Compassion

Kristin Neff, Ph.D. on self compassion

Self Compassion with Kristin Neff

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D. on goodness and human beings.

On Goodness and Human Beings

Roshi Joan Halifax speaking at TED on Compassion.

Compassion and the True Meaning of Empathy

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Blocks to Self-Compassion: Holding on to the Past – Resentments and Blaming

Compassion Free Hugs

Self-compassion Involves Self-Acceptance Self-compassion is blocked when you hold on to resentments from the past, anger towards those who hurt you, and blocks openness to what is happening “in the now”. We can have self-compassion when we see our role in conflicts in the past and present. Letting go, allows us to move on with our life and not be stuck blaming others, when appropriate forgiving them, and/or accepting what happened. Revenge, bitterness, and anger, gives control back to the person who you blame for your own personal misery. You are then engaged in “hating” which prevents you from being … Continue Reading

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Compassion: The Mainstay of Mindfulness

Compassion Puppy Hands

One of the quickest and most effective way to start being mindful is to invoke compassionfor yourself and for others. If there is one thing you can do immediately it is to become more compassionate. Here are some ways that you can be compassionate: Being reflective (gentle) & responsive (feeling) instead of reactive (angry) Being sensitive to others’ suffering as well as your own suffering Changing critical attitudes (greed, hatred, delusion) into compassionate attitudes ( generosity, love, awareness) Taking responsibility for mistakes instead of blaming & defensiveness Invoking “right speech” – instead of complaining about others Cherishing (loving) your partner/spouse … Continue Reading