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Self-compassion and Parenting: The Radical Art of Teaching Children to be Nice to Themselves

Self-compassion and Parenting: The Radical Art of Teaching Children to be Nice to Themselves | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Metta meditation is a core practice for many people, and if you meditate or participate in a contemplative tradition, the concept of “self-compassion” is probably very familiar to you. Most versions of metta begin with one’s self as the object of compassion. As the well-known meditation teacher Jack Kornfield explained, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

 

The logic of self-compassion is very sound. If you want to be compassionate to others, you must be compassionate to yourself first. You simply cannot give what you do not already have. As Pema Chodron has explained “in order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.” Strong metta always includes the meditator in some sense.

 

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Children do what we do, not what we say. Compassion is an important quality to instill in children. The way we do that is largely through role modeling self-compassion as well as kindeness to others.
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Can Compassion be left to chance?

Can Compassion be left to chance? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can Compassion be left to chance?
An invitation to leaders and professionals in Healthcare to consider how the core value of compassion can be “consciously orchestrated” in their organisations.  By Dr. Roger Greene, Alastair Mitchell-Baker and Simon Thane. 

http://www.tricordant.com/pdf/case18.pdf

 

Within this he proposes an action plan for compassion:
• Declare ‘compassion’ as a core value.
• Reward rather than punish compassionate caring.
• Hone communication and relationship skills.
• Provide space for staff to discuss difficult issues.
• Challenge models of professionalism.
• Hard-wire new behaviours.
• Declare compassion as a management and leadership competence.
• Engage health consumers in the change.

 

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Empathy, not sympathy | CapeCodOnline.com

Empathy, not sympathy | CapeCodOnline.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The actions of this small handful of individuals also offer an important lesson in the difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy occurs when someone who is not experiencing and who has never experienced a certain element of suffering attempts to express concern for someone who is. Too often, sympathy devolves into something more akin to pity.

 

Empathy is entirely different; empathy requires us to feel the same emotions experienced by others before we can offer words of encouragement and hope. In short, you have to live it to feel it; you have to endure the suffering before you earn the right to say, "I know exactly what you are going through." To be fair, none of these advocates would claim to truly know what it means to be homeless; they knew that at the end of this one long night, they would be welcomed back into the arms and homes of loved ones. For those who are homeless, there is no immediate prospect that their suffering will have such a speedy or happy ending.

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Empathy at scale | Design Thinking

Empathy at scale | Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the principles of design thinking is that it requires empathy for users to inspire ideas. Normally we think about getting that from ethnographic style research. Diving deep into the lives of a relatively small number of people, understanding the environment they live in, their social networks, seeing things first hand. We have lots of evidence that this works but I sometimes wonder if we aren’t also missing something. The problem with looking deeply at a few people is that you miss the opportunity for insights that might come connecting more broadly across cultures.

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Compassion & Business Conference | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Compassion & Business Conference | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - 8:00am - 4:00pmLocation: Stanford University, Room TBA

The purpose of the Compassion & Business Conference, a one-day conference to be held April 30, 2013, is to present and create a dialog around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and business by leading research experts in the field as well as business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in their organization.

Conference presenters will explore and discuss the neural correlates, biological bases and antecedents of compassion with regards to its application to the corporate world; the effects of compassion on behavior, physiology, physical and psychological health and well-being and the brain; and methods, techniques, and programs for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.

 

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Daily thought: global empathy

Daily thought: global empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The shootings in an elementary school in Connecticut rocked the Nation but it also raised an awareness of Americans and Globalempathy.

 

Empathy is the ability to understand the pain of others. In the Daily thought: acceptance and empathy a neuro-science study conducted by an executive director and attorney, Kimberly Papillion, found that some people have a pre-disposition to only have empathy for those who are related to them in some way.

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Science Shows Empathy from Doctors Can Lead to Happier, Healthier Mesothelioma Patients

Science Shows Empathy from Doctors Can Lead to Happier, Healthier Mesothelioma Patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mesothelioma patients may react better to treatments and will be happier when their patients show them some empathy.

 

In an article posted earlier this month, it was noted that medical providers in the UK are encouraged to be cognizant of the impact their words can have on their patients. When telling a patient of his newly-diagnosed mesothelioma, for example, the doctors are encouraged to walk in their patient’s shoes to understand the repercussions their words could have. Now, researchers report empathy from physicians can lead to “happier patients with better health outcomes.”

 

Researchers from Michigan State University can now back this up through a small scientific study of patients after discussions with doctors. They found that “a doctor-patient relationship built on trust and empathy doesn’t just put patients at ease — it actually changes the brain’s response to stress and increases pain tolerance.

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Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media

Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately. Maybe you have, too.

By its very definition, empathy involves connecting with others to understand how they feel. And we’ve never been more connected. With Skype and Hangouts, social media and instant messaging, friends and family are never far away. Making a new connection is as easy as sending a Facebook request or clicking “follow.”

 

by Courtney Seiter

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2012 Highlights: The Power of Compassion

Thanks to the kindness of our wonderful members and the dedication of our amazing volunteers, 2012 has been a tremendous year for Compassion Over Killing — and for animals. Together, with your support today, we're building a kinder tomorrow.
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Empathy cannot be legislated

Empathy cannot be legislated | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Some are born with an innate capacity for empathy. The smallest children sometimes show a deep wordless compassion that is astonishing. But not all of us are created this way, so we need to be taught. The most basic teaching begins with manners -- saying please and thank you, behaving with kindness and generosity. We are, or should be, taught this by our parents. However, true empathy needs to be further developed through the teaching of more subtle concepts. Themost familiar is the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

 

Empathy cannot be legislated. There is no law -- prohibiting gun ownership, requiring our schools, hospitals and airports to become fortresses -- that will overcome this gaping hole in the contemporary soul. Teaching is the only way that the vast majority of us can learn to be something that we would not become if left to our own devices. 


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Design Empathy

Design Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here is a great presentation from Braden Kowitz on optimizing the design process. Lot of insights around empathy and the importance of testing often and early. Arthur has been putting a very simila...
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The Chill of Loneliness

The Chill of Loneliness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Feeling excluded from the crowd literally makes us colder.

 

“It’ll be cold, so cold, without you to hold.”

The poets were right about the chill of isolation and rejection — more, perhaps, than even they knew: when a person feels lonely or is being excluded by others, his or her skin literally becomes colder. 

 

By HANS IJZERMAN and JUSTIN SADDLEMYER

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Hospital Impact - 4 key ingredients for creating an exceptional patient experience: Empathy, Compassion...

Hospital Impact - 4 key ingredients for creating an exceptional patient experience: Empathy, Compassion... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

2. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to identify with and understand another's feelings, situation and motives.

 

As I wrote in a previous Hospital Impact article, Tony DiGioia, M.D. says the key to delivering exceptional care experiences to everyone, all the time," requires caregivers to "view all care experiences through the eyes of the patients and families."

 

Empathy enables us to take off our own eyeglasses and put on those of the patients and families we are called to serve so as to see through their eyes. When we do so,empathy transforms "I" or "you" to "we."

Fortunately, empathy is a teachable skill, which is why business schools like Harvard, hospitals like Massachusetts General and world-class companies like Zappos are training students, residents and employees alike how to understand and respond to another person's feelings.

 

3. Compassion

 

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Can We Teach Kids Compassion?

Can We Teach Kids Compassion? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a nation of educators, parents, children and their family members – how can we come to terms with that event? Is there a response educators and communities could make that would help us all to heal? And is there a way to reduce the number of people in our world who are capable of taking actions like those Adam Lanza took?

 

These concerns brought me back to the question of whether compassion could be taught. From my spiritual training as a Buddhist in a Tibetan lineage, I knew beyond doubt that the answer is YES. Training in compassion has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. Practices to awaken and strengthen compassion for all beings, in all circumstances, are the foundation of every young monk and nun’s education – and even a middle-class, middle-aged guy like me can benefit significantly from them.

 

by Scott Cronenweth

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Veganwise: Empathy is at the heart of vegan philosophy

Veganwise: Empathy is at the heart of vegan philosophy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is at the heart of vegan philosophy. Our vegan game plan, blue print or set of precepts, is empathy-guided. It’s out of this empathy-philosophy that the vegan-diet emerged, throwing up at first almost insurmountable problems. To be vegan is impossible, or so they once thought. The broad perception of ‘vegan’ was, and largely still is, that it is too demanding. Which then makes the advocate’s job, to address the practical problems of implementing a vegan lifestyle, all the more important to get right.

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism ;
Fanny Kemble (1809–1893) by Thomas Sully, 1834. The OED attributes an early use of the word "vegetarian" to her

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It’s Time for Design to Start Empathy Too

It’s Time for Design to Start Empathy Too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a really big word in design, specifically in the practice of “Design Thinking.” However, this article examines a different role for empathy in design, one that is very frequently overlooked.

 

In Design Thinking, empathy is what kicks off a project – it is the first step in understanding what the end user might need by being able to get hands-on experience understanding their problems and “pain points.” The space in which empathy is quite absent from design, however, is in communication materials, a medium that is historically sympathetic. Sympathy, as opposed to empathy, does not foster a deep understanding or emotional connection. Empathy, as opposed to sympathy, is a way for us to develop our understanding by sharing an experience.

 

By Matthew Manos

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Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How empathy is leading the way in creative fields

 

The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection is quite thought provoking and has gotten me  thinking about all kinds of links between empathy and creativity.

In the video, philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life.  Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life.

 

By  Ben Weinlick of Think Jar Collective

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Empathy Circles

A basic outline of the Empathy Circles and the stages of empathy we work with.  

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A Christmas Wish: The Gift of Compassion

A Christmas Wish: The Gift of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion, to me, is freely giving of myself to another with no expectation of return. True compassion is that which takes all those parts of us, such as love, humility, forgiveness, and binds us together through spiritual action. And therein lies the key; action.

 

Without action, compassion is nothing more a momentary pause; a hanging of the head, a tear, an ache in the heart. The momentary emotional pause, however, is only a first step. It is the pause which allows us to feel the need to act. Whether or not we act, is the next step, and where we many times fall short.

 

by JACK HAMLIN 

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion.

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you'll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the subhead Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell you why your self-esteem might be low, but to show you how to get your hands on some more of it. It's a thriving business because self-esteem is, at least in Western cultures, considered the bedrock of individual success. You can't possibly get ahead in life, the logic goes, unless you believe you are perfectly awesome...

 

A growing body of research, including new studies by Berkeley's Juliana Breines and Serena Chen, suggest that self-compassion, rather than self-esteem, may be the key to unlocking your true potential for greatness.

 

by Heidi Grant Halvorson

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Self - Esteem or  self-compassion: The main point  it´s to read what is this meaning of self- compassion, according new studies.

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There is a middle ground and to get their one has to first manifest humility. In North American humility is not looked upon as a virtue by most youthful people. Perhaps they are far too busy healing themselves ot low self esteem and applying I am awesome band-aids to go deeper and then develop 9 Practical Superpowers  http://www.iam-u.org/index.php/how-to-develop-9-practical-superpowers

 

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Self-Compassion is More Important to Success than Self-Esteem

Self-Compassion is More Important to Success than Self-Esteem | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being proud of your work and showing some self-esteem and confidence will get you a long way in life, but at the office, sometimes it's the ability to forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes that's more valuable than pure ego. Self-compassion can help you learn and grow, which is key to succeeding in any career.

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new concept, supported by data, self-compassion instead of self-esteem

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Take it easy on yourself.  Accepting that you are not perfect is a key ingredient to wellness and having good self esteem. 

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Don't be hard on yourself. Accepting that you are not 100% perfect can actually be good for you. 

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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Power of Compassion

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Power of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This past Saturday, more than 250 COK supporters—including very special guests Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin,Cupcake Wars champion and owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats Doron Petersan, and COK founder Paul Shapiro—joined us to celebrate the power of compassion at our annual holiday party

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Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online

Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 How do we suffer with each other in our particular circumstances?

How do we suffer with people like the friends and family members who are grieving in Connecticut? How do we share in the suffering of people around us every day?

 

And how do we suffer with people like Adam Lanza, after and before they perpetrate such crimes?

 

To many, this sounds like giving in to defeat ... as if we're merely saying it's the poor who are blessed. I've been in too many business and personal situations in which everyone's intuition is flat wrong. That's reason enough to believe that the way of compassion might be worth a try.

 

By REV. WILLIAM L. BULSON

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'Doctors must learn care and compassion': Prince Charles claims modern medicine is putting the 'human touch' at risk

'Doctors must learn care and compassion': Prince Charles claims modern medicine is putting the 'human touch' at risk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, His Royal Highness made a heartfelt plea to the medical profession to foster a climate of care and compassion yesterday.''

 

The Health Service must learn to listen to its patients and be more caring, Prince Charles said yesterday. Modern medicine and technology are putting the ‘human touch’ at risk, according to the heir to the throne.

 

 

In a heartfelt plea, he said medical schools should try to foster a climate of care and compassion among doctors. Charles’s intervention follows a series of reports of appalling treatment by NHS staff, including dying patients left screaming for water.

 

He called on doctors and nurses to heed what patients say so they can develop the ‘healing empathy’ so badly needed.


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Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization

Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We may or may not, be hardwired to be empathic creatures -- but without it, human society can become one very ugly place. A place without help; a place without hope; a place built upon the bricks of anger and fear....

 

Empathy is also a choice. It is a mindset. It is the force of human will, that builds bridges,instead of bombs.

Empathy is a choice. One we get the opportunity to make again and again, with the dawning each new day.  To feel someone else's pain -- or not. To share in the struggle, or to withdrawn from society and erect an invisible wall, to protect "your own."



 
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