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Conversations on compassion: Jon Kabat-Zinn

Conversations on compassion: interviews with individuals who have contributed to changing the world.
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When I think about compassion I see in my mind a window openning and the world rushing in. Practicing compassion will have the effect of  expanding your world of wonder and surprise.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 2014 2:02 PM

This is a long video, but I am looking forward to watching it. I saw him present a year ago and it was great.

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How to Raise Your Consciousness in a Distracted World

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It takes consciousness to grow consciousness -- like fuel to a flame.  The good news is that you already have it -- you simply need to add the fuel. 

 

From Steve Pavlina, here are 10 ways to become more conscious:

 

  1. Accept truth.  Whatever you are afraid to know lowers your consciousness.
  2. Have courage.  It is the gatekeeper between unconscious growth and conscious growth.
  3. Search for signs of unconscious cruelty and disconnection in your life.
  4. Get clear about what you want; clarity focuses your mind.
  5. Improving your ability to concentrate will make you more conscious.  Distraction lowers consciousness.
  6. First and foremost, know thyself; knowledge raises consciousness.
  7. Logic is a powerful tool of consciousness when used correctly.
  8. Seek out others you perceive to be at a higher level of consciousness than you are.
  9. Take care of your physical body -- your primary means of interacting with the world.
  10. Intention is fundamental. Be determined to raise your consciousness.

 

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Expand Your Empathetic Potential

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We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
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Empathy.  Today, this word is on the lips of business leaders, teachers, scientists, and political activists.  The big question?  How to expand your empathetic potential?

 

"Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives".  Here are six ways:

 

  1. Cultivate curiosity about strangers
  2. Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities
  3. Try another person's life
  4. Listen hard and open up
  5. Inspire mass action and social change
  6. Develop an ambitious imagination

 

The 20th century was the "Age of Introspection" where the belief was that the best way to understand yourself and Life was to look inside yourself. 

 

"The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy" -- discovering yourself not just through self-reflection but by becoming authentically interested in the lives of others.  At home. At work.  And within society as a whole.

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Caring for the Caregiver

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November is National Family Caregivers Month and here are 10 tips to help you care for your patient's caregiver.
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November is National Family Caregivers month.  Below, ten tips to help you care for your patient's caregiver.

 

  1. Make a small gesture of touch as a way to acknowledge them and their pain
  2. Assure them that the absolute best possible care is being provided to the patient
  3. Cultivate reciprocal feelings of trust
  4. Honor their knowledge of the patient
  5. Allieviate their guilt
  6. Tell them the truth, gently and honestly
  7. Remind them to care for themselves physically, mentally and spiritually
  8. Be patient with their impatience
  9. Connect them with resources that can offer support
  10. Smile

 

Being compassionate and understanding to the caregiver will actually contribute to the patient's healing and inner peace.  It will also help the caregiver feel cared for, benefitting everyone involved.

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Jessica Smith's curator insight, October 9, 2014 4:09 PM

This article highlights how the caregiver needs to be cared for, too, and offers ways to do that. It's a simple article, but I believe it's really important to approach someone who is struggling to take care of someone. They are often struggling and need someone to look out for them. This article displays several good ways about starting to help that person, or people, as well.

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Have You Forgotten Compassion?

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Ask yourself, Have You Forgotten Compassion? Life moves so fast it's an easy thing to do... Take a breath and revisit compassion.
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Phones, tablets, television, music, texting and desktops all huming along pushing us forward at a faster and faster pace... It's easy to forget to stop and revisit compassion.

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Compassion & The Art of Having Fun

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In the same way that an airline attendant will tell passengers in pre-flight instructions to secure their own oxygen mask before assisting others, in life we need to learn how to feel compassion for ourselves first, before we can be happy or...
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"If you want to be happy, practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion."   -- Dalai Lama

 

For most of us, this is easier said than done.  But the bottom line is this: Happiness is linked to compassion; and it begins with your own self-view.

 

When "we can feel a deep sense of gratitude toward ourselves, appreciating our basic good nature -- when we feel self-love, self-worth and self-compassion, we are more capable of meeting life's challenges with success and grace,"  This minimizes anxiety and despair.  There is simply no possibility of having fun in life without first generating self-compassion -- what scientific research now calls "self-affiliation". 

 

Self-affiliation can be created at any time through a very simple exercise that this Huff Post blogger shares.  When self-compassion is actuated, "the ground is set for a fuller enjoyment of life, and a greater ability to have fun!"

 

 

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The Empathy Zone

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The Empathy Zone - http://t.co/GUQEjaKMQ4 - via KR CONNECT
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Do you often find that others are not on the same emotional plane as you are?  That is the question European researchers asked as they devised a test to identify the part of the brain that deals with empathy. 

 

It turns out that our brains are actually trying to help us be more empathetic.  And it is the hope of Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and the author of this blog, that research will continue to go towards finding ways to improve our empathy levels...Without it, we're not human.

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What Does it Take to be an Amazing Leader?

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In my work as a startup founder over the last few years, I've been fortunate enough to find myself surrounded by some incredible young leaders, be mentored by a few wise executives, and spend time


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We are living in a world of profound complexity and unprecedented change.  A world where things seem to turn on a dime.  So what does it really take to be an amazing leader today?  Shane Snow shares with us some of the patterns he has observed from the best leaders in his life.

 

  • Great leaders change their minds and do so often; they have the courage to admit when they are wrong.
  • Great leaders absorb shock; they are "the first to face danger, the first to battle; and shield the group from harm".
  • Great leaders overcommunicate; they confide in their followers, trusting them with all the information.
  • Great leaders think before answering; they do not feel the pressure to have instant answers to everything.
  • Great leaders search for the right path; not the easy path.
  • Great leaders have sacred time for themselves; they know that self-improvement and balance is imperative.
  • Great leaders are in it for others; they are motivated by the desire to help others.

 

If you are trying to become a better leader in your work and life, Shane Snow sums it up beautifully:  "Strive to be the kind of leader you would follow yourself." 

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