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Entries tagged with “Compassion”

"A History of God" Author Karen Armstrong

The faith and spirituality expert shares her insight into the unifying practice of compassion.

5 Questions for Emma Seppälä

Researcher (and new S&H columnist) Emma Seppala, unpacks the latest studies on happiness and offers a new way forward in her new book The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Scie…

5 Self-Love Exercises

When I was a therapist, I met with many clients who nurtured others but spent a minimal amount of time offering love or care to themselves.A former client I’ll call Dave worked har…

Book Review: A Fearless Heart

A Fearless HeartHow the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our LivesBy Thupten Jinpa, PhDHUDSON STREET PRESSCharles Darwin’s ideas have often been used to portray human…

Book Review: A Plea for the Animals

A Plea for the AnimalsThe Moral, Philosophical, and Evolutionary Imperative to Treat All Beings with CompassionBy Matthieu RicardShambhala PublicationsAccording to a statistic cite…

Book Review: Altrusim

AltruismThe Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the WorldBy Matthieu RicardLITTLE, BROWNThe idea that personal interests motivate all human actions—termed “universal selfish…

Carrie Newcomer's Latest Album: Kindred Spirits

 With lyrics like “God walks around in muddy boots” and “a summer tomato is a cause to rejoice,” it’s clear Carrie Newcomer has a knack for finding the transcendent in the eve…

Close to the Ground: Buddhaland

She was sitting on a bench outside the grocery store where I shop. It was 8 a.m. and drizzling—typical for spring in Eugene. I watched her sip coffee out of a well-worn Starbucks c…

Compassion for Dating in the Technological Age

Recently I had a young man working with me who showed me the Tinder app as a means of finding dates. Here, you could rifle through a series of pictures like speed dating online, an…

Compassion Made Simple

When you’re focused on any activity, whether it’s your email, listening to a friend or sitting in a formal meditation practice, your mind is bound to wander. In The Now Effect I in…

Compassion: Brain Food for Happiness

Did you know that compassion, the act of recognizing someone else’s suffering with the inclination to want to support them, creates important activity shifts in the brain that are …

Complicated/Simple Compassion

“This compassion thing is so much more complicated than I thought,” said Mary Elizabeth as our local group continued with the chapter in One Dharma on “Compassion.” We think we’ll …

Create an Animal Healing Circle in Your Community

Shiri Joshua, M.A., is a psychotherapist, “animal whisperer,” and director of the Shiri Joshua Centre for Human & Animal Healing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Each month she …

Cultivating the Values 
of Your Practice

Rabbi Rami shares his personal practice for elevating awareness and compassion to bring thoughts, actions, and values into alignment.

Do Animals Have More Soul Than We Do?

Not only do animals live, they have lives—with “undiluted purity and clarity…”

Empathic to a Fault?

Therapists Seana McGee and Maurice Taylor explain the dark side of compassion.

Empathy for the Detestable, Compassion for the Callous

Most deeply spiritual people, regardless of their ancestral religion or their chosen path, esteem human beings who exhibit certain qualities, such as empathy, compassion, lovingkin…

Empathy: Medicine for a Wounded World

Here are eight ways to shift your thoughts to develop deeper empathy and help raise the vibration of our world.

For a Positive Body Image, Choose Self-Compassion over Self-Esteem

“Beauty is perfect in its imperfections, so you just have to go with the imperfections.” —Diane Von Furstenberg A new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has …

Four Awakenings to Compassion

In 1965, a marine biologist named Roger Payne found himself relaxing on the stern deck of a sailboat on the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Headphones snugly in place, he recorded th…

Gabor Maté: Why We're a Culture of Addicts

We're a culture of addicts, says Canadian physician Gabor Maté, whose controversial ideas just might heal us all.

Got Compassion?

Let’s skip the judgment and step into love.Sometimes when I speak to people of the importance of compassion, I see a look in their eyes that I interpret as, Why? All day long we he…

How to Avoid "Catching" a Bad Mood

Tips to become depression-proof, because misery does love company.

How to Practice Self-compassion

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself up.

Humanity in Animals

The Evolution of Empathy, Altruism, and Even the Soul

I Am

The Shift is About to Hit the FanBy Tom ShadyacFilm director Tom Shadyac had it all — a successful film career (Ace Ventura; Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty), a series of California man…

If You Find It Hard to Meditate…

Try the difficult path to enlightenment

Indulging the Totally Selfish Joys of Selfless Giving

Here’s the science behind creating a chain reaction of goodnessThough economists and grumps have long argued to the contrary, many spiritual traditions teach us that, at our core, …

Music Review: The Unchanging

The UnchangingDonna De LoryDe Lory MusicDonna De Lory’s new album, The Unchanging, is a devotional banquet. Some of the flavors and fragrances here come from De Lory’s gratitude to…

Neurons of Compassion

Have we found the basis for empathy and altruism?Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) was a complete accident. What may e…

Neurons of Compassion: Have we found the basis for empathy and altruism?

Like most great scientific breakthroughs, the discovery of the human mirror neuron system (MNS) was a complete accident. What may end up being the most important neuroscientific di…

Receiving Compassion and Generating Your Compassionate Self

An excerpt from Overcoming Destructive Anger by Bernard Golden, PhD.

Reflections on Judgment

I’m too judgmental. It is a bad habit (there I go again!), one I learned from my family, where criticism far outweighed compliments. I went to a liberal arts college to learn criti…

Roshi Joan Halifax on compassion, women in Buddhism, and altruism

The founder and abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Roshi Joan Halifax has been a socially active leader in Buddhism for more than 40 years—as a civil rights activis…

Self Compassion: How to Value Yourself

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself upStrive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such messages.…

Simple Human Kindness

Caring is a natural expression of our humanity.

So All May Eat

Excerpted from Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement

The Art of Compassion

Our local sangha wasn’t able to have our four-hour sitting yesterday because of a huge snowstorm, which knocked out power at the Unitarian church where we meet. I just got back fr…

The Christmas Bird

Excerpt from Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

The Dark Side of Forgiveness: The Goddess Tara

Tara is one of the most famous and widely beloved goddesses in Buddhism. She was formed from a single tear shed by the sage Avalokiteshvara when, just before he ascended to enlight…

The Force of Kindness

Change Your Life with Love and CompassionBy Sharon SalzbergThere is a thread that runs through all the world’s great wisdom teachings and religions, crossing the barriers of time, …

The Intelligent Heart

Excerpt from The Intelligent Heart

The Observer

Excerpt from The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for Human Condition

The Politics of Loving Kindness

 I remember the day I awakened to the idea that yoga was inherently political. I was sitting in a class when one of my teachers said: Yoga is inherently political because the …

The Quest for Justice, Part I

As any detective knows, when something is missing that should be present, a void where there should be a plenum, it is an important clue. Like the archetypal philosophical detectiv…

The Uncanny Practice of Entrainment

This key tool is employed, often unwittingly, by exceptional teachers, health care practitioners, clergy, and devoted guardians or parents.

VIDEO: How to Have a More Compassionate Diet

My decision to go vegan was the result of a long journey which began with the decision to stop eating red meat. After cutting out chicken and fish, the last and hardest step was gi…

Waking Up is Hard to Do: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

What does it mean to wake up, to be a fully realized human being? For those of us who might consider ourselves everyday people with a spiritual inclination, enlightenment can sound…

We Are All Responsible for Shootings

When I was a school counselor, there was a girl in the sixth grade who was absent more than present. When she did make it to school, kids called her “Dead Girl” because of her mono…

What Are Your Charms?

Several years ago my husband and I decided we wanted to buy a home in a really nice part of Maui. The house we chose was all glass and wood and had a beautiful ocean view. We set o…

What is Your Super Power?

About a year ago, I was leading a creative writing class and I gave the students this prompt: “If you could be a superhero with one power, what would that power be?” Instantly, sni…

What the Woman Who’s Embraced Over 34 Million People Knows About Love

Her real name is Mata Amritanandamayi, but if you’ve ever heard of her, you probably know her as Amma (“Mother”). The name was given to her when she was just a girl because of her …

Why We Are All Essentially Good

The most important thing for me now is reminding people that they are good. We are all essentially good. That is why we admire people like Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela so much. …

Wired for Compassion

In the mid-seventies, psychologist Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., left teaching at Harvard to write "The Brain" column for Psychology Today. He then joined the New York Times, where he mad…

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