kindness. Compassion is a state of indiscriminate forgiveness toward another human being state of existence. Now I have expressed two definitions one more to go, Compassion is love expressed toward another because of the recognition of the self. Empathy Love and Forgiveness combined is what I call Compassion. The expression of this kind of compassion is probably the most beautiful thing in the world because it is total understanding and love.


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Understanding the New Compassion

Understanding the New Compassion | Compassionate Cities | Scoop.it

Compassion: it feels wonderful to get and wonderful to give. It’s no surprise, then, that 68 percent of Americans in our recent survey rate themselves in the 8 to 10 range on the compassion scale – the most popular of 10 labels we offered. It’s also a shining example of how logic is overrated in the formula of what makes a product, brand, candidate or cause relevant.

 

Steve McGrath


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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 | Compassionate Cities | 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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Coaching in a Nutshell

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I just realized how incredibly challenging it is to clarify what Professional Coaching is all about. As I am sitting here, attempting to prepare a very brief introduction for tomorrow about myself, my academic and professional ...
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