#Compassion

A New Breed Of Politician

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sharon Bull

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Derby August 2016 - picture by Sharon Bull Ashamedly, until a few years ago, I had very little interest in politics. Most e...

The Hierarchy Of Suffering

Daloni Carlisle | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daloni Carlisle

This is what I call the hierarchy of suffering and I want to challenge it. It's a way of thinking that says because I have this cancer, my suffering trumps yours. My friend did not call to tell me about her accident because, in her mind, her suffering is lower down in this pyramid. She is not worthy of my sympathy.

Wave Goodbye To Self-Criticism And Say Hello To Compassion

Dr Jessamy Hibberd | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Jessamy Hibberd

There's a deeply entrenched belief that you need to be self-critical if you want to work hard or do well. That you have to suffer to succeed and without self-criticism you might become complacent or put in less effort.

The People I Meet

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

A few nights ago, in the second half when it was the audience's turn to speak, a man asked how mindfulness would work for someone with multiple personality disorder. I asked if he was kidding and he and his partner said he wasn't and that he had a disorder called D.I D.

Compassion (An Extraordinary Tale)

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I went to the gallery and met Tiffany; young, great looking and gushing with sweetness, saying that even though she paid £1,300 she doesn't mind, she wants me to take the computer because it would be bad karma if she didn't give back what was mine.

Compass Or A Sat Nav For The Digital World?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Carrick-Davies

Asking students yesterday about the earliest time they logged on that morning, most admitted to waking early for fear of missing out (FOMO). The adrenaline rush they receive from posts being "liked" can become addictive and sleep is the casualty.

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

Amanda Elias | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.

Compassion Fatigue? Not In Our Name

Katherine Davies | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Katherine Davies

Photo: Glen Matthews It was odd to read the recent news commentary reporting 'compassion fatigue' over Syria. I do not know a single person who is no...

Why We All Need To Be More Compassionate

A. Dassu | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

We focus so much on what we have to do and our lack of time. We rush from one place to the next, our lives are filled with things to do, places to be that we sometimes don't allow ourselves to be more compassionate.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: Celebrating The Humanitarian Spirit At The Rio Olympics And Onwards

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In wars and disaster zones, a simple explanation is that humanity is a force that advances the idea of life, with dignity. To strengthen the idea of humanity for people caught in conflicts, epidemics and disasters, we could borrow some ideas from the Olympic motto: Citius (faster), Altius (higher) and Fortius (stronger).

Imagine

Katherine Press | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

Scrolling though the news channels this morning was like the opening sequence to a film in which the director is trying to convey just how chaotic the world has become in the dystopian future. Except it's real life. It's right now, and though I can choose to turn off the TV, I cannot forget what I've learned and I cannot ignore it - and nor should you.

What's Next?

Katherine Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Katherine Press

The first thing I read upon waking today was a twitter alert about the shooting of Philando Castile. Yesterday my morning news was of Alton Sterling. I sat and cried wondering what we can do, when would we start making this world better instead of breaking it apart?

Brexit - Time to Get Serious About Compassion

Izzy McRae | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

So last week I wrote about how to cope with other people's negative emotions. The following day, the Brexit result was announced. The result packed such a big emotional punch that even though I normally try to keep out of politics, I felt I had to write about it. Brexit shows how difficult it can be to remain compassionate and balanced in response to a slew of anger and hatred.

Moving On from Brexit Blame

Liz Lowe | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Liz Lowe

Still reeling from the aftershocks of last week's vote to leave the EU, I wanted to write something - but so much has already been written, and the internet needs another angry rant like Instagram needs another 'avocado on toast' shot. Lets face it, we're all a bit exhausted.

What the Brexit Vote Tells Us About Humankind

Susanna Halonen | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Susanna Halonen

Nearly a week ago Britain made the historic vote to leave the EU. To this day, nearly half of the country (48.1% of the voters to be exact) continues to be devastated with the shocking results. That includes me.

How Can You Avoid Catching Other People's Negative Emotions?

Izzy McRae | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

When someone is feeling negative, while it may be helpful to empathise with them, it's not great (or indeed helpful) to feel the same as them. How can we stay kind and open, without picking up their negativity?

Let's Fight Hate With Compassion, Not With More Hate.

Jonathan Young | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

I had barely heard of Jo Cox when the news emerged of her death last Thursday. But watching the tributes pour in, I felt a deep sense of loss. The l...

What We Have to Learn from Jo Cox's Tragic Death.

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Elizabeth Wright

Jo Cox's death on Thursday, along with the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, has been a wakeup call for all of us, in a world where its becoming increasingly apparent that violence is the accepted answer to someone who doesn't agree with you or isn't like you. When did this way of dealing with difference become the norm?

On Compassion

Ruby Wax | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Why do we always need to find someone to blame for our discomfort in being alive? If I can figure out this 'c' thing I may be able to save the world or at least myself.

Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Jeremy Howick | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Howick

Evolutionary theory would be compatible with altruism if we could expect the same in return. One monkey picks the parasites from the back of his monkey friend, then his monkey friend returns the favor. But it is hard to see how the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' gene could ever gain dominance in the first place.

Mindfulness Is Not Enough

Kate Carne | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Carne

Recently, an old student got in touch. She had been on one of my earliest courses, and said she was struggling. Mindfulness had helped her in the past, but at the moment she was feeling terrible.

Why Mindfulness Isn't Fluffy, the Princess and the Frog

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

I recently introduced mindfulness to a small group. What they found surprising was the fact that mindfulness isn't about sitting and picturing a beach scene and blocking out the 'bad stuff'. The sitting practice of meditation does often enable a sense of calm and restfulness, but this isn't always the case.

There Is a Way

Sharon Bull | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Sharon Bull

Cover Design - Socciones "In 2010 I woke up!" The opening line of my speech at 'Derby Women's Centre' on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. My fift...

Five Steps to a Valentine's Day Full of Love: Work on Yourself to Work on Your Relationship

Susanna Halonen | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Susanna Halonen

Valentine's Day is here and you might be frantically thinking about how to show your loved one you care. Or perhaps you're waiting with excitement what they will do for you to surprise you. There's nothing wrong with either of those scenarios - unless you start to let your expectations influence the happiness and love you feel.

It's a Right Pain

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is key when we consider pain, bringing kindness and understanding towards ourselves when experiencing pain can make a difference. Studies show time and time again the variance in pain experience when mindfulness and compassion are introduced.