Compassion

 
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The People in Okinawa, Japan Don’t Live Longer and Happier By Accident
In places like Loma Linda, California, Costa Rica, the islands of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Greece’s Ikaria, people are living healthier, happier, and longer than anywhere else in the world. These locations are called “Blue Zones.”

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Free Yourself From the Narcissist/Empath Pattern

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
~ Thomas Merton ~

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   6 Keys to Making the Global Shift in Human Consciousness

The great shift in the consciousness of humanity has hit critical mass and passed the point of no return. It’s been building slowly but surely, and now it’s about to kick into high gear. The next decade or so will be a period of enormous change and perhaps more than a little turbulence. Think of this as the process of humanity going into labour as it begins to birth a new earth reality. In this article, I offer what I consider the six keys to smoothly and successfully making the shift to the New Earth and becoming a charter member of a wonderful new era of humanity.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Nothing to Fear – Shifting From Fear to Love

Fear is running rampant in our world and it is blinding many to the inner guiding voice of their soul, and keeping us from creating a better world. We can all transcend our fears by embracing a few higher truths and increasing our awareness of a few important points.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   This 2,000 Year-Old Story Holds The Key To Finding Ourselves

A story that sums up the human experience for me is that of the prodigal son. This is the story of the overzealous son who wastes his father’s fortune and ends up destitute through his reckless travels. He returns home with the intention of begging his father to be made a servant, but is unexpectedly welcomed back and celebrated for his journey. He is celebrated because he lost himself through the trials and tribulations of being out in the world, but was found again on his return home. He was lost and then was found.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   The Four Qualities of a Boundless Heart

Life is always one step ahead of us.

It seems that once we figure one thing out, another problem always pops up. We get good at one thing, and then realise we are completely inept at something else. We pick up one skill, and then realise we have lost sight of another. Nothing is ever settled. Nothing is ever lastingly resolved. It all exists in a perpetual state of chaotic flux—a dynamic field of everlasting change—and the absence of certainty and stability oftentimes leaves us feeling confused and wanting more.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   An Open Letter from a Therapist
~ Therapy is a “come as you are” kinda deal. It’s a place where you can be real—let more of yourself roam free. You can be honest. There is no uniform. I don’t care what you look like. You don’t have to put on makeup. You don’t have to wash your hair. Arrive in your pajamas or your Burning Man tutu.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   The Work It Takes To Be Truly Vulnerable
Imagine, for a moment, that you wanted to get in better shape. You’d know what you’re in for right? More or less, the formula is to challenge your body in various ways that a) burn fat that isn’t serving you, b) build strength, and c) stress your muscles in order to produce growth. The results certainly won’t be immediate, but over time, we start to see where the grind is paying off. We engage with a stress point, knowing that a better version of ourselves is on the other side of the discomfort.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   Narcissism Has Reached Epidemic Levels in the United States — Could Self-Compassion be the Cure?

Narcissism is on the rise. We see it on social media, in friends and family — even ourselves, if we’re lucky enough to be self-reflective. In fact, Jean Twenge, author of ‘Generation Me’, believes we are experiencing a “narcissism epidemic” in America. To explore the idea, she surveyed more than 15,000 US college students between 1987 and 2006. During those two decades, levels of narcissism soared — with an astonishing 65 percent of modern-day students ranking higher in narcissism than what we’ve seen in previous generations.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   The Quote That Helped Me Stop Chasing the Tail of Self-Esteem

Over the past 25 years, I have been immersed in the mental health and addiction system as a patient, later as staff, as a Registered Nurse (RN), and eventually as a supervisor. My time in the mental health system officially began at age 17 when I was first hospitalised in a psychiatric unit. This preceded further hospitalisations, a number of treatment episodes for alcoholism/addiction, along with multiple stints of incarceration in jails. Eventually, through this experience, I was able to embrace recovery and ultimately gain employment at some of these same facilities in which I was treated.

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  8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice   8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice

Let’s say conflict arises when you’re with someone. It could be anyone — a friend, your spouse, your child, your boss, a stranger in line at the supermarket, your employee. Something happens, and you are triggered. The story of what triggers you doesn’t matter so much. Someone cut you off in traffic. Your boyfriend is flirting with another woman. Your mother criticised you… again. Your boss demeaned you… again. Your child just overstepped the boundary you set… again. Or it could be more serious. Your husband cheated. Your daughter stole from you. Your boss made a pass at you. Your best friend just slept with your girlfriend. Your business partner embezzled from you.

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  Scientists Discover Instinctual “Reptilian” Region of the Brain Directly Linked to Compassion and Happiness   Scientists Discover Instinctual “Reptilian” Region of the Brain Directly Linked to Compassion and Happiness

We’ve all had those kinds of days where everything seems to go wrong. You’re running late, and hit every single stoplight from home to work. Kids are uncooperative. You forget your phone (and wallet). You spill coffee down the front of your shirt. And so it goes. Nothing overly shocking, it happens to everyone now and again, but science is finding that how we respond to these kinds of challenging circumstances says a lot about how our brains are wired — and how resilient (and happy) we are when faced with negative events.

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  20 Transformational Truths From Sages Throughout the Ages   20 Transformational Truths From Sages Throughout the Ages

Throughout the ages, there have been many who have had a taste of incredibly mesmerising higher states of consciousness. Rather than keep their experiential knowledge and wisdom about the higher and deeper elements of existence to themselves, they spread the word to others, be it through spoken word, written works, or other methods.

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Sprouting Seeds Of Compassion

Enough words have been exchanged; Now at last let me see some deeds!
...What does not happen today, will not be done tomorrow.
- Goethe

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  Tantra, Mantra, Yantra and Tibet – Where Imperialism and Spirituality Collide   Tantra, Mantra, Yantra and Tibet
– Where Imperialism and Spirituality Collide

The word ‘tantra’ signifies confluence and integration; a fusion. Sanskrit for ‘loom’, a device which weaves together string into cloth, tantra is an ancient word with many properties and uses; it has been variously used to describe the knots of strings weaved together in a rug, and the cord on which sacred mala bead necklaces were strung. (Mala beads are Tibetan prayer necklaces of 108 beads used to assist mentally or vocally repeating a mantra 108 times.) Today the word tantra is often used in reference to the union of lovemaking.

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The Magic of Compassion Science

Have you ever sat down with your doctor and talked about your brain - heart to heart? Neither have I. But that’s exactly what happened in our call with Dr. James Doty. Apparently he is capable of living several lives simultaneously. Among other things: he is a neurosurgeon with top ratings from the Consumer Research Council of America; he is the founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University; he is an inventor of surgical instruments and an entrepreneur; he is a philanthropist whose gifts support global health and peace initiatives as well as major universities.

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  The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder  

The Other Side: The Spiritual Gift of Borderline Personality Disorder

She was crying like I had never seen anyone cry before. As she sat with her head in her hands, the large, clear tears rushed down her cheek and dripped on the floor. Her husband had just informed her that he would be leaving her and taking their six-year-old daughter with him, with the parting words “until you can change.”

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The Unsung Hero At The Checkout Counter

I was driving home late one night and decided to make a stop at the supermarket down the street from my house. I wandered around the aisles for a surprisingly long time and finally ended up in the check out line with a tiny box of curiously-strong breath mints.

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