#Compassion

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 05.04.2016 | 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 03.03.2016 | 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 12.02.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | 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.

The Most Amazing Woman in the World

Luke Cameron | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Cameron

Throughout my Nicest Job journey I have met some incredible people - but one of those people stick out more than all the others. This week I am going to tell you about Maria.

Two Men and Two Babies

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

What strikes me about these two men is that between them they run a tight ship, there are no blurred boundaries and they have huge hearts. Love isn't a soft emotion, compassion and love are strong courageous and determined.

It Is at the Heart of Everything - Love

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Compassion is there, in all of us, we don't need to create it, just cultivate it. Engaging with compassion meditations is an excellent way to bring more your way. Just sitting and wishing those around you well, visualising others happiness as well as your own is the start of a greater experience of compassion.

It's Time for More Compassion

Dr Elizabeth Sparkes | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Elizabeth Sparkes

Cultivating compassion isn't hard work; we are uncovering something that is present in all of us. Loving kindness meditation is one way to develop a compassionate practice, originating from Buddhist traditions it has been shown to slow respiratory rate in just ten minutes of practice.

Four Days of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.

How Compassion Is Like Chocolate Cake

David Roland | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Roland

I had been recovering from posttraumatic stress disorder, a result of my work as a clinical and forensic psychologist when a stroke hit me out-of-the-blue. Any thoughts I'd entertained of resurrecting my career as a practising psychologist were blown away.

Awareness, Compassion, and Purpose: The Key Ingredients for Unconditional Wellbeing

David Mochel | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

No matter what their circumstances, human beings have a remarkable ability to flourish or suffer. After 25 years of study, teaching, and coaching based on enduring wisdom and modern research related to wellbeing, I have found that certain themes just keep coming up. Here are some of my favorites.

Putting Compassion at the Heart of Progressive Politics

Matt Hawkins | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

There's a phrase doing the rounds in the environmental movement at the moment: "there's no jobs on a dead planet." I can see the appeal. It offers a s...

I Was Late Home Last Night

Frankie Lowe | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frankie Lowe

That's the thing, isn't it? It's one thing to moan about the selfish bridge jumper when you're at the back of a three mile pile-up, but it's another thing when you have felt the very vehicle you are sitting in steamroller over flesh and bones.