compassion

A meditation on freedom during COVID-19 – Spiritual Article

As the United States begins relaxing stay-at-home orders, it has made me reflect on the meaning of freedom in the age of COVID-19. During this period of self-quarantining and social distancing, freedom has come to mean many different things to people.For the mostly conservative anti-shutdown protesters in the United States, (and to a much lesser extent, in Great Britain and Germany) freedom has meant the right to work and operate one’s own business without undue interference by the government. For…

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Compassion in the time of Coronavirus – Positivity Article

Yes, it’s my favourite topic! Those who have followed my blogs will know that compassion and self-compassion (SC) are key interests of mine. Perhaps then it is not surprising that I come back to them when the world tilts sideways and we all find ourselves in lockdown facing a global pandemic. I believe that they are an essential part of the Positive Psychology response at this time and an opportunity for us, as a discipline, to show that we have…

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Tonglen: a practice of compassion for self and other – Meditation Article

In response to the current coronavirus crisis, I’m putting together a FREE course on how we can find calmness and balance when things around us are falling apart. It’ll start on April 10, and will consist of 28 guided meditations, accompanied by just a few written words for context. The materials are delivered by email. Click here to enroll in the free course. I’ve also created a compassion practice to help us remain open to the suffering within and around…

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Coronavirus – Care, Compassion and Community – Positivity Article

Remember Brexit? Ah, those were the days, hey? Coronavirus A few months ago we hadn’t even heard of Coronavirus. Now, seemingly overnight, life as we know it has been blown apart by it. Nobody could have predicted what the first few months of this year would bring, and nobody can predict what the next few months will bring. In times of uncertainty it’s natural to feel worried and anxious. We face huge challenges, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. Challenges…

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The Need to Be Seen and Why It Matters — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

One of the greatest human needs is the need to be SEEN, not for who we pretend to be, but for who we truly are underneath it all.  ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Today I’m thinking about how most of the time we pass by one another without looking into each other’s eyes and recognizing who we truly are. We walk around pretending the people around us are not people. And we pass by one another as if none of us…

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How to Become Better, Not Bitter — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Allow life’s many pains and hardships to make you Better, not Bitter. To refine you like silver and purify you like gold. To turn your wounds into wisdom and all your difficulties into opportunities. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc Life’s many challenges are meant to make us Better, not Bitter. But it all depends on how we choose to manage our moments of hardship, intense pain, and darkness. 10 Ways to Help You Become Better, Not Bitter 1. Intend to become…

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Understanding Karma – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

Few concepts are as misunderstood as the concept of karma. It’s often perceived as a kind of reward and punishment system that is woven into the fabric of the universe. People may assume that the more good deeds they do, the more they will be rewarded with good fortune. Or some people might witness someone experiencing something painful and say it’s just their karma. They must have created this situation. It’s just fate. There is often a feeling that the…

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What You Can Learn About Changing Your Habits from… – Happiness Article

On almost every episode of the GGSC’s Science of Happiness podcast, we invite a guest to try out a different research-tested happiness practice, drawn from another GGSC site, Greater Good in Action. Our guests have discovered that choosing the right goals—not to mention sticking with them—is a challenge. Over the years, they’ve stumbled upon obstacles and insights along the way—and in the process they have provided lessons for all of us. Here are staff-picked highlights from the Science of Happiness…

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How to Break Free of Emotional Eating – Happiness Article

Do you have struggles around eating? If you do, you’re not alone. In the United States, millions of people will fit the diagnosis for binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Many more have less severe eating issues—such as obsessing over calorie counting or feeling shame when they eat “bad” foods—that wreak havoc on their health and happiness. Often, people with problematic eating patterns are worried about their weight and attempt to lose weight by cycling through dieting…

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Brené Brown on Letting Go of Blame – Meditation Article

When painful or difficult things happen in life, how do you react? Do you immediately want to know whose fault it is? Blaming is the habit of making other people or things ‘wrong’ or responsible when difficult things happen to us. According to research professor, author and speaker Brené Brown, we mostly blame when we are in pain or angry. “Here’s what we know from the research,” she says, “Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain. It has…

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Poison in the sugar-bowl – Wildmind – Meditation Article

Many, many years ago, when I was in my twenties, I was at the apartment of a newly divorced woman I’d just started dating when her ex dropped by unexpectedly. Awkward! Especially since she had just popped out of the house and wouldn’t be back for a few minutes! Trying to be a good host, I offered him a cup of coffee. He accepted. I imagine he was grateful that we could diffuse this tense situation through a little social…

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How a Non-Judgemental Mind Connects & Transform Us – Meditation Article

When you first start to meditate, the first thing you discover (if you haven’t already) is the fact that you have a ‘voice’ in your head. Not only do you have a voice in the head, but a voice that never stops. It talks incessantly, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep (and for some of us it won’t even stop then!). This voice, very often, isn’t very helpful. It commentates on our lives…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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Episode 15: Cultivating Mindful Intimate Relationships – Meditation Article

After a long time of inactivity, I have resurrected the Live and Dare Podcast in order to interview Dr. Rick Hanson. I met Dr. Rick during a conference in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2018. It was the first nation-wide meditation conference in Australia, organized by the Meditation Association of Australia, of which I’m part. I enjoyed his approach, method of teaching and message, so I decided to connect and exchange some ideas. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS,…

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A Better Way to Talk to Yourself – Happiness Article

THERESA SCOTT When I first got into a relationship with Louis, I kind of thought to myself, “This person doesn’t seem like a person that has been imprisoned for as long as he has.” He had such a balance to his personality, to the way that he carried himself. I’m like, what is going on with this person. We kind of saw each other for two years. Initially, I kind of kept him at arm’s length because I figured that…

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Meditation is the Key to Knowing Yourself — Pema Chödrön – Lion’s Roar – Meditation Article

Photo by Eniko Kis. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps, says Pema Chödrön, to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. Meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. It helps us to know ourselves: our rough parts and our smooth parts, our passion, aggression, ignorance and wisdom. The reason that…

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A shared identity in a polarizing world – Spiritual Article

“Where are you from?” In a simple world, I would answer that I’m from Canada. If I gave that answer, I would look like a fool, though, because I know what the other person is really asking. They are asking for your ethnicity or culture. The expected answer from me would be, “I am Indian, but I was born in Canada.” I have had this conversation more than a thousand times, but recently, I realized how inherently isolating the underlying…

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Thinking Kind Thoughts About Yourself Boosts Both Physical and Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Self-compassion and kindness toward yourself is an essential factor in anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, thinking kind thoughts about yourself is not only good for your mental health, but can actually affect you at a physical and biological level. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford separated participants into 5 different groups and had each listen to a different 11 minute audio recording. Some of these…

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How To Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

On my preschool report card, I got a check mark saying that I needed to work on cutting along the lines. To the teacher, I was going too fast and didn’t have the patience to carefully maneuver the scissors. Fast-forward to middle school, where I had to stay after school to finish my sewing project. Why? Because I couldn’t match up the moving needle to the pattern. From the instructor’s view, I was another student in line attempting to make…

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