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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.

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Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center

The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Separating findings from conclusions


I’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The hippocampus was all the rage, and I sometimes felt jealous of the attention lavished on this brain region because of its contribution to memory. 

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Dr. Sutherland - William G. Sutherland DO, Father of Osteopathy In The Cranial Fiel

Dr. Sutherland - William G. Sutherland DO, Father of Osteopathy In The Cranial Fiel | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Dr. Sutherland was labeled a "heretic" and a "quack" for establishing the common sense principle that the body's central nervous system was in "constant rhythmic motion" and this motion was essential factor in human health and sustaining life. Today Dr. Sutherland's theory about the body's physiologic structure has been conclusively validated with the advancement of computerized diagnostic equipment.

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Not that long ago the idea of integrative medicine was thought of as a fringe movement. That time has passed.  Integrative health as a way for modern medicine to address health first is gaining momentum.  


Osteopathy is now mainstream, but still relatively unknown.  We live interesting times.  It is my hope that medicine, science, healing and health moves with "constant rhythmic motion". 

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The Freedom to Choose Something Different with Pema Chödrön

The Freedom to Choose Something Different with Pema Chödrön | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
In The Freedom to Choose Something Different, Pema Chödrön examines and illuminates this nebulous process, clearly identifying where and when you have the opportunity to change your habitual response patterns. . . to choose something different. In this eight-part video course, Pema personally walks you through the landscape of these internal thunderstorms and guides you through the tools to cultivate inner freedom.
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I've listened to hours of Pema's lectures.  Enlightening! 8-) 


Sounds True has put together an intriguing online course.  Consider it. 

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(Benefits) What is Compassion?

(Benefits) What is Compassion? | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Compassion is the most transforming energy in the universe with everything we all long for – kindness, caring, loving.  It is a courageous state of mind and heart, with far-reaching consequences in terms of how we experience ourselves and reality…


Does research supports the value of practicing Compassion?

Yes. Scientific research shows that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, relationships and sense of purpose.


Compassion can be cultivated by meditation practice and offers many benefits:

  • Strengthens brain circuits for pleasure and reward and leads to lasting increases in self-reported happiness
  • Reduces risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the vagus nerve
  • Makes people more resilient to stress; lowers stress hormones in the blood and saliva
  • Boosts the immune response
  • Increases Positive emotion, decreases rumination
  • Decreases negative emotions such as: hatred, jealousy, anger
  • Enhances communication and connection with others so better relationships
  • More compassionate people / parents / workers / societies have better social skills, take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and perform more acts of kindness.

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Rick Hanson - Feeling Loved - YouTube

Empathy and Compassion in Society gives professionals a new perspective on the human capacity to cultivate empathy and compassion. http://compassioninsociety...
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This video captures Rick's presentation at the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco.

At the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference in San Francisco, I explored the primal importance of feeling loved. In this video of my talk, I explain the neuroscience behind this fundamental human need, plus offer practical ways to feel more cared about in everyday life. Enjoy!

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Judson Brewer - The Future of The Mind - LeWeb'14 Paris - YouTube

Published on Dec 10, 2014
Mindfullness is a big trend not only in the technology world, but in some unlikely places too. Super Bowl winners the Seattle Seahawks were taught yoga and sitting meditation as a part of their training. What happens when we all just slow down for a minute? What is the human mind really capable of? Neuroscientists are focused on the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both healthy and impaired individuals. There are some exciting developments on the horizon!

Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., Center For Mindfulness, Umass Medical School
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How do we write our own history? Memory Games

How do we write our own history? Memory Games | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Memory is malleable, dynamic and elusive. In this hour, TED speakers discuss how a nimble memory can improve your life, and how a frail one might ruin someone else's.
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What's the first word that pops to you mind when you heat the word MEMORY?  


Malleable is what my mind delivered today.

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Write your life story because God has made all of us of our own kind.

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Patch Adams, M.D. Integrative Medicine interview - YouTube

Uploaded on Jun 27, 2011

Patch talks more about integrative medicine and his experiences. Dr. Adams has pioneered a new model of medicine which embraces a humane and holistic approach and eliminates our dysfunctional and profit based system. (c)Kirk Mann 2011

http://youtu.be/SARHCS8DRJE
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a still quiet place... A mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents

a still quiet place... A mindfulness program for teaching children and adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
With wisdom, kindness, and inspiring clarity, born from years of mindful living and teaching mindfulness, Amy Saltzman, M.D. guides us through the research proven practical steps of how to help young people learn the fundamentals of resilience, focus, and compassion. Science supported, clinically sound, and educationally brilliant, this book will provide essential tools for all who wish to learn from a master about how children and adolescents can discover their “still quiet place,” the source of their emotional and social intelligence and a lifelong center of inner peace.”
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I taught elementary and middle school for nearly 25 years.  I found my way to a few of the places Amy Saltzman illuminates in this fine book.  I only wish I knew then, what I know now and that I'd had this kind of guidance as a young teacher.

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Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness

Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

From Ozzie Gontang:


Laura Fine taught me what it means to have an Attitude of Gratitude. Appreciation has been shared by so many patients who have been part of the Healing Hearts and Lifestyle Change Program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. These gifts have been shared so deeply by my family and friends over the years. Today I am mindful of the love of my family as Kip and I visit Erin & John, Allison & Takaki this Thanksgiving here in Boston.

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Thank you Ozzie for mindful reminder on this national day of Thanksgiving! 


My heart has been healed.

My lifestyle has changed.

I am thankful for all that you do.


~ Dennis

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The bamboo homes of Bali

CBS Sunday Morning: Published on May 18, 2014

On the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, there are homes tucked into the jungle that look like something out of a fairytale. They're designed to have soaring roof lines, few walls or windows - and nearly everything is fashioned from bamboo. Seth Doane reports.

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These beautiful homes are sustainable works of art found on the Island of Bali.  


This expression is rooted in the Green School, a private school built mostly from bamboo.  It's bright bit of hope from Bali for the 300 students who learn there. 

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Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology

Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.
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Interesting to see Kurzweil thinking so quickly. This video is from 2005.  10 years of change.  5 years to the 20-20's. I'm hanging in there living each day and imagining the near future prospects of these ideas.

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Karen Sothers Sacred Pause: Guided Meditations for Renewing Mind, Body & Soul

Karen Sothers  Sacred Pause: Guided Meditations for Renewing Mind, Body & Soul | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
This gem of a CD, initially made for The Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, offers five different kinds of highly effective, easy-to-follow meditation. Relaxation expert Karen Sothers merges voice, presence, expertise and charisma on this superb sampler, to provide organic guidance in the most popular, accessible ways to meditate. (67 minutes)
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I've been listening and breathing with Karen's guided meditations for several years. It's a remarkable and effective way to find 'peace and stillness in a busy world',  


I so appreciate the gift Karen has given me. Share it. 

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"Shed a Little Light," James Taylor and Lowcountry Voices - Columbia SC

Published on Jul 30, 2015

on 7/29/15 in Columbia SC, James was joined onstage by Charleston choir Lowcountry Voices. Together, they sang “Shed a Little Light” in memory of the victims of the Charleston shooting and their families. The entire audience stood in support. #CharlestonStrong

Video: Pull Brand Stories
Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC

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Throughout my life,  James Tayor has 'Shed a little light'.  After all these years I remain able to hear the message. This is a moving and meaningful performance. 

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Dr Viola M Frymann: Life in her hands

Dr Viola M Frymann:  Life in her hands | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
To parents of the children she helped, she was known as a miracle worker. To her students who came from Osteopathic Medical Schools from around the world she was a mentor, a master teacher, and a leader. To her colleagues across the country, she is an internationally recognized researcher, scholar, and pioneer. To the Osteopathic Physicians of California in the 1960s she was a savior - single-handedly lobbying the legislature and taking her case to the Supreme Court when California refused to license new Osteopathic Physicians.
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Here is a brief biography on a medical pioneer, once considered a 'medical heretic' now recognized as a Guiding Light. 


Osteopathy has helped my wife Janice regain so much that was lost.  



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DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron

DailyOM - Getting Unstuck by Pema Chodron | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

This 6 week course with internationally renowned spiritual teacher, Pema Chodron, presents the essential teachings on a life of fearlessness, aliveness, and true spiritual awakening. The teachings on "Getting Unstuck" offer a direct path to a life of true joy, love, and happiness, and represent a powerful approach to life as revealed by the ancient meditative tradition of Tibet. 

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I've listened to hours of Pema Chodron's teaching. This course will give you everything you give to it. 

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Love Pema Chodron...

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MBSR Research - YouTube

Published on Jun 17, 2014
Saki Santorelli and Jon Kabat-Zinn discuss MBSR Research in this clip from the CFM 30th Anniversary video
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UMASS: Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab

UMASS: Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

The Therapeutic Neuroscience Lab builds on the foundational work of the Center for Mindfulness by bringing a new team of scientists to tackle the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness affects the mind and related behaviors.

Using scientific tools including fMRI, EEG, and mobile device enabled experience sampling, our research is focused on developing and improving evidence-based mindfulness treatments grounded in biological mechanisms and optimized for personalized benefit.

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Dan Siegel: Brain Insights and Well-Being

Dan Siegel: Brain Insights and Well-Being | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.


Using knowledge to link differentiated functions can change life for the better.


If integration creates well-being and happiness, how do we create integration? We can create integration through kind and compassionate relationships with others, and ourselves. And we can create integration in the brain—the focus of this Series. In this second part, we’ll meet the basic parts that can be linked which will be explored in-depth in future entries. Integration is the linkage of differentiated parts, and so first we need to know the individual parts to then use our mind’s ability to focus attention to link these together.

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New Year's Resolution: Recognize amygdala Hijack.  Time to put the limbic region on a peace plan.

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▶ Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference - YouTube

Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you.
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Amy Saltzman and Stephen Hickman discuss mindfulness programs for children and teens.  There is fine work going on in the San Diego area.


Teaching children to be aware, attentive, and present is something all teachers can appreciate.

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5 Simple Tips to Encourage Empathy In Your Kids

5 Simple Tips to Encourage Empathy In Your Kids | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Empathy has so many benefits, both for our kids and for more effective parenting. For instance:

  • Children get along better with other kids because they can put themselves in their shoes.
  • Children learn to regulate their emotions, such as during meltdowns and when they’re over excited.
  • Children can separate other people’s emotions from theirs. For instance, a child may get upset when he sees another child cry. But with empathy, he learns that the other child is the one who really needs help.


Below are effective ways of teaching our kids to show empathy:

  • #1: Create a happy home....
  • #2: Discuss being in other people’s shoes....
  • #3: Highlight common interests and feelings....
  • #4: Mention how their actions affect others....
  • #5: Model empathy...

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Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents

Learning to BREATHE | A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Learning to BREATHE is a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents designed for classroom or other settings. The program is tailored to the needs of adolescents in order to help them manage stress, strengthen emotion regulation and attention, and improve well-being. The complete Learning to BREATHE curriculum, including 6 and 18 session versions and free, downloadable supplementary materials, is available from New Harbinger Publications.

If you are interested in on-site training, please contact Trish Broderick at pcb13@psu.edu.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 5, 2013 7:39 PM

I am currently reviewing Dr. Boderick's book.  I've decided to curate articles and research references I find in this most interesting publication.  I've only begun and I'm already intrigued. 

Kati Sarvela's curator insight, March 12, 2014 4:53 AM

Learning to breath... sounds simple. But still difficult.

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All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
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10 minutes a day. Everyone can find 10 minutes right?

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